"A legendary alarm clock from the Vallé de Joux with a deep black dial"
RRRRRRRR-RING! The Memovox’s alarm sounds like the ringing of an old telephone. The volume isn’t earsplitting on the wrist, where it unobtrusively reminds its wearer of an upcoming appointment. But when this watch is placed on a bedside table, the tabletop becomes an additional resonating body and the alarm rings loudly enough to summon even the most somnolent sleepyhead from dreamland. An alarm ranks among the most practical horological complications. And the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox, along with the Vulcain Cricket, is one of the best-known models with this audible feature. With a name that can be translated as “the voice of memory,” the Memovox first rang in 1950. The collection has undergone numerous expansions over the years. For example, a model with time zones printed on its dial debuted in 1958, followed by a variation that reminded its owner to grab a few quarters and run out to feed the parking meter.
Founded in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been acknowledged since the 19th century as the “Grande Maison” of the Vallée de Joux. With over 200 patents and more than 1,000 different calibres developed and crafted under one roof, several icon models such as the Reverso, the Duoplan or the Atmos, it is one of the most important and most innovative players in watchmaking history.