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The 60th Anniversary of the MemovoxFourty exceptional Memovox exhibited at Artcurial Auction House, Paris

To mark the 60th anniversary of the legendary Memovox, Jaeger-LeCoultre is associating with a major French collector to present 40 historical Memovox watches from the 1950s to the 1970s. This private collection of 40 exceptional Memovox watches will be exhibited at Artcurial Auction House, from November 24th to 28th 2010 in Paris.

The Memovox, meaning “voice of memory”, is an iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre model introduced in 1950. It was powered by the first automatic movement in watchmaking history to be equipped with an alarm function: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 815. Representing an extremely rare case, this legendary movement is still being produced 60 years after its creation, having been tirelessly improved and enhanced by the engineers and watchmakers of the Manufacture in order to meet the latest technological demands.

In aesthetic terms, the Memovox has been interpreted over the years in many different versions tailored to the trends of successive eras, in turn classic or sporty. It is a watch that remains highly sought-after among collectors. Some inescapable models such as one of the first 1950 Memovox watches with “roller”-type lugs, the Memovox Parking (1958) or the famous Memovox Deep Sea (1959) and Polaris (1968) will be on show. The public will also be able to admire several extremely rare models, such as the Memovox Snow Drop featuring a blue dial (1971), Memovox models produced in extremely small series (up to 100), as well as a stunning 1967 model with a brown and red dial. This represents a unique opportunity to discover all the forerunners of the contemporary Master Memovox and Master Memovox International watches presented this year.

This exceptional exhibition will also give all collectors the chance of coming to present their Jaeger-LeCoultre watches and clocks during the appraisal days held in preparation for the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Unique Auction” to be organised by Artcurial in Paris at the end of 2011.