Since Benedict Cumberbatch wore the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox for the making of the short film In a Breath, it has become one of his favourite pieces. Wearing the watch on many different occasions over the past year, the actor and longstanding Friend of La Grande Maison has come to appreciate its great versatility – both as a casually elegant everyday timepiece and as a high-performing dive watch.

“It is slim for a diving watch which I really like – and it’s a very stylish thing: I can just wear it at home with a jumper as well as with a wetsuit,” he says. “Because it’s so understated and elegant, I can wear it for everything – in the sea or on a bicycle, at a photo-shoot or just chilling out.”

Being fitted with the Memovox alarm movement lends an additional, unique charm to this particular Polaris Mariner model, he adds: “The alarm is perfect, especially compared to a digital alarm, as it’s a lot softer and quieter – and if you’re wearing it gives a very gentle vibration, which I really like.”

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