Mime With Time: Charlie Chaplin and the Evolution of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox

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In this feature, courtesy of our friends at WatchTime India, we take you through the evolution of the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox, along with offering an exclusive peek into the estate-turned-museum of one of the watch’s famous fans, legendary silent-film star Charlie Chaplin.

Fueled by a pent-up consumer demand and rapid industrialization, the post-World War II years witnessed a myriad of employment opportunities. This was also the time when watch companies started focusing on sleek, practical wristwatches over military timepieces.

Designed to help businessmen keep up with their busy schedules, the Memovox from Jaeger-LeCoultre made a remarkable entry in the 1950s (vintage model pictured below). Equipped with an alarm function, the mechanical, manually wound watch distinguished itself with an additional crown on the side that helped control the chiming function.

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