Today, a mechanical alarm may appear as a redundant complication. However, during the mid-20th century, it would have served as a functional, everyday reminder for daily tasks. Jaeger LeCoultre
first introduced a movement with an alarm function in the early 1950s, integrated into watches bearing the Memovox
Whilst collectors may be familiar with Jaeger LeCoultre’s alarm function in wristwatch form, it is seldom ever seen in clocks such as these. Moreover, with most of these pieces sold under the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox branding, very few have emerged with the name of a retailer on the dial.
Rather charmingly, this clock is signed by Gübelin, one of the oldest watch retailers in Europe. The clock is also signed Ipso-Vox on the dial, a model name which was only ever used by Gübelin. Other retailers for pieces such as this would have included Cartier, Dunhill and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Made out of brass with a striking red lacquer surface, the clock is propped up by a collapsable stand on the back of the case. The golden dial, with a sunburst finish, features an inner-ring for the alarm function and a date indication at 3 o’clock.
Rather ingeniously, Jaeger-LeCoultre separated the power reserve for the timekeeping and alarm functions in the movement. As a result, a separate mainspring is used for the alarm, ensuring its longevity. The clock, including the alarm function, is wound and set with two separate crowns on the back of the case. We do hope you find it as alarmingly charming as we do.