http://www.thewatchbox.com If you're the kind of watch collector who prefers to buy exclusively from the top shelf, climb aboard; the flagship just docked at thewatchbox.com. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Memovox was the absolute top-of-the-line at the Grand Maison in 2001. Consider that Jaeger-LeCoultre is regarded as the ultimate house of arts, crafts, and mechanical know-how in the Vallee de Joux. Now, imagine what it means to say that the Grande Memovox is the one-watch embodiment of everything JLC knows. First, there's the vaunted Memovox alarm. Unveiled in 1950, each generation of JLC's signature complication has become more sophisticated. By 2001, the Memovox had evolved from a dull rattle to a bright and voluminous ring. The key can be found in the Grande Memovox's bronze gong. Acoustic properties studied in Chinese temples and miniaturized in Le Sentier endow the "Grandest" of memovox models with a voice that impresses in any language. A perpetual calendar is the star of the Grande Memovox's silvered dial. While it is a given that perpetual calendars will overcome irregular months and leap years, few rivals offer as much information as the Jaeger-LeCoultre/IWC complication used in this watch. When your companion inquires about the date, he'd better be ready to remember the day, date, month, year, decade, and phase of the moon. It's all there; JLC adds a 24-hour hand for precise reading of AM/PM status and safe setting of the perpetual calendar. And don't forget the case. Jaeger-LeCoutlre is a true manufacture, and it's easy to overlook the scope of that distinction. Long known for producing industry-leading movements (and slipping more than a few to Vacheron, Patek, and AP), JLC also boasts an accomplished record of manufacturing its own cases, bracelets, and buckles. The 18-karat rose gold case of the Master Grande Memovox is beautifully finished, impressively substantial, and rich in tone. The flagship is boarding, but there's only one ticket left. See this Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Memovox in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.