Today’s man is someone who does it all. Always open to the new and untried, he finds surprising and innovative ways to make the most out of his life. For him, it’s about the journey, not the destination, and the experiences along the way. For his lifestyle, he needs an elegant yet sporty timepiece that can do it all, one that keeps up with his active pace: the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris.


Ryk Neethling, a friend of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Maison since 2016, is the perfect epitome of a man of action. As a former Olympic swimming champion and gold medalist, Neethling holds a long list of achievements and is a living testament to his pursuit of excellence. The ‘2016 Ryk Neethling Premium Blend’ was launched on 19 July to coincide with the reveal of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris, in The L’Huguenot cellar, situated on Val de Vie Estate, in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.




2016 Ryk Neethling – Premium Blend


The rich history of the land on which Val de Vie Estate is situated dates back to the 1600s when French Huguenot descendant Abraham Andries le Roux brought his sound knowledge of viticulture to the region. The ideal climate and blend of cool and warm winds have since played a prominent role in the production of award-winning wines.


The L’Huguenot Venue and Vinoteque is home to the exclusive Val de Vie and Polo Club ranges. which is available at special prices. The Val de Vie collection consists of three sophisticated, timeless blends, of which the 2016 Ryk Neethling Premium Blend is one.


The 2016 Ryk Neethling Premium Blend is an elegant, full bodied wine integrated with cherry and plum flavours with smooth tannings and a subtle pepper aroma. This rich coloured wine perfectly complements red meat dishes.


For wine orders contact Barbara Hugo at the L’Huguenot Wine Cellar on Val de Vie Estate – or call +27(0)72 244 8495




About Ryk Neethling


Neethling discovered his passion for swimming as a young boy in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Following his participation in the 2008 Summer Olympics, he became the first South African to compete in four successive Olympic Games.


The highlight of his career came in 2004, when he won the gold medal and set a new world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay along with Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns and Darian Townsend. To serve as a source of inspiration to the pupils, he donated his Olympic gold medal to his former high school, Grey College in Bloemfontein.


Neethling’s long list of achievements is a living testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence. These include breaking five world records and being crowned world champion three times. In addition, he was World Cup Swimmer of the Year for three consecutive years and University of Arizona Athlete of the Century.


In 2012, Neethling managed and mentored Olympic gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh.


He was appointed Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador in 2015. He is also Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Foundation Ambassador and is CEO of the Foundation in South Africa. The Princess is a friend and former teammate.


Neethling is a shareholder of, and marketing manager at Val de Vie, sought-after South African residential estate situated in the scenic Paarl Franschhoek valley. Through the Val de Vie Foundation, Neethling supports South African communities in need.





Since its creation, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been delighting and surprising devotees of beautiful objects. In keeping with the inventive spirit initiated in 1833 by its founder Antoine LeCoultre, the artisans of the Manufacture combine their talents and expertise to create collections which have been at the forefront of watchmaking both technically and artistically: Reverso, Master, Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris, Rendez-Vous and Atmos – this rich legacy built by the Grande Maison over centuries serves as a constant source of inspiration in its ongoing pursuit of excellence. In the wake of many legendary models, the 21st century has seen the emergence of the Hybris Mechanica and Hybris Artistica collections. These rare pieces are as surprising as they are sophisticated yet again bearing witness to the creative passion of the men and women who work in symbiosis under its roof.



The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Design


The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection channels the best of the Grande Maison’s watchmaking tradition and its attention to detail, while creating a contemporary sporty yet elegant timepiece, with a vintage touch.


The dial architecture in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection is distinctive, combining a mixture of finishings on three concentric circles: a Memovox Polaris-inspired center with a sunray finish, graining on the outer circle with the hours and minutes, and an opaline finish on the rotating inner bezel. The Jaeger-LeCoultre logo is applied, as are the classic Arabic numbers and the contemporary trapezoidal indexes. The hands are large and filled with Super-LumiNova™* for excellent visibility in low light. In two models, the Super-LumiNova™* is vintage vanilla-colored as an homage to the look of Tritium featured on the original Memovox Polaris. Historically black, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris is offered in a black or ocean blue dial, bringing a sense of urban elegance.


The cases for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection are brand new, with proportions designed for an elegant sports watch. They feature an eye-catching combination of brushed and hand-polished surfaces, with sharp, plunging lugs and thin, rounded bezels. The large crowns, emblematic of the 1968 model, have been redesigned for better grip. The exhibition backs of three pieces in this new collection show off the high watchmaking manufacture movements, complete with an oscillating weight featuring the emblematic Jaeger-LeCoultre logo.


A newly designed three-link metal bracelet with polished and brushed finished surfaces is ergonomic and comfortable. The straps are interchangeable for both alligator leather and calfskin. The latter is offered in both light and dark brown version with an aged leather patina. A new graphic folding buckle featured on leather straps echoes the case design with a combination of polished and brushed surfaces.


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