Jean Richard – Basel 2013 – New Addition to AZFT

Arizona Fine Time is proud to announce its newest addition to our line up…  Jean Richard!

Jean Richard Aquascope Blue Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aquascope Blue Veritical Satin

This was the 1st year for Jean Richard to attend the Basel World Fair, and needless to say, we had a meeting with them that went extremely well.  The product itself is beautifully (and intricately) constructed and finished, the movements are far more than impressive, and the price point is excellent.  There’s a lot to be said about this brand and we are highly anticipating their arrival at AZFT, so we can provide you the true hands on reviews and you can see them with your own eyes in our store.

To break it down for you, their brand is divvied up into 4  subsidiaries, Terrascope, Aquascope, Aeroscope and the 1861.  The whole lineup looks tremendous.  I think our fellow watch enthusiasts would agree without question, once the JR’s have graced their wrist.  Lets start with the Terrascope…

Jean Richard Terrascope Blue Lacquer

Jean Richard Terrascope Blue Lacquer

The Terrascope has a stainless steel 46mm wide case, which is 12.6mm thick.  This series has a satin finished bezel with no engravings, which makes it easy to distinguish from the Aqua or Aeroscope.  The piece pictured above is one of the favorite dials in the collection, but there are  many more to choose from, including an excellent choice of different colored lacquered dials as wells as vertically satin finished dials in black or silver.  The blue lacquer dial is a truly vibrant blue.  Not navy… Not cobalt…  Just blue and gorgeous.  The movement is the JR60 automatic that has 28,800 bph, around a 42hr power reserve and an incredible fit and finish.

Jean Richard Aquascope Black Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aquascope Black Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aquascope Silver Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aquascope Silver Veritical Satin

The Aquascope has the same width as the Terrascope at 46mm, but stands a little taller at 13.05.  It shares the same movement, but has a 60min countdown bezel and different applied index markers.

Jean Richard Aeroscope Black

Jean Richard Aeroscope Black

The Aeroscope Chronograph has a a titanium case (and/or bracelet if you choose).  The black coating on the model above is DLC, but PVD is used throughout the rest of the line.  This case is also 46mm but is 12.67mm thick.  Even though this model is a chronograph, the pushers are designed to wear comfortable.  The bumpers of the pushers are made of carbon fiber composite, which gives it a nice feel when using.

Jean Richard Aeroscope Titanium Silver Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aeroscope Titanium Silver Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aeroscope Titanium DLC Black Veritical Satin

Jean Richard Aeroscope Titanium DLC Black Veritical Satin

The movement utilized is the JR66.  With 28,800 bph, a minimal of 42hr power reserve, and 43 jewels, this smooth functioning chrono still maintains easy legibility on the dial.  The luminescence also contributes a ton to the legibility, and not just in the Aeroscope, but the rest of the line as well.

Jean Richard 1861 White Lacquer Dial JR1090

Jean Richard 1681 White Lacquer Dial JR1090

One of my own personal favorites is the classic 1681 series.  This series will have a slightly different case design, but still is still reminiscent.  The case size remains 46mm, but thickness is down to 11.27.  The lacquer dials are again put to great use in this series.

Jean Richard 1861 Black Lacquer Dial JR1000

Jean Richard 1681 Black Lacquer Dial JR1000

The movements found in this series are the JR1000 and JR1050 (small seconds).  This is Jean Richards completely in housed designed and manufactured movement.  This movement also has 28,800 bph, but additionally has an extra jewel (27 instead of 26) and has a power reserve of about 60 hours.  The overall quality and construction of the movement is fantastic.  The rotor swings effortlessly, the winding is very smooth, and the decoration is incredibly elaborate.  Taking about 5 years of to develope, the JR1000 turned out to be an incredibly impressive movement.

Jean Richard 1681 Ronde White Lacquer Dial JR1050

Jean Richard 1681 Ronde White Lacquer Dial JR1050

Another variation of the 1681 is the Ronde.  For an even more classic look, the Ronde is 41mm wide and 10.96mm thick (with sub seconds) and 10.06mm thick (with central seconds).  While the Ronde offers a totally different look from the rest of the brand, the high quality finish, deep lacquered dials, and of course the JR1000 movements, the share their own place in the brand and still scream quality.

Jean Richard 1681 Ronde Black Lacquer Dial JR1000

Jean Richard 1681 Ronde Black Lacquer Dial JR1000

We’re really looking forward to having them hear at AZ Fine Time.  When they deliver, there will definitely be an update.

Thanks for reading!

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