The importance of time is something that can be truly under valued. On January 15th 2009, US Airways flight 1549 left LaGuardia Airport at 3:25pm headed for Charlotte, NC. The commercial flight carrying 150 passengers and 5 of the flight crew struck a flock of geese that were too close to avoid within about a minute and a half of take off, causing the loss of both engines power. The loss of thrust brought forth the realization that the plane could possibly crash in one of the highest populated areas in the world. At about 3,000 ft above the city, and descending rapidly, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger had to take control of the plane and start looking for places to land. At first, the thought was to return to LaGuardia, but that option was not possible. The next thought was landing at Teterboro Airport in NJ. This was also not an option. The only level and large enough place to possibly land at that point was the Hudson River. Captain Sullenberger reacted fast enough to decide to land the plane on the Hudson, and glided the aircraft ensuring the nose was up, and wings were level when landing the plane on the river. With the help of his Co-Pilot and crew, Captain Sullenberger successfully saved 155 lives. This feat was truly amazing in many ways, incredibly heroic, and an example of how time is precious. It was was only a mere 208 seconds from the time of the incident to their landing on the Hudson.
On the 5th anniversary of the “Miracle on the Hudson”, JEANRICHARD and Captain Sullenberger launched a limited edition timepiece commemorating Flight 1549 and the fact it landed on the Hudson, with no loss of life. The “Philosophies of Life” that Captain Sullenberger and JEANRICHARD share are what brought them together. Striving for excellence and staying vigilant are two of these traits that especially reflect these philosophies of life, but also modesty and precision. Captain Sullenberger was a part of the US Air Force, an aviation expert and accident investigator. That as well as nearly 40 years of flying experience contributed to the heroic act. The calm minded reaction of Captain Sully and his crew were also a big part of this and one of his incredibly modest quotes “We were simply doing the jobs we were trained to do”, makes you appreciate it even more. Not an athlete, not a celebrity, but an average guy who did something unbelievably extraordinary. A true hero.
The new 208 Seconds Limited Edition JEANRICHARD Aeroscope has highlighted the 208 seconds it took to save 155 live with red accents on both the chronograph minute’s counter and the inner dial track. There are 3 white tracks on the inner dial that do a full 60 second lap around the dial, and a red track for the last 28 seconds displayed on the dial. This totals up to the 208 seconds without even having to look at the sub dial.
The chronographs minute counter is highlighted in red for the first 3 minutes and with the red track showing 28 seconds, totals back up to 208 seconds. These obviously pay tribute to the flight, but also add for great detail on its beautiful black vertical satin finished dial. The silver embossed chronograph and seconds counter sub dials also contribute a nice contrast, and easy legibility.
The 44mm cushion shaped titanium case is also exquisitely finished using a combination of vertical satin finish as well as an elegant high polish. This truly gives a great feel for the quality and craftsmanship that goes into the JR brand. The other intriguing attribute on this piece is its inner cushion shaped case with DLC finish. The case side inserts that surround the DLC portion are in titanium silver finish contributing an awesome look for the timepiece.
The sticker crown is branded with the JR logo and has a colosseum type design on the sides. The chronographs titanium pushers are surrounded by carbon fiber composite, giving a unique and firm feel when operating. All Aeroscope’s are 100m water resistant, and this piece is no exception.
The movement utilized is the JR66 self-winding chronograph. The movement starts as a base Sellita SW300-1 for time keeping, which is then modified by JEANRICHARD, and a Dubois Depraz chrongraph module piggy backing the base. This caliber has 43 jewels, 28,800bph, and a minimal of 42 hour power reserve. The display is quite simple and easy to read with centralized luminescent skeleton hands for hours and minutes, red with luminescent tipped centralized chronograph seconds, sub dial at 3:00 for actual seconds, chronograph hours displayed at 6:00, and chronograph minutes at 9:00. All of the sub dials hands are black and skeletonized.
With closed case back, the 208 Seconds Limited Edition is engraved with individual serial number out of 208 pieces made. The strap is a black Barenia calfskin strap, with white contrast stitching and dual push button deployment clasp.
The luminova is not only on the centralized hands as mentioned previously, but also each index has a small square of lume found on the chapter ring.
The JEANRICHARD Aeroscope 208 Seconds Limited Edition 60650-21O601-HD60 retails for $5,400. Part of the proceeds of the watch will go to The American Red Cross and The Rory Staunton Foundation, two of Captain Sullenberger’s philanthropic endeavors. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.
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