JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

We are very proud to announce the arrival of the newest brand to the AZ Fine Time roster, JeanRichard.  With an incredible selection of beautiful timepieces, we wanted to start with one of their finest.  The 1681 series pays tribute to famous historical watchmaker Daniel JeanRichard, and the year he made his first timepiece.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

Daniel JeanRichard found his love for watchmaking when he was given a broken English watch by a merchant.  In repairing the piece, he became intrigued, studying the piece and later went on to manufacture his own.  In 1681, he finished his very 1st timepiece, which was also the first for his region.  In later years, he founded his atelier and even invented machinery and tools to manufacture his timepieces.  Today, the JeanRichard brand pays tribute to his start within the 1681 series.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

The JeanRichard 1681 60320-11-651-QD60 has a 46mm cushion shaped case with round bezel and utilizes both satin and high polished attributes to give incredible detail.  You will notice there are two polished inserts on the case side that are attached to a middle case with satin finish.   The quality of finish and design are very elegant and makes for a beautiful dress piece.  The case itself actually involves a 70 step process to manufacture and build.  All the labor that goes into this piece truly reflects when you see it first hand.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

The dial on this model is a black lacquer that looks very deep, and makes for perfect contrast with its rhodium coated numerals and indexes.  The dial  is protected with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.  All of these attributes flow very well together and only add to the feeling of quality.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

The strap on this model is a black pin ostrich with white contrast stitching.  The clasp is a very well constructed dual push button deployment and is branded with the JeanRichard logo.

JeanRichard JR1000 movement

For such an elegantly constructed timepiece, it is only appropriate to have a very impressive movement.  The 1681 series features the JR1000 movement, which is manufactured and built in-house by JeanRichard at their factory La Chaux-De-Fonds.  The JR1000 was in development for 4 years before finally being put to use.  The movement displays time with central seconds and date, has 27 jewels, 28,800 bph and a minimum of  48 hour power reserve.  The uni-directional winding rotor spins freely and effortlessly with a complete fluid motion.  The decoration of this movement is beautifully done, utilizing striping, perlage and an impressive vertically engraved rotor.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

The JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60 retails for $6,000 and is now in stock at AZFineTime.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

JeanRichard 1681 Central Seconds Steel 60320-11-651-QD60

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 – Now Available

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

AZ Fine Time is proud to announce the 1st official landing of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 to the US market!  For the last 2.5 years collectors have longed to own the, originally Japanese market only, black dialed chronograph and now the opportunity has arisen.  As a new part to the international collection, the SBGC003 is incredibly crafted (as with all Grand Seiko’s) and adds a new sportier style to the Spring Drive Chronograph line up.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

As I mentioned, the SBGC003 was only sold on the Japanese Domestic Market until today.  This piece is one of the very first to appear as an official part of the US line up, with full 3 year manufacture warranty.  The first time we encountered this model was back during our Grand Seiko Roadshow in 2011.  At the time, the President of Seiko USA (Mr. Kenji Hagiwara) was wearing this timepiece on his wrist.  The overall curiosity with this model was elevated to a whole new level, and many started to ask when the US would have access to this model.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

Now that the piece is in stock, we can do a full, thorough review and expose the true beauty behind this piece.  The matte black lacquer dial really adds a to the sport look of this piece versus the sunburst dial of the SBGC001.  While they are both incredible pieces, the black dial SBGC003 seems to appeal to a broader crowd.  The elegance of the SBGC001 makes for a great dressier chrono, while still having great sport function, but the black dial dresses down slightly more.  The beautiful SBGC005 in titanium also offers a black dial, but the yellow gold accents make for a more unique look, that may not be everyones preference.  The stainless steel case, bracelet, hands and indexes make for a more subtle and subdued piece that can remain more casual and neutral.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

Of course, the SBGC003 offers essentially all the same outstanding traits of the other Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronographs.  The Zaratsu katana blade mirror finish on the case, bracelet, hands and indexes making the piece sparkle like a diamond.  The unique design of the chrono pushers, which surprisingly wear incredibly comfortable for their shape and size, which somehow manages not to dig into your wrist.  The ease of using the pushers is also a very nice trait.  The pushers have screw locks that actually push a cuff up to the top of the flared out pusher and lock it into place.  The system is incredibly unique and function wise feels amazing.  The solid feel of the chrono function is thanks to Seiko’s in house designed, developed, and manufactured 9R86 movement.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

The 9R86 is intended to be the most reliable chronograph on the market and in all honesty, probably is.  This movement has 416 parts, 50 jewels, a power reserve of 72 hours and is made at Shinshu Watch Studio in Suwa, Japan.  Its features include 12 hour chronograph, date, power reserve display, and GMT. The accuracy of Spring Drive is incredible and that accuracy carries over to the chronograph measurements.  The use of a vertical clutch in the 9R86 has many benefits.  Not only is it a better system to ensure the gears line up properly with the use of the chrono, but it also allows for a smoother transition when starting the chronograph (no jump of the chrono sec hand),  and has less of an effect on accuracy while running the chrono.  Not only that, but the power reserve is not reduced by use of the chronograph.  In most watches, the power will run down faster, where in the 9R86, this does not happen.  Thanks to a special “chronograph seconds mid-wheel” the piece minimizes the loss of power while the energy is being used for the chronograph.  This 10 part gear wheel reduces the energy use by about 1/5th of what it would normally take.  As always, Seiko never ceases to amaze me with the technology incorporated in their timepieces.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003 will have an MSRP of $8,600.  This will not be the only new core model in the GS line up.  You can look forward to the SBGE011, SBGA083 and SBGA085.  Which will be in stock soon.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph SBGC003

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