GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

In line with the Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary, Seiko has a beautiful assortment of new limited edition models, outside of the 62GS Historical Collection.  The first we would like to introduce is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition SBGE033, with a beautifully done radial finished green dial.

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JEANRICHARD Aquascope Grey “Hokusai” Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

To celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan, JEANRICHARD has introduced a series of special release timepieces honoring this relationship.  In 1864, the two countries signed a trade agreement and established a friendship that still proves strong today.  As a small production item for 2014, JEANRICHARD has intrduced their gorgeous diver model the Aquascope, with a very unique “Hokusai” dial.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The reference to the name Hokusai comes from famous Japanese artist during the Edo period, Katsushika Hokusai.  Hokusai created ukiyo-e wood block prints, and became most renowned for his work, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.  The most popular in this series is The Great Wave of Kanagawa.   Created sometime in the 1830’s, the image depicted boats caught in a tremendous wave with Mount Fuji in the background.  This new JEANRICHARD Aquascope features an engraved dial featuring this illustration.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The 44mm stainless steel case of the Aquascope has a beautiful combination of satin and incredibly high polished attributes.  The 60 minute divers bezel is also completely stainless steel with the circular satin finish on the top, and high polish on the teeth of the 120 click uni-directional bezel.  Though the case is over 13mm thick and 44mm wide, the pieces short lugs make it very wearable on most any size wrist.  The lugs are actually a part of the case side inserts that are attached to the inner cushion case.  The JR cases are one of the most elaborate produced in their price range, using over 20 different parts.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The Aquascope will feature a 300m water resistance with screw down crown.  The branded crown lacks no detail with JR logo on the end, and a colosseum design on the sides.  Sapphire crystal is utilized and has anti-reflective coating to eliminate glare.  The overall design is stunning, and the amount of detail expressed throughout is very impressive.  I can easily say, the quality standard of JR as a brand is top of the line, even though the prices are modest.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

Inside it’s closed case back is the Sellita based, JR60 movement.  This modified self-winding caliber has 28,800 bph, 26 jewels, hand winding, hack, and a minimal power reserve of 38 hours. This movement only displays 3 hand time, and a date displayed between 4:00 and 5:00.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The hands and indexes of this model are rhodium coated, beautifully finished and give dominant legibility.  A unique aspect to the “Hokusai” model is that the indexes are actually not applied to the actual dial.  Instead, they are attached to the chapter ring and float slightly above the dial.  This technique allows for the dials engraving to be without interruption and also gives a more three dimensional presence.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

Of course, the luminous material on this diver is very strong and bright, providing great night time legibility.  The 60 minute mark on the bezel is luminous, as well as all 3 hands and each index.  The lume for the index lies in the middle of each index, sandwiched between the rhodium coated attributes.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The strap is black rubber, ribbed and branded with the JR logo.  The strap also features a well constructed dual push button deployment clasp, with two steel inserts to secure the clasp to the strap.

JeanRichard Aquascope Grey "Hokusai" Dial 60400-11E202-FK6A

The “Hokusai” Aquascopes will come in 4 color variations, with the grey being sold as an exclusive to AZ Fine Time in the US.  The MSRP on this piece is $3,300, and is now available at AZFT.

 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

 

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JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0

JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0The introduction of the revamped JeanRichard brand for 2013 brought forth a variety of beautifully designed timepieces, inspired by land, air and sea, that not only boast in a high quality product , but also in excellent price points. Today we review one of the most unique in their land series, the Terrascope 60500-11-A01-HDC0.

JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0

The first noticeable trait of this model is its gorgeous green lacquer dial.  The dial color is very reminiscent of British Racing Green and along with its caramel colored vintage calfskin strap, it easily makes you think of Jaguar’s most iconic, classic cars.  Just as you’ll find on the cars, the dial color has a wonderful spectrum of color depending in lighting, growing darker as the light dims until it almost reaches black.

JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0

The complex 44mm case design is 12.6mm thick and magnificently finished.  With about 25 parts just for the case construction and over 70 steps to manufacture, finish and assemble, this intricate, cushion shaped design is crafted to impress and truly does so in person.  The finish is a combination of a mirror like high polish that has an incredible shine, as well as vertical satin finish that adds a fine detail but will also do a nice job hiding hairline scratches.

JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0

The movement found in the Terrscope series is the JR60, which displays 3 hand time and date.  The movement has 26 jewels, a minimum power reserve of 38 hours and a rate of 28,800 bph.  This is one of JeanRichard’s “industrial movements” meaning it is not their in house manufactured JR1000 series, but is a base movement that has been assembled and modified at their factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0The hands and indexes are rhodium coated and have a beautiful shine.  This does make for better legibility in darker settings, but the luminova applied to all 12 indexes and 3 hands, make for easy night time reading.

JRTerGrn-18The MSRP on the JeanRichard Terrascope Green Dial 60500-11-A01-HDC0 is $2,900.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or check us out on AZFineTime.com.

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JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6A

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AInspired by exploration of the sea, the JeanRichard Aquascope concludes our series of introductory posts about our newest line.  The Aquascope 300m Diver is  another great option from the JR lineup, taking the elements found with rest of the brand and putting the functional twist necessary for an elegant but sporty dive piece.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AThe dial on this model is their vertical satin black finish with a depth and detail to it that contributes a ton of character and can easily keep the wearer staring.  The applied indexes, large hands and red arrow tipped second hand also pay a nice compliment to the dial, allowing for not only great legibility, but also a cool design that is simplistic but detailed.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AAs with all JeanRichards, the elaborate and beautifully finished case is very impressive.  With the Aquascope 60400-11A602-FK6A, you have a 46mm wide, 12.6mm thick stainless steel case with black DLC coating on its inner case and stainless steel inserts on the outside of its cushion shape.  The bezel is stainless steel and has a smooth operating uni-directional 120 click ratcheting bezel.  The Aquascope’s are mostly a vertical satin finish on the case, but also have a very high quality polished finish that add an incredible amount of detail.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AThis model features a ribbed rubber strap with JR logo faintly embossed on each side.  There is also a dual push button deployment clasp for a secure and sturdy wear.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AThe movement utilized for JR’s Aquascope Diver is their JR60.  The JR60 has 26 jewels, 28,800 bph and a minimal of 38 hour power reserve.  The self-winding movement has a smooth manual wind feature, hack and date display between 4:00-5:00.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AThe luminova on this piece is quite impressive being used on every index as well as all three hands.  It is obvious it is heavily applied as the watch glows tremendously well in the dark.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6AWith a ton of great attributes, the JeanRichard Aquascope Diver Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6A retails for $3,200.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Don’t forget to check out more of the JeanRichard collection on AZFineTime.com.

JeanRichard Aquascope Black Dial 60400-11A602-FK6A

 

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JeanRichard Aeroscope Chronograph Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3A

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AIn continuation with our blog introduction of our latest brand, JeanRichard, we highlight their air/aviation inspired Aeroscope.  The Aeroscope is the one series in the JR brand that features an automatic chronograph movement, while staying managing to stay in theme with the rest of the series.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AThe JeanRichard Aeroscope series is encased in a 44mm wide and 12.67mm thick titanium case.  The elaborate case design as found in the rest of the JR line stays true in the titanium case version, using a round bezel and cushion shape with center case and 2 inserts on the case sides.  What is even more interesting in this particular model, is the DLC finish used on the center case and bezel.  The case side inserts are in a natural titanium finish with both vertical sating and high polished attributes.  The attention to detail in the case design is tremendous.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AThe dial design is well played out and is beautifully done with a black vertical sating finish, matching well with the case and bezel.  The orange accents for the skeleton hands, numerals on the bezel and the combination of indexes and numerals on the dial make for an easily legible and very attractive sport model.  The layout for the chronograph is also well executed with a central seconds, 30 minute counter at 9:00 and 12 hour counter at 6:00.  The sub-dial at 3:00 will be for your continuos seconds counter and the date display is between 4-5:00.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AThe pushers for the chronograph are very functional as well as comfortable. The low profile design refrains from digging into your wrist and are still easy to operate.  They utilize bumpers surrounding the pushers that are made of a carbon fibre composite which provide security, but also has a great feel.  The functionality of the chronograph as a whole is very smooth and precise.  It is obvious when using that it is well built.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AAccompanied by a orange rubber strap, this model has a great amount of eye catching factors.  The strap is ribbed with a faint embossing of the JR logo on each side.  The deployment clasp for the strap is also impressive, using a dual push button release and 2 pin insert for the holes in the rubber.  There are also many other strap options including black leather with orange or white stitching, black rubber or a titanium bracelet (with or without the black coating).

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3AThe movement utilized is the JR66 which is a self-winding mechanical chronograph.  For this particular movement the base also starts as a Sellita SW300-1, but of course modified at their factory, and then adds a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module to compose the JR66.  If you are not familiar with Dubois Dépraz, they are known for their high-end (and high quality) complication modules.  They are utilized in many of the upper echelon brands ranging from Patek, AP, Richard Mille, JLC, Breitling, Omega and many more.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3A

 

The orange on the hands and indexes of this model is luminous.  While it does not give off a strong bright lume like the Terrascope, it does give off a nice subtle yellow glow, that is still  legible in the dark.  It was difficult to capture in the image, but is definitely there.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3A

 

The MSRP for the JeanRichard Aeroscope Chronograph Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3A is $5,400.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  See more of the JeanRichard brand HERE.

JeanRichard Aeroscope Black Dial 60650-21J613-FK3A

 

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JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11AIn celebration of receiving our newest brand, we continue on with our reviews of the JeanRichard brand.  Today we introduce the Terrascope, which obtains its inspiration from the Earth and our urge to explore its terrain.  The theme behind the Terrascope, as well as the rest of the “scope” series, is exploration, utilizing different elements to divide each category.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The JeanRichard Terrascope 60500-11-401-11A has a elaborately constructed 44mm stainless steel cushion shaped case.  The round bezel is finished in a vertical satin with a smooth high polish lateral surface.  The bezel sits atop a satin center case with two lateral inserts finished mostly in the satin, but also has great detail in high polish as well.  There are 14 different processes just to finish the case sides alone, making for the incredibly intricate case design.  Along with a screw down case back and sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, the design element has proven to be very well though out and executed involving over 70 steps to complete the case.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The bracelet for this model is also uniquely designed.  Also utilizing a vertical satin polish on the majority of the bracelet, the small amounts of high polish between the links give great detail.  The construction is solid, and obviously very well built.  The bracelet is topped off with a dual push button butterfly deployment clasp.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The dial on this piece is one of its most charismatic attributes.  Using a beautiful blue lacquer, the piece can easily draw attention across the room.  With such a unique and vibrant color, this piece has easily been one of the most popular styles here in our retail store.  The dials applied indexes and hands are rhodium coated and  “U” shaped (indexes), alternating a brushed and polished finish, adding to the legibility and also enhance the luminous material.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11AThe luminous compound on the Terrascope is very bright and heavily applied.  It glows effortlessly and makes for incredible legibility at night.  With lume on the hour, minute and second hand, as well as each index, the time can easily be determined in the darkest setting.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The movement utilized is the JR60 self-winding caliber with 26 jewels, 28,800 bph and a minimal of 38 hour power reserve.  The movement starts as a Selitta base SW300-1, which is then modified and assembled at JR’s atelier in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

JeanRichard Terrascope Blue Dial 60500-11-401-11A

The MSRP on this model is $3,500.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.  Don’t forget to check out more of the JeanRichard brand HERE.

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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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