Watches: JeanRichard Terrascope with New and Original Dials (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on May 6, 2014
Since the decision to revamp and re-organise its lines last year, JeanRichard has proven to be a really interesting brand with a clearly dynamic design team ready to breathe some youthful and joyful spirit into the new models. The Watch Agora team was thus particularly excited to head towards JeanRichard’s booth for our watch presentation during Baselworld.
In a beautiful environment filled with light brown wood and natural leather, the brand surely did not disappoint as they unveiled an impressive amount of new models. There were in fact too many models, exhibiting different looks and conveying different messages, for me to present them all at once. I will therefore try to organise them into thematic groups before discussing them here, but rest assured that I will report on every single one of them with our live pictures as they are sincerely worth discussing.
And let us kick off this overview with three models from the Terrascope collection that, despite being extremely different from one another, all showcase very sophisticated and distinctive dials.
The Terrascope is JeanRichard’s entry level collection with no-nonsense time and date models, without the diving features of the Aquascope, the chronograph of the Aeroscope or the in-house movement of the 1681 collection. It does not mean, however, that these watches lack lustre in design.
The vintage-inspired cushion-shaped case features the same modular construction as that of the other lines. Composed of a round bezel, a cushion-shaped middle case, two lateral inserts also acting as lugs and a screwed-down case back stamped with the brand’s logo, it often alternates satin-brushed and polished finishes and/or plays with a mixture of materials (steel, black DLC steel, pink gold, titanium, DLC-coated titanium or even aluminium) to keep things interesting and give a true sense of refined craftsmanship for the price.
Inside this 44 mm frame beats the JR 60 calibre, a self-winding reliable movement with 26 jewels that provides a 38-hour power reserve when fully wound. Waterproof to a depth of 100 meters, all Terrascope models are secured with a very comfortable folding buckle in a material that matches that of the case.
With so many parameters fixed, it seems almost impossible to innovate and create new models that are fresh enough to arouse interest, let alone enthusiasm. Thanks to a clever combination of materials and colours and the introduction of intriguing new dials, tough, JeanRichard’s design team managed to do just that this year with the three models I mentioned earlier.
Terrascope White Stamped
The first timepiece I want to present today is entirely in steel but with the right mix of vertical satin-brushed and polished surfaces to look stunning on the wrist. Its originality comes from its white stamped dial that alternates uneven zones with line motifs or a sort of “Clou de Paris” decoration. The chiselled rhodium-plated baton hour markers as well as the signature arrow- and diamond-shaped rhodium-coloured hours and minutes hands are filled with white SuperLuminova. It is available with a black rubber strap but I personally prefer the all-white version with a white rubber strap just like the dial.
Terrascope Beige Grained
The Terrascope Beige Grained, the second model of this selection offers an entirely different interpretation of the Terrascope model. With a steel case entirely coated with black DLC and a striped black rubber strap embossed with the brand’s logo, this model offers a resolutely sportier and trendier look. But it is through its elegant dial that this new model gets its edge. It is entirely grained in an old-fashioned yet delightful shade of beige. To provide an interesting contrast, the hour markers and the hands have been coated in black and the usually white date disc is now black displaying the date in white. I really think that this elegant and slightly vintage-looking dial perfectly offsets the quite obvious and topical side of an all-black watch.
Terrascope Brushed Bronze
I have obviously kept what I consider to be the best model for the end: the Terrascope with Brushed Bronze. For this model, we go back to the all-steel version of the Terrascope White Stamped, with rhodium-plated hands and hour markers but with the usual yellow-green SuperLuminova. The originality of the watch arises from the combination of its erratically brushed dial made of bronze and an ostrich leather bracelet of the same colour. The colour is absolutely unique and the brushed treatment of the dial works perfectly with the bronze. It gives an industrial look to the model nicely counterbalanced by the luxurious touch brought by the ostrich leather. The perfect watch for a safari!
This last model also comes in a bronze-coloured dial version with a steel and black DLC steel case paired with a black rubber that some may find easier to wear but that seems more mundane in comparison. Nonetheless, the careful observers will note and appreciate the fact that, for this version, the hour markers and hands are blackened as a reminder of the cushion-shaped middle case. As I said before, there is a true attention to details from this design team!