Flash News: JeanRichard Chestnut-Coloured 1681 Models (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on August 19, 2014

With its cushion-shaped case featuring elegant slim lines and a delightful vintage appeal, the 1681 collection represents JeanRichard’s upscale offer. It is within this line that the brand showcases its manufacture JR1000 calibre. Designed and assembled in the brand’s workshops in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, this self-winding movement that beats at a 4 Hz frequency can store up to 48 hours of energy to display the time with three central hands and the date by a window at 3 o’clock. This fine calibre is now equipped with an oscillating weight featuring a brand new decoration that you can observe through the sapphire crystal on the back.

The watch is available in a luxurious pink gold case as well as in more affordable but still very refined stainless steel iterations like the one mounted on a brown ostrich leather strap. When you have such a timeless piece in your collection, coming up with new interpretations that remain faithful to the “1681” spirit can turn out to be tricky.

Earlier this year, the brand’s designers experimented with PVD treatments for the Nocturnal Adventurers model. Regular readers of Watch Agora may remember my detailed articleWatches: JeanRichard Nocturnal Adventurers Collection about this “all-black” collection that also included two “Terrascope” models. Although very accomplished, this stealthy 1681 does not work as smoothly as the two “Terrascope” timepieces. Indeed, this gloomy look brings along a sporty touch not exactly in sync with the natural elegance of the “1681”.

It does not mean, however, that surface treatments are not ideal for this collection and the design team of this creative brand have just proved it with the models with a bronze PVD coating. On the new 1681 Coussin Central Second a chestnut-coloured scratch-resistant layer now covers the beautiful lines of this sophisticated modular case. It is paired with a nice matt black dial with black nickel indexes and numerals cleverly enhanced by the beige luminescent material in the black leaf-shaped hands. The watch is mounted on a black Barenia calfskin leather strap secured by a bronze PVD folding buckle but a version with a black rubber strap is also available for the watch aficionados with a sportier lifestyle.

This great-looking watch is also available with a magnificent beige grained dial also featuring black nickel indexes, numerals and hands. It is by far my favourite interpretation as this sand-coloured dial with a lot of texture gives a stronger vintage look to the watch. Available with a brown rubber strap, this model is also produced with a black Barenia calfskin leather strap. I would definitely go for the Barenia leather but I would have loved to see it brown on this model.

All in all, I think that the “1681” looks terrific with its new brown-coloured PVD coating and I would be delighted to add this watch to my collection.

For more information please visit the JeanRichard web site.