Watches: JeanRichard Nocturnal Adventurers Collection

By Thierry Ané on January 7, 2014

Since the decision was made to entirely revamp the Terrascope, Aquascope and Aeroscope collections for Baselworld 2013, JeanRichard has worked twice as hard to create new and desirable versions of their beautiful cushion-shaped watches. It seems as if the brand releases as many new limited editions as Hublot!

In a recent article about the Terrascope Patrouille des Glaciers 2014Watches: JeanRichard Terrascope Patrouille des Glaciers 2014 model, I reviewed several interesting limited timepieces introduce by the brand over the past few months. In my opinion, however, none of them are as achieved as the three watches that form the “Noctunal Adventurers” collection.

The first piece of this series belongs to the 1681 line created as homage to the very first watch created by Daniel Jeanrichard at the end of the 17th century. For this new 1681 Coussin Central Second Nocturnal Adventurers Black DLC Steel, the beautiful 46 mm cushion shaped steel case received a black DLC coating and has been paired with a black Barenia calfskin leather strap. A black lacquered dial completes the all-black look. Even the Arabic numerals and hour markers have been blackened. The only touch of colour comes from the beige SuperLuminova of the leaf-shaped hour and minute hands. The same colour was used for the date disc, creating an elegant and balanced look. Like all 1681 watches, this new model is equipped with an in-house calibre. The self-winding JR1000 movement can be admired through the sapphire case back.

Although both remaining watches are part of the same Terrascope collection and also play on the “nocturnal” (i.e. black) theme, they are visually very different and complementary. The picture above displays the Terrascope Nocturnal Adventurers Black DLC Steel. Sportier than the 1681 model, this watch comes with a black rubber but uses the same black DLC steel folding buckle. The 44 mm case received the same black DLC treatment as the first model. It is also combined with a black dial but this time the hour markers and the sportier hands are covered with a pale green luminescent coating.

Last but certainly not least is my favourite model, the Terrascope Nocturnal Adventurers Steel and Pink Gold. Taking advantage of the modular case construction, the brand nicely combined pink gold and steel: I really like that they have placed the pink gold on the case bands and not on the most obvious part (the bezel that is). In line with the nocturnal theme, the dial is black but the presence of pink gold hands and hour markers brings a lot of light. So does the white SuperLuminova. The choice of an elegant black alligator strap was a must for such a refined watch. It is secured with a folding buckle in the same steel as the case.

Like the other Terrascope model, this timepiece is powered by the JR60 automatic calibre. As I have said, I truly believe that this watch is a success in terms of design. Nevertheless, I think that I would have preferred it with a black DLC coating on the steel parts. It would have enhanced the pink gold even more and it would have been more in line with the “nocturnal” theme.

All in all, these are three very nice timepieces that form a truly coherent collection but that remains different enough to cater to the tastes of very different watch lovers. I really like where the new direction of the brand is going and I am sure that if they keep the good work, the brand will soon have the notoriety and the market share it deserves.