Jean Richard was a respected brand at one time but has gradually faded away into oblivion. Some references though still retain the compelling character of the old days and the Aquascope is one such collection. Its robust cushion-style case, with a reinforced sapphire crystal and screw-down back and crown, ensure water resistance to 300 meters.
The uni-directional rotating bezel guarantees excellent handling and precise time-setting for divers thanks to its knurled edge and minute scale. The hour and minute hands are shaped very distinctly; as are the large applique indexes that are backed by a luminescent coating offering optimal visibility in water or in foam. The red-tipped second hand allows the wearer to quickly check if the watch is working.
Thanks to its ingenious design, the Aquascope sets itself apart through some very clever finishing touches – satin-brushed on the flat surfaces of the middle case and lugs, polished on the beveled edges. This careful treatment of the details is enhanced by the dynamic contrast between the circular satin polish of the bezel and the vertical satin brushing on the dial.
The collection also plays with color in models featuring an aluminum bezel with dark blue PVD coating or black DLC – an original touch that is reflected on the surfaced of the middle case or the dials. The latter are available in grey, blue or black satin finishing, or in white.
To underline its exclusivity, the collection is driven by a high-powered automatically wound movement. The feeling of comfort, safety and the touch of style are enhanced by a stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp. It also comes with a delicately streaked rubber strap signed JR, and a folding clasp matching the dial.
The Aquascope is an accurate, robust and resolutely masculine timepiece from Jean Richard. The brand takes its name from a legendary figure in the watchmaking world – Daniel JeanRichard. This genius pioneered the development of the watchmaking industry in the Neuchâtel Mountains in the late 17th century. According to a guide which appeared in 1766, Daniel JeanRichard was born in 1665 in the hamlet of Les Bressel, midway between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. In 1681, he created his first watch, and then set up his watchmaking workshop. He built a machine which he made available to his colleagues, and trained apprentices. Daniel JeanRichard was also a major driving force behind the watchmaking industry.