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Monday, November 14, 2011

Jean Richard Highlands Big Life Limited Edition

Jean Richard released a Highlands special edition watch in 1990 with the stunning photography of Peter Beard. Now for 2011, Jean Richard launches a new Highlands watch – called Highlands Big Life in support of the Big Life Foundation  - in partnership with British photographer Nick Brandt.


The watch comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces and features a PVD-coated case twinned with a green outer rotating bezel indicating a second time zone.

The numerals on the black dial are coated with ivory-coloured luminescent material, and the “ Big Life ” signature in red makes the model’s purpose clear: to support the foundation.

A striking symbol inspired by the foundation’s logo and one of Nick Brandt’s most iconic photos, an elephant transfer, appears on the sapphire crystal case-back, through which the JR1000 automatic winding movement can be seen.

The watch has been designed with the most demanding outdoor usage in mind. The colours used and the absence of reflection make it ideal for use on a photographic safari.

The black fabric strap mounted on a folding buckle confirms the robust character of the Highlands Big Life.

About Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt is a British photographer who specialises in intimate portraits of animals of the African savannah. His approach is a far cry from the animal shots seen in traditional colour documentary photography. Nick Brandt does not use a telephoto lens, which means all his animal portraits are taken at close quarters, enabling him to capture the true character of the subject. His spectacular panoramic shots document animals in their natural surroundings, and are reminiscent of the studio portraits of the early 20th century.

Big Life Foundation

Created in 2010 in response to a dramatic rise in poaching across Africa, Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to preserve the fauna and ecosystem of Africa.

Home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa and under serious threat from poachers, the Amboseli region, which straddles Kenya and Tanzania, has become the foundation’s number one large-scale concern. Multiple mobile teams of anti-poaching rangers have been deployed to most-of-risk areas of this vast region.

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