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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


More than a watch, a state of mind: JeanRichard 1681 Ronde Collection


A carefree man rides a bicycle down the beach without holding the handlebars, another swings upside down from a tree. It’s all part of JeanRichard’s imagery to convey the idea that real time is the time you make your own, the time you win, and take possession of. More than a watch, a state of mind.

Well, whatever the tagline and the cool imagery might be trying to convey, there’s no doubt that JeanRichard has created a very handsome and elegant new collection of watches.

The 1681 Ronde watch is driven by the famous calibre JR1000 self-winding manufacture movement, which has a new rotor bearing the brand’s signature and visible through the sapphire caseback.

The 1681 Ronde comes in two versions; a three hands and date or a small seconds with date. The emphasis, as with many new watches emerging from the top maisons, is refined elegance and style. Watch dimensions are subtly reducing.

The 1681 Ronde comes in a trimmed down 41 mm-diameter case.
Available in pink gold or steel, the watch could be described as a timeless classic with presentation reduced to its clearest expression. Legibility is the order of the day on a white lacquered dial devoid of superfluous decoration. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock while the traditional leaf-shaped hands are highlighted with luminescent material. The baton indexes are accentuated with phosphorescent material for evening strolls along the beach.


 1681 Ronde Small Second



1681 Ronde Central Second
 
The pink gold version has additional applied Arabic numerals designed to blend with the shape of the indexes.

The watches come on an alligator strap with pin buckle and hand-rolled edges to give the watch an additional touch of understated elegance.

About JeanRichard

Born in the end of the 17th century at Les Bressels, on La Sagne lake in Switzerland, Daniel JeanRichard took an early interest in small mechanisms. Chance gave him a watch to mend. With perseverance and patience, he studied the timepiece, dismantled it and decided to reproduce it.

It was his first contact with watchmaking. What began as a fascination quickly became a passion for the young man, who was just 14 at the time. His first assignment led to work on other timepieces.

Slowly he acquired the mastery and the techniques necessary for making timepieces. In 1692, he was qualified, for the first time, as “Master Clockmaker”, the very first in the region. Three years later, building on his knowledge of silversmithing, he took the titles of both Watchmaker and Silversmith.

His contribution to the development of watchmaking in the Neuch√Ętel region of the Jura mountains is undeniable: apart from the invention of various tools and machines, he was the creator of the system of division of labour, with different workshops and factories for assembling watches.

Considered a pioneer in the field, he worked towards keeping the profession alive, and in 1701, hired his first apprentices, thus building the basis of a regional tradition that survives to this day, and is celebrated in the 1681 collection.


Specifications

1681 Ronde Central Second

Pink gold case

Diameter: 41.00 mm

Height: 10.06 mm

Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Sapphire case-back

Water-resistant to 30 m

Manufactured movement JR1000

Self-winding

Calibre: 11 ½'''

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)

Jewels: 27

Power reserve: minimum 48 hours

Functions: hour, minute, second, date

White lacquered dial

Applied indexes and Arabic numerals

Luminescent hour markers

Luminescent hands

Brown alligator strap

Pink gold tongue buckle



1681 Ronde Small Second

Stainless steel case

Diameter: 41.00 mm

Height: 10.96 mm

Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Sapphire case-back

Water-resistant to 50 m
 

Manufactured movement JR1050

Self-winding

Calibre JR1000 with small second module

Calibre: 11 ½'''

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)

Jewels: 36

Power reserve: minimum 48 hours

Functions: hour, minute, small second at 6, date

White lacquered dial

Applied indexes

Luminescent hour markers

Luminescent hands

Black alligator strap

Stainless steel tongue buckle


Visit the JeanRichard website
 



Priced to please: Christopher Ward C3 Malvern Chronograph MKII


The new Christopher Ward C3 Malvern Chronograph MKII, always a good looking watch and one of the earliest the company produced, has just received a subtle facelift. It’s still sporty, and still represents outstanding value for money for a Swiss-made watch in Christopher Ward’s pioneering style.

The watch takes its design cues from vintage Aston Martin dashboards, and has lost none of its English appeal. If anything, the Aston Martin inspired chronograph eyes have been given even greater prominence. The case has been trimmed just a fraction to 39mm (it was previously 40mm) and features a metal one-piece optic white dial which gives the watch a fresher and more contemporary look while also providing even greater clarity.
£215.00
£230.00

 £300.00


With a white dial there is a choice of gold or silver bezel and indexes, but you can also opt for a charcoal galvanic sun-ray dial which is available with either an Italian leather strap or a high grade stainless steel bracelet. The C3 Chronograph MK II is powered by a quality Swiss Ronda 5040.D quartz movement and is water resistant to 50metres.

Prices start from just £215.00, (approx US$345.00) putting the luxury of a quality British designed and Swiss-made watch within reach of almost everyone. 

Features and specifications

Swiss made
Ronda Quartz chronograph movement
1/10th second split timing function
Hand finished stainless steel or 24ct PVD gold case
Unique engraved serial number
Screw-in crown and back plate
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
SuperLuminova™ hands and indexes
Matt finish optic white or galvanic charcoal one-piece dial
Diameter: 39mm
Calibre: Ronda 5040.D
Case:316L stainless steel/24ct PVD Gold
Water Resistance: 5 atm /50 metres eather strap or stainless steel bracelet with easy opening butterfly clasp

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