Angus Davies reviews the JeanRichard Aeroscope Chronograph White Dial replica watch. This chronograph features an interesting honeycomb dial and is delivered in a sandblasted titanium case.Citizens of today’s world seldom take time to ponder or wait, as pressing commitments dictate there is an agenda to adhere to. However, I sometimes wonder if we miss beauty when it is in our presence merely because we often act in haste.
The pace of modern-day life is frenetic. Everyone seems to be rushing around at break-neck speed. Consumers desire faster food with no diminishment in flavour. Commuters wish to travel from A to B in reduced time.
The watch replica is equipped with a chronograph, designed with the sole purpose of measuring elapsed seconds, minutes and hours. Indeed, the hour and minute hands eschew surplus material, reinforcing the lightweight credentials of this timepiece. The case is constructed of lightweight titanium, often used in aeronautical field where an absence of mass confers greater speed.However, juxtaposed with this gentle, calm dial canvas are repeated reminders of speed.
Our lives seem hectic, but in the mad turbulent world in which we have become immersed there are examples of industrious purpose which quietly take place with little noise or fuss and deliver a sublime natural beauty in the process. Bees are key to most insect pollination, their work ethic is legendary, but they produce beautiful honeycomb shaped structures consisting of attractive hexagonal forms.
I am reminded of these hexagonal forms when I look at the best fake JEANRICHARD Aeroscope White Dial watch. The dial motif delivers a wonderful series of geometric shapes that provide a fascinating dial canvas, imploring the observer to dwell and reflect on the beauty presented.
It is the contradistinction of these two seemingly conflicting personas which has led me to look at this model closely.
All hands on the dial, save for the red central chronograph seconds hand, are open-worked, revealing much of the dial surface beneath.
The hours at 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock are marked with Arabic numerals in a modern font. The other hours are marked with batons. Corresponding rectangular-shaped markings grace the inner flange encircling the dial.
A date aperture resides between 4 and 5 o’clock and, despite the modular construction of the chronograph, proves very readable.
The tri-compax layout of the dial includes a small seconds display at 3 o’clock with a 12-hour register at 6 o’clock and 30-minute register at 9 o’clock. Each subdial is snailed and satin-finished, providing contrast with the neighbouring honeycomb motif.
The modular case construction of JeanRichard models is an aspect of the brand’s collection I have mentioned before. It has allowed the watch replica brand to offer a bewildering array of different case materials to choose from. The titanium case of this model is surprising, bearing in mind its relatively low-cost (RRP £3600 as at 17.11.2014).
Titanium is normally the preserve of costlier timepieces and reaffirms my belief that JEANRICHARD offers excellent value. This particular case has been sandblasted, delivering a dark, matt appearance.
The bezel features a tachymeter scale, allowing the wearer to calculate the speed of an object over a given distance. For example, if a car takes 30 seconds to travel one kilometre, the wearer can ascertain the speed of the vehicle is 120kph merely by looking at the position of the red central chronograph hand.
The push pieces are rectangular in profile with sloping edges at each end. They are framed with surrounds constructed of carbon fibre composite, again a material often used in motorsport where strength and lightness are key attributes.
Completing the specification is a rubber strap, paired with a titanium folding buckle.
The movement is not visible to the wearer, hidden from view by the fitment of a solid case back. Part of the joy of owning a mechanical wristwatch, in my opinion, is to see the inner beauty of an industrious balance busily oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Nevertheless, this remains the only aspect of the specification I would ideally wish to change.
The JR66 movement is self-winding, contains 43 jewels and has a power reserve of 42 hours.
The lightweight construction of the case, together with the chronograph complication, makes the watch replica a fitting timepiece for those individuals who live life in the fast lane. However, for all those busy bees tempted to purchase this watch, take time to appreciate the quality of the dial and the attractive appearance of the watch replica as a whole, it deserves your attention.
- Model: JEANRICHARD Aeroscope White Dial
- Reference: Ref. 60650-21L752-FK6A
- Case: Titanium; diameter 44.00 mm; height 12.80 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph.
- Movement: JR66 movement, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 43 jewels; minimum power reserve 42 hours.
- Strap: Black rubber presented on a titanium deployant
- Price: £3600 (RRP as at 17.11.2014)
It bestows an interesting texture which engages with light and delivers a unique aesthetic. I remember first seeing this JeanRichard watch replica in my local branch of Ernest Jones in Manchester and thinking at the time that the dial was especially attractive.