First Look At Rocker Dan Spitz’s Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch

First Look At Rocker Dan Spitz’s Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch

First Look At Rocker Dan Spitzs Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch   watch industry news

Toward the end of 2014, Jeanrichard will announce a limited edition watch produced in collaboration with rock-and-roller Dan Spitz. On his Facebook page today, Spitz previewed the prototype of the upcoming model that will be based on the Jeanrichard Aeroscope timepiece. Dan was wearing it on his wrist presumably at the pool in his Florida home. We know that Dan has been looking to partner with a watch brand for quite sometime. What makes Spitz a bit different from your average watch-loving musician is that he himself is a watchmaker.

Now, 51-year-old Dan Spitz took a break from music in 1995, after leaving the band Anthrax to become a watchmaker. He attended the prestigious WOSTEP watchmaking school in Switzerland. Spitz eventually returned to music in the early 2000s, but remains a very special type of celebrity watch lover because of his watchmaker training. Spitz has flirted with the idea of working with a few timepiece brands, and it seems to have worked out with Jeanrichard, who while not new, is up-and-coming in the sport watch segment after a clever price-drop a few years ago when they announced that they would use more base Swiss ETA movements versus in-house made calibers.

First Look At Rocker Dan Spitzs Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch   watch industry news

First Look At Rocker Dan Spitzs Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch   watch industry news
Standard Jeanrichard Aeroscope model that the limited edition for Dan Spitz will be based on.

The upcoming limited edition Aeroscope will likely help support Spitz's work battling autism for the Blooming With Autism charity that he is involved with. Spitz has twin children who are afflicted with the condition and has been an outspoken proponent of autism medical research for several years. However, this is speculation as the nature of the limited edition watch has not yet been revealed.

Further, Spitz's wrist shot of the Aeroscope still leaves something to the imagination in regard to the colors used. It will likely have an all black steel or titanium case with what may be a blue dial. Spitz also hinted at a second limited edition Jeanrichard watch for women that will be in white and titanium that his wife Candi is currently beta testing.

First Look At Rocker Dan Spitzs Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch   watch industry news

We will wait until more news is available in regard to Jeanrichard's official relationship with Dan Spitz. The limited edition watch will probably be announced in the fall time of 2014. The watch will be based on the Jeanrichard Aeroscope chronograph, that is 44mm wide and contains a base Sellita SW300 movement with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module. Our anticipated price for the limited edition Dan Spitz watch will be about $5,500. jeanrichard.com

17 comments
aleximd2000
aleximd2000

Jean Richard  and???????

It looks like a cheap plastic watch for 29.99$.Sorry!!!

And the fact that he attended the WOSTEP  does not say to me a thing. AAAAAAh the fact he said about the watchmaker desk is something. The rest is quiet. Wait hearing from Spitz!!!

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

Dan Spitz is a household name in the heavy metal world since the 80's, having sold millions of records during his time in Anthrax, touring the world many times over. Anthrax is considered one of the "big four" of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Now, I don't expect many who frequent this site to necessarily be as big as a metalhead as myself and immediately recognize him, and I certainly don't see much crossover in celebrity endorsement to metal masses. I do see his involvement being quite a bit less on the "famous star posing with a photoshopped watch" and more of a curiosity. More of a "used to be a famous musician" and now "gave that life up to make watches". I remember when he left Anthrax to go to watchmaking school and being quite puzzled by it. This was well before I started following horology, but it seemed like a pure career change more than a crossover to endorse anything. He literally vanished from the metal world for years until he briefly rejoined for a few years not that long ago. I think it's quite cool, and an incredibly odd change of lifestyles. I"m glad he found a partner company. I doubt his name will help sell many watches like a Cameron Diaz might, but I just think it's a very cool story...and a very unlikely one. From deafening yet precision thrash metal to tiny, quiet, precision mechanisms. My favorite album he appeared on was Anthrax's "Persistence of Time" opus. Persistence of time indeed...

JonnyD
JonnyD

Regarding celebrity endorsements, whilst I am certainly not a fan, at least Mr.Spitz is a watchmaker, so has definite bona fides to know a decent watch when he wears one. That is more than can be said for other marque ambassadors, such as Longines.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

Note to JR: The idea of ``celebrity endorsements'' is that, amazing as it seems, there are actually people out there who are inspired to buy watches on the basis of their ``association'' with some celebrity. [At least I assume that this is so, on the grounds of the persistence of this bizarre notion.] But the thing is, it only works if your ``celebrity'' is actually famous. You know, someone with a unique talent who has parlayed it to attain distinction.. Like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Better call one of them before they get too fat. Because Mr Spitz is not exactly a household name. Not even in his own household I suspect.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Jeez, in that pool shot it looks huge for a 44mm watch. Looking forward to better photos of the production watch (with all of that jacked up saturation, who knows what it really looks like).

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Spaceguitar  I almost lost hope of reading an Anthrax post but you saved the day! I do own most of the early Anthrax CD's/Vinyls and they have quite the fascination with "time." Btw "in my world" is an anthem in my metal book. The "nothing touches me, I'm a walking razor blade" part still sends s shivers down my spine.

Also, I actually appreciate JR more now, because they used someone with credentials and is a watchmaking underdog if ever there was one. To top it off, the guy is a complications wiz for frak's sake! I bet Hetfield couldn't even change the battery on  his Swatch.


Oh and the celebrity endorsement that I'm still waiting for is Bruce Dickinson for Breitling.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

@Spaceguitar Loved "Persistence of Time" and saw Anthrax a few times back in the day.  Still a devoted fan of the "big four," I wrote about them in my youth for the occasional metal mag, etc.  I think one of the things that attracted me as a fifteen-year-old to thrash metal in the first place, was the level of intelligence it really required of the people who made that music and wrote those lyrics (it wasn't about girls and cars) and performed with that level of precision - Bruce Dickenson (not exactly thrash, I know, but close) was a role model for me at the time because he was into all kinds of other pursuits - I knew for a lot of these guys that they weren't all going to end up OD-ing in a pile of their own sick, that there was more ahead they would do with their lives and when I see Dan Spitz the watchmaker, that just makes my day.  Thanks for beating me to commenting on this - well said.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Zeitblom Not to argue with you about the value (or lack thereof) with celebrity endorsements, but Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are just famous for being famous. What have they done? What are their talents, other than being publicity whores? At least Dan Spitz earned whatever level of fame he has. And I'm more inclined too listen to a trained watchmaker than some bimbo whose only real claim to fame is a sex tape. But like you, celebrity endorsements just don't register with me either. Cheers.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

@Panagiotis @Spaceguitar The man pilots the jet planes that take the band from show to show for God's sake, Breitling is PERFECT for him, that is genius.

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

@Panagiotis @Spaceguitar "In My World" is killer, totally agreed. That album is top notch. Also, the syncopation in the opening riff of "Time" seems like a hidden ode to timekeeping, horology and such.  And yes...a Bruce Dickinson endorsed Breitling would be MINT. You might actually see some actual crossover there and increased sales (including me...not even a Breitling devotee). That's pretty genius, I shoulda thought of that! I wouldnt' be surprised if he's been approached already by someone...

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

@SN0WKRASH @Spaceguitar Exactly. My favorite bands never veered towards that glam/rock star vibe. Assembling very complex riff passages into a song certainly requires more attention to detail than party rock songs with banal lyrics. It doesn't surprise me that the same attention to detail likely crossed over perfectly when Spitz enrolled in WOSTEP. I luckily did see them tour for Persistence of Time opening for Maiden; that was an incredible show! And yes, Bruce is the definition of a polymath. Surprise, yet another band that eschewed "the lifestyle" for well thought out albums, and a career with some real staying power.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

@MarkCarson @Zeitblom "What are their talents, other than being publicity whores?"


What injustice. Paris and Kim are artists I tell ya, artists. Have you seen that sex tape? A profound meditation on the human condition if ever I saw one.


Ok, Ok, so they are publicity whores. And that's what watch companies need, right? That's why they are ideally suited. Never send a girl to do a whore's job.


Anyway..... *not* having celebrity endorsements is for me a powerful recommendation. I was sad to see Zenith being endorsed by that fellow who fell out of a capsule in outer space. But still they are better than some.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Zeitblom That's a great line: "Never send a girl to do a whore's job." Planning on having that on your tombstone one day? Ha ha.

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