May 13, 2010
by Ariel Adams
JeanRichard is having enough success with their well-designed line of Diverscope dive watches to merit an on-going stream of limited editions. Here is one of my favorites. They rename the watch the “2TimeZones,” add some complications, and make the case out of zirconium. I think there are 2TimeZones watches that aren’t in Zirconium that I took images of below. Why zirconium? It is a lot like titanium, but not titanium. Need I say more? The watch is not only a 2 time zone watch, but also a nifty world timer. One that genuinely wants to be a better world timer than the rest of them. I like how the main time and second timezone are actually totally different in style. That way you don’t mix the two up – something I would personally be prone to doing. This is probably my favorite second timezone watch that I’ve ever checked out.
The dial has of course the time, a small window for the date, then below it one for the time zone reference city. Titanium pushers on the left side of the case move the time “east or west.” The second timezone is displayed in a larger window closer to the top of the dial (thankfully not in 24 hour format), and with an AM/PM indicator. Finally, a world timer for normal people! The watch crows are also titanium (left one is used for the internal rotating 24 hour ring that is a diver’s bezel in other similar JeanRichard watches) that has black vulcanized rubber.
The rubber bezel sort of gives the watch a bumper. Other versions of the watch have standard metal bezels. The gravel-like textured gray dial is also interesting and of course the hands and hour numerals are easy to see and read. The pictures dial is actually “powdered effect” stamped rhodium, and a black version of this is also available, along with a number of other dials. There are even pattern textured dials available. The strong hands are nicely differentiated between the hour and minute hand, and are also very easy to read. This is a straight forward watch and proves that JeanRichard is a no BS brand.
Inside the watch is a calibre JR1000 movement. It is an automatic, and in-house made I believe. Movement has 33 jewels and a reasonable power reserve of 48 hours. Of course the crystal is sapphire and the case is water resistant to 100 meters. Pretty typical for the line, but it is still highly acceptable for this semi diver style watch line. You can even consider them baby Girard Perregaux watches if you like (part of the same company). The JeanRichard 2TimeZones Zirconium is limited to just 249 pieces (odd number). Price is about $10,000 – $15,000 if I recall correctly. Not sure the number of pieces for the non limited editions. Should be available now or soon.See JeanRichard watches on eBay here. See JeanRichard watches on Amazon here. [phpbay]jeanrichard, num, “14324”, “”[/phpbay]