This new JeanRichard 2TimeZones Zirconium (ref. 68130-33-11C-AA6D) limited edition wristwatch seems to be one of the coolest-looking cushion-shaped GMT watches on the market. Successfully combining its massive body and crowns with generously proportioned elements of the dial, the timepiece is not only elegant enough to be worn with formal dress, but is also very easy to read thanks to its wide hands and a finely executed second time zone aperture with jumping hours.
According to the Swiss brand’s press release, JeanRichard 2TimeZones Zirconium is powered by an in-house JR1060 automatic movement, which is ticking inside a 43 x 43 mm cushion-shaped case made of zirconium and rubber. Based on their own Caliber JR1000 “tractor” movement, the mechanism features an extra GMT add-on module that expands the timekeeper’s functionality, but at the same makes it a bit thicker. Well, with the specified thickness of just over 13 millimeters, this doesn’t seem to be a problem: the watch is supposed to be massive and I don’t see any problem with that.
As you can see on the photos below, the new timekeeper gets rid of the usual secondary hour hand that indicates time a 24-hour format in favor of a less common digital indicator with jumping hours.
Since current time in another time zone is displayed in a 12-hour format, JeanRichard’s engineers had to make the Caliber JR1060 a little bit more complex by introducing an extra disk with AM and PM indicators that make you easier to understand whether it is 8 in the morning or in the evening (a handy feature if you are visiting a casino in Monaco or in Las Vegas.)
The jumping hour indicator is comfortably operated with two pushers located at 8 and 10 o’clock and allowing for moving the hand counter- or clockwise at a push of a button.
My only complaint here is the prominent “-” and “+” signs painted on the respective pushers. To my taste, they make the new 2TimeZones Zirconim look a trifle cheap. The watch would look a lot better if the signs were stamped or engraved or simply left blank: it takes to read a user’s manual just once in order to remember how the functions actually works!
Otherwise, the timekeeper’s design looks almost flawless.
To make using the GMT feature even simpler, JeanRichard has also introduced another indicator at 6 o’clock (just below the small date aperture) featuring a list of 24 cities, each representing a certain time zone.
The indicator is easily operated with the secondary crown located at 9 o’clock.
The primary crown at 3 o’clock is used to set correct time and date as well as to wind up the watch.
The movement of the watch seems to be properly decorated, but, alas, you will have a difficulty admiring it since the case back of the watch is covered with a heavily tinted crystal.
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JeanRichard 2TimeZones Zirconium (ref. 68130-33-11C-AA6D) limited edition watch specification
Price range: $15,000 (MSRP)
Movement: JR1060, self-winding, in-house, 31 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Zirconium with rubber bezel and transparent tinted sapphire caseback
Case size: 43 x 43 mm
Case height: 13.23 mm
Dial: Black or rhodium-plated
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber-coated alligator strap with sandblasted stainless steel folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective