Remember the gorgeous and stately beautiful JeanRichard Aquascope Lady Night diver that was revealed in the beginning of the year? Well, soon the independent Swiss brand will start selling a new version of the sporty automatic diving watch. Called JeanRichard Aquascope Lady Day (ref. 60140-11-71A-AN7D), the new timekeeper is presented in a more jovial white and gray color scheme.
Coming in the same cushion-shaped stainless steel case 44.50 x 40.00 millimeters in width and depth respectively, the updated timepiece is still less than 12 mm high, which still makes it quite large for a ladies watch, but allows it to be worn even on a relatively thin wrist. After all, oversized timekeepers are all the rage right now, especially among young independent women who clearly prefer massive timekeepers to tiny featherlight trinkets of the past.
The elegant feel of the watch is further emphasized with a natural mother of pearl dial that, accompanied by eight diamonds, makes the new JeanRichard Aquascope Lady Day look even more expensive and dressier.
While not as contrast as the matte black face of the previous version, the mother of pearl dial still looks quite legible (especially for a diver that will possibly never taste the salty sea water.)
Frankly, I don’t even think that it is supposed to be used as diving companion, since JeanRichard even offered the watch not on a usual steel bracelet or a rubber band, but on a much less practical white fabric strap with satin-effect finish.
The original aluminum bidirectional rotating bezel, which is operated with the secondary setting crown positioned at 9 hours, is, too, painted in a light-grey color that perfectly matches the precious dial.
Again, from the point of view of mechanics, the watch is the twin of the Lady Night. It is, too, operated with the “workhorse” Caliber JR1000 automatic movement that offers at least 48 hours of power reserve and is known for its robustness and reliability.
The price is still unknown*, but it will probably retail for the same $7500 as the black version of the watch does.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: It’s been reported that the watch will retail for impressive 7700 CHF (approximately $8400 USD,) but even that doesn’t seem to be too expensive all thing considered. Yes, a Rolex Datejust with its price of $10k-$11k USD is quite close (one might even say “dangerously close”) to the niche chosen for this timekeeper, but it is also considerably smaller than this oversized beauty, so they are not really competitors (at least, in the visual department.) I think, for the purposes of this brief review, I would give the timekeeper four stars out of five in the “value for money” rating.
JeanRichard Aquascope Lady Day (ref. 60140-11-71A-AN7D) automatic ladies watch specification
Price: 7700 CHF (MSRP, approx. $8400 USD)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber JR1000, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Perlage, branded rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Aluminum
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.50 x 40.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 11.85 mm
Dial: White mother of pearl
Hour markers: Luminous, diamonds
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: White fabric strap with satin-effect finish, stainless steel folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Screw-down