Like their recent Aquascope Diver Monocoque automatic diver, the 2013 JeanRichard Terrascope (ref. 60500-11-601-11A) is, too, about bridging the gaps. This particular time measuring device, for example, looks like a successful attempt to offer a watch, which is elegant enough to go with a business suit, but will still look great with a Canada Goose parka and a pair of Red Wings.
Presented in an almost the same cushion-shaped stainless steel case that we came to love with their Aquascope and Highlands collections, the watch features a refined combination of polished and brushed surfaces that give this beautiful product a look of rugged elegance.
Measuring 44 millimeters in width, the Terrascope is still less than 13 millimeters in diameter, which not only makes it look slender but also probably makes it feel comfortable if you prefer to wear tight-cuffed shirts. The slightly oversized, unusually decorated winding crown, too, looks both elegant and ergonomic, although it would be nice if the part had a pair of crown guards protecting it from shocks and other vicissitudes of life.
The case itself is well-sculpted featuring beveled edges and a convincing combination of polished and satin-brushed surfaces that make the watch look even more refined: something that you don’t see often when it comes to ‘ruggedized’ timekeepers that are supposed to look badass in a sort of elegant way, but, alas, rarely do. This one does the job with flying colors.
Judging by JeanRichard’s corporate web-site, the model will be offered in a number of versions, including one featuring rose gold accents on its cushion-shaped case and dial, but this one, on a solid stainless steel bracelet and with its dial featuring sober, cool black and light green color scheme, looks the most appealing to yours truly. It is also one of the most affordable in the upcoming collection if that’s a factor for you.
Although somehow reminding of the legendary IWC Ingenieur family, the watch doesn’t offer any special antimagnetic or shock protection for its Sellita-based Caliber JR60 self-winding movement, but, to be frank, if you don’t happen to be an electrician or work with intense magnetic fields, there is probably nothing to worry about.
So far, the JeanRichard Terrascope Automatic is expected to sell at a pretty reasonable price of just €3000 (less than $4000 USD at current exchange rate), which makes it one of the most competitively priced products on the market.
See also: JeanRichard 1681 Ronde Small Seconds
JeanRichard Terrascope (ref. 60500-11-601-11A) specification
Price: €3000 (Around $4000 at the time of writing this review, MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber JR60, based on a Sellita SW200 blank movement, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Stainless steel, polished and brushed
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 12.60 mm
Hour markers: Luminous, applied
Hands: Steel, luminous, rhodium-plated
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Solid stainless steel bracelet with steel folding buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Screw-down, engraved