Modernity with strong credentials
The Watch Quote™ - October 31st, 2012
The 1681 Ronde watch epitomizes all the elegance of traditional watchmaking. Symbolizing authenticity, it turns the idea of balance into a true discipline to impose its hours. Driven by the famous caliber JR1000 self-winding manufacture movement, it comes in two versions; a three hands and date or a small seconds with date.
Refined style and contemporary dimensions are the salient features of the 41 mm-diameter case. In pink gold or steel, it provides a simple frame for the time display in a classic presentation, reduced to its clearest expression. Here, legibility rules on a white lacquered dial that eschews attempts at superfluous decoration. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock while the traditional leaf-shaped hands are highlighted with luminescent material. The baton indexes accentuated with phosphorescent material add a touch of urbane modernity. The pink gold version has additional applied Arabic numerals whose design blends harmoniously with the shape of the indexes.
Behind the scenes, with well tested regularity, beats the manufacture JR1000 caliber, with a new rotor bearing the brand’s signature visible through the sapphire back. Its purified design responds to the spirit of time. An alligator strap with pin buckle and hand-rolled edges gives the piece a final touch of elegance.
Conventional but clearly contemporary, the 1681 Ronde watch remains true to the brand’s watchmaking origins. Its design coupled with the Manufacture movement confirms its resolve to go for the essential, to give time its most fitting expression.
The hallmark of Fine Watchmaking
A union of heritage, historical expertise and manufactured movements: the 1681 collection from JeanRichard is immersed in the authenticity belonging to a fascinating world where the wheels of time are designed with philosophy.
In tribute to Daniel Jeanrichard, considered one of the founders of the Neuchatel region’s watch industry, the JeanRichard brand draws strength from its creative energy and promotes independence as a way of life. The 1681 collection boasts the year that Daniel Jeanrichard manufactured his first watch. It takes a fresh look at traditional watchmaking in a contemporary style while staying true to the old watchmaker’s precepts, allowing no compromise, whether technical or aesthetic.
Born in 1665 at Les Bressels, on La Sagne lake in Switzerland, Daniel Jeanrichard took an early interest in small mechanisms. Chance gave him a watch to mend. With perseverance and patience, he studied the timepiece, dismantled it and decided to reproduce it. It was his first contact with watchmaking. What began as a fascination quickly became a passion for the young man, who was just 14 at the time. This autodidact was later led to work on other timepieces. Bit by bit, he acquired the working mastery and the techniques necessary for making timepieces. In 1692, he was qualified, for the first time, as “Master Clockmaker”, the very first in the region. Three years later, building on his knowledge of silversmithing, he took the titles of both Watchmaker and Silversmith.
His contribution to the development of watchmaking in the Neuchâtel region of the Jura mountains is undeniable: apart from the invention of various tools and machines, he was the creator of the system of division of labor, with different workshops and factories for assembling watches. Considered a pioneer in the field, he worked towards keeping the profession alive, and in 1701, hired his first apprentices, thus building the bases of a regional tradition that survives today, and is celebrated in the 1681 collection.
The 1681 watches are “timekeepers” in the true meaning of the word. They have preserved in their heart the expertise inherited from the industry’s pioneers. Their hours turn with faultless regularity to the beat of a self-winding mechanical movement, the famous JR1000, created and developed by JeanRichard in 2004 after 4 years of research and development. With a diameter of 11’’’1/2 and only 3.77 mm thick, it offers excellent timekeeping performance and perfect running stability, even with added modules. Grand master of time, the caliber sits in a choice housing whose face recalls the finest classic watches, with a touch of modernity setting it firmly in the 21st