JeanRichard is one of the more overlooked of the Swiss luxury brands, seldom seeing the fan fare that Omega, Rolex or even Tag Heuer enjoy. The brand is the result of a JeanRichard family presence in watchmaking which, according to the brand’s website, dates back to 1681. Today, JeanRichard has a large collection of watches spanning three model ranges which are exclusively powered by their own in-house movements. At SIHH this year, JeanRichard announced a new model in their Diverscope line of cushion case dive watches, the Diverscope LPR.
This new Diverscope features the use of a conventional stainless steel case and a trick linear power reserve (hence the LPR) which changes the numeral at 12 o’clock from white to black as the power reserve empties. The case is 43 mm wide and 13.4 mm thick with a water resistance rating of 300 meters.
Ticking inside is the JR1010 automatic movement which features 26 jewels and a 48 hour power reserve servicing the timekeeping and the cool linear power reserve complication. The case design is beautifully symmetrical with short lugs and a two crown design which allows for control of the date and timekeeping, as well as the internal bi-directional bezel. Oddly enough, given the additional flash of the power reserve indicator, the LPR model is one of the more subdued designs in the Diverscope range which has seen the use of titanium, vulcanized rubber coatings, and bright dial treatments.
While the linear power reserve indicator may be viewed as a gimmick by some, we think there is credit to be given to a practical power reserve design that does not clutter an already busy dial. JeanRichard has yet to announce pricing or availability but other Diverscope models carry list prices in excess of $8000. Pricing will likely be a problem for JeanRichard as the Diverscope line is already very expensive before adding the LPR complication. With a speculative price point in excess of $10k, only time will tell if buyers will find value in a JeanRichard that is priced along side (or above) perennial favorites from Omega, Rolex, and even Jaeger-LeCoultre.