HANDS-ON : with JEANRICHARD’s Aeroscope, Aquascope and Terrascope

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Following on from a previous post, this is the second part dedicated to some of JEANRICHARD’s range of relaunched and new watches. For this post, we cover the sports range – the Aeroscope, Aquascope and Terrascope.

First we start with the land. The Terrascope name has been used before but its new manifestation is in a large (46mm, 12.60mm thick) cushion-shaped case has been around in various guises. This new iteration has a simple bold dial with time and date, large luminous rhodium-coated hands, sweep seconds hand with a red triangle tip, luminous indices, and a big strong presence.

The Terrascope’s case is both polished and satin-finished stainless steel with a screw-down crown and it is water resistant to 100m. The use of both vertical satin-brushed finishing and polished finishing (on the bezel) gives it a nice contrast and visual interest.

It comes in a myriad of dial colours ranging from the sedate black to aubergine, blue, grey and dark green, and on bracelet, calf and rubber strap options. There’s also an unexpectedly dressed up blue dial model with a bi-metal (stainless steel and pink gold) case with pink gold-plated hands with luminescent material.

It is a both a sports and dress watch. It has a good degree of heft and solidity to it particularly when on the bracelet, but in versions such as this aubergine one, it seems a different watch – more dressy and, despite the 46mm size (it feels more like many 44mm watches), unexpectedly quite unisex.

Next comes the water. The new Aquasope collection is in a 44m sized cushion case with a height of 13.05mm. With a screw-down crown and water resistant to 300m these automatic watches have big indices, applied rhodium-coated indexes with lume, the same red-tipped seconds hand as the Terrascope, and a good-sized knurled uni-directional bezel for easy handling.

It comes in dial colours of blue, black and white with bracelet and rubber strap options. There is a model with polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case with black DLC coating and a couple of models with an anodised-aluminium bezel. I find this new version of the Aquascope a lot cleaner and more appealing than the old models with the dual crowns at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the latter being to operate the bi-directional bezel which has now been changed to the perhaps more manageable uni-directional one.

Of the three JEANRICHARD sports collections, the Aquascope is my personal favourite, and the blue and black versions that I saw are easy to read, not too heavy on the wrist and on a soft and comfortable rubber strap.

The final watch is from the Aeroscope collection. The Aeroscope models are 44mm with a thickness of 12.67mm. The watches have large numerals and luminescent indexes in orange, white or black with a contrasting background.

These chronographs have large pushers, a bezel with a minute scale, large luminescent numerals and lumed skeletonised hour and minute hands. The dials come in rhodium-treated black or grey, vertical satin finishing and sunken counters with circular satin finishing, or in matte white.

The cushion-shaped case is made in titanium. As well as black, silver and white dialled versions in titanium there is are some models in black DLC titanium, one of which is this orange version, one of two with polished and vertically satin-finished titanium and black DLC-coated titanium cases. The Aeroscope is available with a rubber strap in black white orange or grey, or a plain or black titanium bracelet with a butterfly clasp.


I selected this particular model to share because orange is colour that appears often in dive watches due to its strength for underwater visibility but less so in ‘air’ themed ones and which (used to varying degrees) seems to have an enduring modern popularity and presence on wristwatches.

An interesting fact about the Aeroscape collection is that it was launched with the assistance of new brand ambassador pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, best-known for ditching an Airbus A320 he was piloting in the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

A feature of particular note for these sports watches is the range of coloured rubber straps from JEANRICHARD that are available; great for warmer weather as an alternative to leather and the bracelets.



Categories: Divers watches, JEANRICHARD, Watch Profile, watches

6 replies

  1. Thank you for an interesting article. I have an old Daniel Jean Richard fly-back, so I am somewhat interested in their watches. I am so sure about the design direction they are heading though. The terrascope for example has such a large bezel that there is not much dial real-estate left. I would rather a smaller watch with a smaller bezel and the same dial size ie a watch which makes the most of its dial space. The Omega Aquaterra is a good example. This opinion is of course aesthetic related which is personal, however thicker bezel watches, Gerald Genta style, seemed to have had their times (80’s). It would be interesting to see what your readers think of the new designs

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  2. I like the look of an imposing flat bezel along the design lines of the Nautilus, Royal Oak and Hublot. Exudes raw masculine energy that makes the watch stand out without it looking like another dime-a-dozen diver’s watch. This is the main reason I got the Terrascope :).

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  3. JEANRICHARD is now available at Monards in Melbourne (03) 9650-9288 🙂

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