When we talk about the beginnings of Swiss mechanical watches, we must not forget a man named Daniel Jeanrichard. Considered to be the father of Swiss watchmaking, he ventured into the industry in the Neuchatel Mountains in the late 17th century. At SIHH 2011, the Jeanrichard brand will pay tribute to Daniel with the classic Bressel Hommage "Daniel" watch and the innovative Diverscope Titanium.
The "Daniel" Pocket Watch in 1710
Daniel Jeanrichard made this pocket watch exactly three centuries ago. Nicknamed "Daniel," this timepiece was proof of his watchmaking expertise and pioneering spirit, at a time when the watchmaking industry in Switzerland was in its mere infancy. The sophisticated pocket watch had a robust silver case. It was equipped with a chain and fusée mechanism, and the balance was protected by a beautifully engraved balance coq. A single hour hand in blued steel indicated the time on the white enamel dial. When it was too dark to read the time, one simply had to open the bezel and touch the blue hand and the dial. A very rare function was the calendar mechanism which indicated the date through a window in the dial.
Bressel Hommage "Daniel"
Today, the Jeanrichard maison pays tribute to the father of Swiss watchmaking with the new Bressel Hommage "Daniel" watch. Jeanrichard has transposed the 1710 pocket watch's original designs into a modern wristwatch: 38-mm diametre pink gold case, white lacquered dial, black Roman numerals and blued steel hands on the dial, and a red digit date display at the 3 o'clock position. The watch is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, JR1000, which offers 48 hours of power reserve. The diamond-set bezel reference makes the Bressel Hommage "Daniel" even more precious.
Sand-blasted titanium case, 300-metre water resistance and a rugged silhouette - Jeanrichard's new Diverscope Titanium is a far cry from the classic elegance of the Bressel Hommage "Daniel." If you are the adventurous type, then this is the perfect watch whether for the city or in the depths of the ocean.
Jeanrichard has combined state-of-the-art technology and watchmaking know-how in making the diving watch. Titanium is harder than steel, but it is also 40% lighter and extremely resistant to corrosion. Sand-blasting gives the Diverscope Titanium case a rugged look, which matches the dial and the fabric strap.
The Diverscope Titanium has two crowns: the 3 o'clock crown sets the time and date, and the 9 o'clock crown is used to adjust the bi-directional bezel inside, which records diving time. To safeguard the watch against impact, the rotating bezel can only be turned when the crowns are unscrewed. Black and white luminescent hands ensure legibility in the murkiest waters, and the in-house self-winding mechanical movement JR1000 completes this tough, innovative watch.