Just over two months ago, I shared with you my take on the recently resurrected JEANRICHARD brand (and how I think they’ve gotten it right this time around). When I posted that thread, I promised my fellow TZers a closer look at each collection, so today I’m starting with the Terrascope.
The Terrascope is JR’s core collection, with a distinguishable design from which the brand’s other lines are based on. I don’t know if I would call it a sports watch per se, but it’s definitely a smart-casual smart-casual fit for everyday use; even for the more adventurous among us.
It measures 44mm wide but wears more comfortably and slightly smaller than you would expect, as it measures 42mm in length (without the lugs). It definitely wears smaller than say my 45mm Radiomir for comparison.
There’s more to the case than meets the eye. What I thought was a simple case made out of a single mono-block of steel is more complex than I could have imagined.
One aspect JEANRICHARD absolutely nailed are the proportions. Yes, it’s a 44mm wide watch, but the thick bezel and proportionately sized dial (relative to the movement) are spot-on.
The dial is actually on 2 layers, with the minutes track on the raised rehaut around the dial. The chiseled baton hour markers are polished and brushed in the middle, with superluminova on the tips. The signature arrow and losangé hands are back, with enough luminous material to keep you up all night (OK, that’s a slight exaggeration). A small detail I also appreciate is the crown, with its machined wells on the side. It doesn’t protrude too much out of the case, yet is easy to manipulate thanks to its diameter. It’s not a screw-down crown (a plus for me) yet the watch is water-resistant to 100m.
The Terrascope comes in a variety of dial colors. The central piece of the collection (to me at least) is the vertically satin-brushed black dial :
White and grey dials:
Green and brown dials:
A purple/aubergine dial for the ladies (presumably):
And here’s one I unfortunately didn’t get to see, the full stainless steel model with a vertically brushed steel dial on a steel bracelet (photo courtesy of TZ sponsor Al Armstrong):
I often come across complaints on press releases when a watch comes with a display back revealing a common base movement. Seems like the folks at JR echo your sentiments, as the Terrascope comes with solid steel caseback stamped with the brand logo.
In case you’re wondering, this is the Sellita SW 200 movement with a custom JR rotor that is used in the Terrascope and Aquascope collections.
What I really like about JEANRICHARD is the wide variety of available OEM straps. Rubber, calf, alligator, ostrich, or even a metal bracelet, JR have you covered.
I actually picked up the cognac ostrich strap for my blue Terrascope.
Oh and before I forget, here’s a really neat detail in the packaging: instead of a traditional Terrascope or resin box, the watch comes in a leather case with a separate strap, doubling as a camera case big enough to fit the likes of my Canon G15.
The Terrascope is a great collection for JR to have made a comeback with. Whether it’s a first “serious” mechanical piece or just another piece to add to the rotation, I highly recommend giving one a try.