JeanRichard Diverscope LPR

A Talking Point

Dr. Edwina Davies reviews the JeanRichard Diverscope, a watch launched at SIHH 2012 and featuring an innovative power-reserve indicator.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR - dial

 

It looks familiar but not in this context. It has aroused interest, provided a talking point. It is also functional and practical. The linear power reserve that lends its name to the watch creates curiosity by how it is depicted. We’ll look at this more closely later but think of a fuel gauge and then locate it imaginatively and subtly on the dial of the watch and why it attracts attention is evident. But if you focus only on the LPR you miss a diversity of attractive details on the dial which contribute to its appeal.

 

The Diverscope was introduced in 2011 and this is the new version launched at SIHH in 2012. It is a watch suited to its purpose.

 

The dial

The watch presents an opaline black dial and has a dominantly grey and black appearance with its steel case framing a bold face with numbers utilising white and black numerals and markings. However, adding interest are tiny splashes of red.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR - case

The Arabic numerals are the same black as the general dial but are strongly outlined in white, 12, 3, 6 and 9. Other numbers are replaced by rectangular indices similarly outlined. Note number 12, however. It changes from black to solid white as the watch is wound and the power reserve increases. This is the indication and measure of the power reserve. The rising level within the gauge is achieved by a luminescent plate rising within the number frame as the watch is wound. This is what has everyone taking notice.

 

The numbers 1 and 2 of the 12 are in same form as the indices depicting the hours between the 12, 3, 6 and 9 but sadly they remain solidly black. Stressing the primary focus at 12 is an inverted equilateral triangle, edged in red and with a white centre, replacing the anticipated number or bar for the minutes.

 

The rotating internal bezel has the minutes depicted in different ways. The 20, 30, 40 and 50 markers are again Arabic in form with their outline white, with a luminescent surface, smaller than those for the hours but number 10 is totally white. The interim integers have the same rectangular form as those for the unnumbered hours but are blocked white. Then note the seconds marked off for the first quarter of the dial with strokes of descending height.

 

The subtle delivery of information using a restricted palette might pass unnoticed as the attention focuses on the LPR depiction and that would be a shame because the whole is imaginative, creative and merits closer scrutiny.

 

Look at the red touches mentioned earlier. The outline of the important triangle at 12 is red ensuring that the key feature is not ignored. The discreet red “E” at the bottom of the gauge gains attention by its colour whilst the tiny white “F” denoting that the power reserve is full is unassuming. Red is a warning.

 JeanRichard Diverscope LPR - linear power-reserve indicator

Because the LPR feature is so important, LPR is stated alongside the Diverscope name in red whilst other lettering is white. The unassuming slender, sweeping, second hand, blending in colour with the dial, is embellished with a red and white triangle echoing that at 12 o’clock and the date in its simple rectangular window between the 35 an 40 minute batons is also red.

 

The hour and minute hands are presented in black and white, but dominantly white, and are robust, strong in form, the hour with quite a large white equilateral triangle for its tip. Its size and the luminescent coating and the strength of line of both it and the minute grab attention.

 

The case

Measuring 43 mm in diameter and 13.4 mm thick the case is in stainless steel with polished and satin surfaces.

 

The case is cushion shaped and the stainless steel is a diversion from the original titanium versions. Adding interest is that combination of polished and satin finish. The case back is solid and held by four screws. The screw lock crowns at 3 and 9 o’clock afford significant water resistance. In fact it is water resistant to 300 metres. The crown at 3 controls the hours and date. The crown at 9 controls the internal bezel. The internal bezel can be rotated both clockwise and anti-clockwise, a useful device when diving.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR - case

In form it is clean, has strength and enfolds the face in an uncluttered, unobtrusive manner which allows the dial to take the spotlight.

 

The movement

The automatic mechanical movement is in-house, the calibre JR 1010. It is a variant on the JR 1000 launched in 2004. The change in number reflects the addition of the power reserve. It is self-winding, has 26 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 vph.

 

Other features

A nice touch is the provision of two straps with the watch. One is black rubber gracefully sculpted in shape and with a stainless steel folding buckle and the alternative in black Kevlar fabric.

 

Conclusion

At first meeting the focus was so much on the power reserve depiction, its novelty, which did in truth grab the attention, however, it was only when revisiting this watch and scrutinising the dial that the imaginative use of shape and colour, repetition of form held me. It is themed, so imaginative that you need to take a second look.

 

The dial aids interpretation whether on land or exploring oceans deep. The watch has a robust character congruent with the wearer's appetite for adventure and should afford the owner many years of trustworthy service.

 

Technical specification

  • Model: Jean Richard Diverscope LPR
  • Case: Polished and satin-finished stainless steel; 43.00 mm diameter; 13.40 mm height; water resistant to 30 bar (300 metres); anti-refelective sapphire crystal to both front.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; seconds; linear power reserve; date.
  • Calibre: Self-winding; Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); power reserve 48 hours; 26 jewels.
  • Calibre Reference: JR 1010
  • Strap: Supplied with two straps: black fabric and black rubber. Satin-finished stainless steel folding buckle

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