Blue seems to be the color of the season (possibly even the year) and the new Jean Richard 1681 Small Second is getting in on the act with its stylish Blue Collection.
Jean Richard 1681 Small Second
There are two new models to choose from, one in steel and the other in pink gold. My favorite is definitely the latter however I can imagine some people (myself included) may find it hard to stomach the US$21,400 price tag that comes attached. I have to say though that I really love the detailing and cushion shape of the case, as it prevents the Jean Richard 1861 Small Second blue from being just another generic round watch. You can definitely see the Girard-Perregaux influence there, as well as the manufacture’s expertise.
The case is certainly a bit on the large side for a dress watch at 44mm, but the polished and vertically satin-finished pink gold really does appeal to me. I just wish it was a bit smaller. The hours and minutes are shown on the main dial, with small seconds on a sub-dial at 9 o’clock nicely offset by a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Some people probably would have preferred the date disc to match the colour of the dial but I don’t mind this subtle touch of contrast. The outside chapter ring for the minutes in white is also nice touch and and stands out nicely against the rich blue dial.
Flip the watch over and you will find the automatic JR1000 Manufacture movement, complete with decorated rotor, on display through the sapphire exhibition case back. Finishing the look, and keeping with the blue theme of course, is a supple blue alligator leather strap. Not for all tastes, the Jean Richard 1681 Small Seconds in Blue is at the very least a great conversation starter.
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