All-black. Murdered-out. Blacked out. Black PVD-coated. Carbon fibre. DLC. Batman’s favourite colour. There’s no doubt that all-black watches are still very much in fashion, even though in terms of legibility they are inherently impractical. Who cares, all they have to do is look good.
An all-black watch was an obvious choice for Jeanrichard, the brand that woos a younger, hipper generation of prospective watch purchasers with its cushion-shaped watches. The Terrascope Chrono Carbon watch is a limited edition of 200 pieces.
Case and dial
The dial of the Terrascope Chrono Carbon is easier to read than many other all-black watches, because hands and indices are rhodium-coated, with luminescent paint for night-time visibility. The case and bezel are in carbon fibre made with unidirectional fibres; pushers are in carbon fibre composite, and the strap is in rubber with a printed alligator pattern (so-called “rubbergator”), with black titanium folding buckle. The carbon fibre materials make the watch relatively light. The chronograph subdials are very minimalist, to the point that it would be difficult to actually time something because the chronograph minute and hour markings are very limited. In a way it would be more useful as a GMT watch, leaving the chronograph running and using the 12-hour chronograph subdial to show a second time zone. The case is 44 mm in diameter, 13.1 mm thick, with a transparent sapphire caseback. Water resistance is 100 metres.
The watch is powered by the self-winding JR66 movement. This is probably a Sellita SW300-1 base movement, modified by Jeanrichard and completed with a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. The black oscillating weight is personalized with the JR logo. The movement runs at 4 Hertz (28,800 vph) and has a power reserve of 42 hours.
Reference and price
The Jeanrichard Terrascope Chrono Carbon, reference 60550-36-601-FK6A, is a limited and numbered edition of 200 pieces. Price €8,100.