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Friday, December 30, 2005 

Daniel JeanRichard

Daniel JeanRichard watchesIn the late 17th century, young goldsmith apprentice Daniel JeanRichard (born in 1665) became enthralled with the world of watchmaking. A meticulous perfectionist, JeanRichard was among the first to create machinery to make watch parts, and was instrumental in bringing watch production to the region of Neuchâtel,
Switzerland—now famous for this craft. Committed to creating superior timepieces, JeanRichard began training others as watchmakers and, for decades, produced fine pocket instruments.

Even after his death in 1741, his name and contributions to the field held steadfast and are well-documented in Swiss watchmaking journals.
In the early 1980s, Macaluso purchased the Daniel JeanRichard name and determined to set up production according to a strict code of excellence worthy of the legacy. He brought the brand under the Sowind Group umbrella (which also owns Girard-Perregaux) and set up shop in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

The first Daniel JeanRichard watches made their debut in the early 1990s and, by 1996, the brand was sold in some of the world’s key markets.
In 1998, Daniel JeanRichard introduced its striking TV Screen watch to the world. Inspired by the 1940s’ television sets, the cushioned-square design was an immediate hit. In 1999, Daniel JeanRichard unveiled a series of special limited-edition TV Screen Chronographs and Chronoscopes and established itself as a producer of top-quality sporty-chic timepieces. With retro-inspired cases and fine movements, the brand had carved out a niche for itself and a strong signature look. In 2000, Daniel JeanRichard added the flyback chronograph and a GMT to its line and presented its first collection for women, the TV Screen Lady, in 2001.

Designed for those with discerning taste, the Daniel JeanRichard collection is comprised of four main collections including the TV Screen, the Chronoscope, Diverscope and Bressel. Each of these houses an automatic movement and offers complex functions.
Of all the collections, it is the TV Screen watch that has made the most prolific impact on this brand. Its large size and impressive styling have kept it in high demand and Daniel JeanRichard continually adds new complications and accents to the collection.

Among the newest models are the Grand TV Screen Tourbillon, the TV Screen Retrograde Seconds watch and the Grand TV Screen Calendar. There is also a new striking jeweled TV Screen Lady series that will surely scintillate the senses.
The TV Screen Tourbillon watch is crafted in 18-karat rose gold and houses the tourbillon movement. An aperture on the delicately engine-turned dial reveals the refined mechanism.
Highly distinctive, the TV Screen Retrograde Seconds watch features a striking fan-shaped retrograde seconds indicator at the 6:00 position. The seconds hand sweeps smoothly back and forth across a 30-second guilloché zone. Available in a variety of sizes, the automatic mechanical watch is crafted in steel or in 18-karat pink gold, with an anthracite or white dial.
The Grand TV Screen Calendar watch is crafted in steel and features a black or beige matte dial with red accents. The automatic mechanical movement features a small seconds subdial at 6:00 and a double window at 12:00 to depict the day and month. The date is read via a pointer hand that revolves around an inner ring on the dial.

The TV Screen Lady is sophisticated in its gemstone versions. Available in steel, or in 18-karat yellow or pink gold, the watch comes with a choice of distinct sunburst guilloché dials or pastel mother-of-pearl dials, each featuring brightly colored applied numerals. The bezel of each watch is set with a single row of brilliant diamonds or sapphires.

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