Jeanrichard issues a special Aquascope dedicated to Oxford Cambridge Boat Race


The rivalry between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge goes back a long way, and one of the most famous aspects of it is certainly The Boat Race. The famous rowing race was first held in 1829, and became an annual event in 1856. The upcoming edition, The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race, will take place on April 6th, and Jeanrichard is going to be there as the Official Timekeeper. For this occasion, the company has prepared a special edition of their Aquascope watch, named Aquascope Boat Race. This is a limited edition collection, available in symbolic 160 pieces, reminding us of the fact that the upcoming event is the 160th edition of the race.

The training sessions for the 2014 edition of the legendary race have officially begun, marked by the Autumn Reception event, which was held on October 24th, at the BNY Mellon Headquarters in London. The two teams have accepted the new challenge, laid down by the President of the Cambridge University Boat Club, following their 2013 loss.

Malcolm Howard and Steve Dudek, presidents of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs

Now, let’s focus on the watch itself – the Aquascope Boat Race offers a seemingly familiar design, but there are several distinctive features here. Jeanrichard incorporated the colors representing the two universities’ boat clubs: dark blue for Oxford and light blue for Cambridge. We can see them on the minute track, as well as the double index at 12 o’clock. Next, the second hand features a tip shaped like the arrow found on The Boat Race logo. Finally, on the dial itself, there is an inscription dedicated to the race, the “The BNY Mellon Boat Race Oxford & Cambridge”.

Familiar look, new details

This is all housed in a 44 mm case, made of stainless steel with blue PVD coating. It features a polished and vertical satin finish, while on the engraved bezel we find circular satin finish. As for the water resistance, this watch has got nothing to worry about – it can be submerged in water up to 300 meters. For a watch dedicated to an event associated with water, this isn’t a surprise, but it’s good to hear nonetheless.

The dial pretty much matches the case; this is a grey dial with vertical finish, visually spiced up with light and dark blue details. Both the hands and indexes are rhodium-coated and luminescent, the hour hand also being arrow-shaped. One last addition to the dial is the date window, located between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Nice and clean design

Inside the watch you’ll find Jeanrichard’s caliber JR60 with 26 jewels, which is based off a Sellita movement. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 38 hours, which should be quite sufficient. As for the strap, we have a tough, yet stylish-looking blue rubber strap, which makes a perfect match for this timepiece. Again, we have a familiar design here, with the ribbed surface, along with the company’s JR logo. Finally, the strap itself is completed with a steel folding buckle.

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