Long-term review of the sporty, pilot chronograph from Jean Richard.
The Jean Richard Aeroscope is a refined chronograph watch that has familiar design cues which make it very easy to like. It also has impressive attention to detail that makes it a good value.
The Aeroscope is Jean Richard's pilot style watch to go along with the Terrascope(simple time-only) and Aquascope(diver) watch lines. As with most pilot watches, it is very easy to read at a quick glance and I like the large skeletonized and lume coated hands. The dial itself, on this particular model, has a brushed finish that matches the case and bezel. This enhances readability, especially in bright situations, and looks great. The chronograph sub-dials have a smooth radial finish which contrasts nicely with the brushed dial. The chronograph counters also have skeletonized arrow shaped hands that keeps the pilot theme going. A nice touch. This is then paired with a black Barenia leather strap, with a rubber lining and contrasting stitching. If you're not familiar with the Barenia name, its the same buttery-soft leather that Hermes uses on their leather goods. High-end stuff here folks.
The titainium case on the Jean Richard Aeroscope is a large and sporty cushion shape with a multi-piece construction. They have done a very nice job of blending modern styling elements into a design that works. At first glance, the Aeroscope's case reminds you of the Panerai Luminor but, it's hard angles and thinner profile give it a refined look. The multi-piece case construction is made up of brushed, polished and black DLC coated titainium, and a carbon composite insert around the chrono pushers and crown which give hints of Hublot's "fusion" concept. Jean Richard has incorporated all of these design ideas in a cohesive and attractive package that fully stands on it's own.
Inside the Aeroscope is a modified Sellita SW300 with quick-change date and a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module on top. This is a reliable third-party movement that should perform without many issues for years to come. The Aeroscope does have a solid titanium case back so, unfortunately, the movement is hidden from sight.
Overall Jean Richard has created a winner with the Aeroscope. It is available in a myriad of colors so you are sure to find one that fits your taste. Retail price for the Aeroscope is $4,800. Learn more at jeanrichard.com