One for the Charity buff – JeanRichard Highlands Big Life
Written By: D Constant for The Watch Review Site
The JeanRichard Highlands Big Life Limited Edition Watch inconjunction with Nick Brandt
JeanRichard have today highlighted the release of the Highlands Big Life by means of a Press Release, so we have taken this opportunity to look at this limited edition timepiece in more detail here at The Watch Review Site.
Inspired by the Original JeanRichards Highlands Watch manufactured in the 1990’s inconjunction with then photograph Peter Beard, JeanRichard have take the same route in a collaboration with a new Photographer (Nick Brandt) to revive the Highlands Collection with a new distinct Charity Limited edition Watch The Highlands Big Life, to be manufactured in a limited edition of 100 pieces worldwide. The name highlights the Charity in question The ‘Big Life Foundation’ as founded by Nick Brandt in 2010 for the preservation of the animals he shoots so elegantly (pardon the pun), well he shoots with a camera.
The JeanRichard Highlands Big Life is designed with safari and photography in mind and has been manufactured strict guidelines and testing so as to withstand the vigours of outdoor usage in harsh environments. Firstly the Highlands Big Life comes in a Black PVD coated case with a green outer bezel, The Dial of the watch is Matt Black and this non reflective dial and case make it ideal for Safari Photography.
Add to this the various test undertaken to ensure the JeanRichard Highlands Big Life is suitable for cause where done so in a climate chamber to test the watches resistance to harsh weather conditions, this led to the Highlands Big Life being exposed for several days to temperatures as low as -50 degrees to over 200 degrees and humidity levels from 0% all the way to 100%, then came the numerous impact tests also to test impact resistance. Then you have a watch for the Outdoor enthusiast.
The Highlands Big Life’s case is a robust sand blasted steel, PVD coated 44.5mm wide case, the green bezel rotates and allows a second time zone to be indicated, The non reflective matt black dial features the ‘Big Life’ signature in Red, highlighting the intention of this timepiece. The Highland Big Life’s dial also has large Arabic hour numerals hands and also black hands, both of which are coated with ivory luminescent material making the watch very easily read.
The JeanRichard Highlands Big Life comes with a black fabric strap mounted on steel, and with a PVD coated folding buckle.
To top it all off the internals of the JeanRichard Highlands Big Life is adourned with a JR1000 self winding movement, comprising of 27 jewels and has a minimum of 48 hours power reserve when fully wound.
Now, I here you ask where does the Nick Brandt influence come from, well we saved the best til last, it comes from the back of the JeanRichard Highlands Big Life, On the Saphire Crystal Exhibition Case Back of the watch JeanRichards have placed a transfer reproduction of one of Brandt’s most famous photography pieces (which is also symbolises the logo of The Big Life Foundation) of an Elephant, and through this you can see the JR1000 movement at work.
Now for a bit about Nick Brandt and the Big Life Foundation followed by technical details for the JeanRichard Highlands Big Life.
Elephant with Exploding Dust Photo by: Nick Brandt – copyright protected
Nick Brandt is a British Wildlife Photographer whom specialises in the intimate portraits of African savannah animals, no telephoto lenses here, just plain close getting to grips with nature at its best. JeanRichard go on to say this about Nick
His approach is a far cry from the animal shots seen in traditional colour documentary photography. Nick Brandt does not use a telephoto lens, which means all his animal portraits are taken at close quarters, enabling him to capture the true character of the subject. His spectacular panoramic shots document animals in their natural surroundings, and are reminiscent of the studio portraits of the early 20th century.
To see more of Nick Brandt’s work you can visit his website http://www.nickbrandt.com/. please note all animal photography on this post is courtesy of JeanRichard and Nick Brandt and is copyrighted to Nick Brandt.
Lion before Storm II Photo by: Nick Brandt – copyright protected
The Big Life Foundation was created in 2010 by Nick Brandt in response to the dramatic rise in poaching across Africa, it is a charitable non profit foundation which has been set up to preserve the fauna and ecosystem of Africa
Founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt in urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa, Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems.
With one of the most spectacular elephant populations in Africa being rapidly diminished by poachers and increasing human/wildlife conflict, the maintenance of the Amboseli ecosystem that straddles Kenya and Tanzania is the Foundation’s large-scale pilot project.
With highly-regarded conservationist Richard Bonham at the helm, multiple fully-equipped teams of rangers have been placed in newly-built outposts in the critical areas throughout the 2 million acre region on both sides of the Kenya / Tanzania border. As of August 2011, Big Life has hired 120+ rangers, built or expanded 14 outposts, and purchased 13 vehicles, with latest technology night-vision equipment, tracker dogs, aerial monitoring and a critically important large network of informers.
For more on the Big Life Foundation you can visit their website www.biglifeafrica.org
Technical Details – JeanRichard Highlands Big Life Limited Edition
Sand-blasted stainless steel case with black PVD coating
Dimensions: 44.50 x 40 mm
Height: 11.96 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back crystal with Big Life Foundation logo, Case-back secured with 4 screws
Water-resistant to 100 m
Bidirectional rotating bezel
Manufactured movement JR1000, Self-winding
Caliber: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date
Matt black dial, Luminescent Arabic numerals and indexes, Luminescent hands
Black fabric strap, Sand-blasted stainless steel folding buckle with black PVD coating
limited edition of 100 pieces