The Swiss watchmaker will partner with the legendary Swiss alpine team competition Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) in Spring 2014. The PDG is the worldwide biggest ski race through mountains/ski alpinism race and takes place every two years – starting in Zermatt and leading through Arolla to Verbier in Switzerland. This mountaineering ski race dates back to the 1940s and challenges participants to verify their physical preparedness and technical proficiency in tough high-altitude terrain.
Official watchmaker and timekeeper of the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers, JEANRICHARD, is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Alpine Skiing competition by launching a limited edition of 100 Terrascope watches.
In order to accompany the extreme adventurers on the “high road” leading from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, the iconic JEANRICHARD model features an exclusive light grey dial with engraved altitude curves, a reminder of the heights scaled during the race, as well as a comfortable sturdy bracelet in dark grey rubber. The steel case, housing a self-winding mechanical movement, blends an extraordinary robustness with a magnificently distinctive design, adorned with alternating “vertical satin” and polished finishes.
The engraved caseback bears the legend “Patrouille des Glaciers 30ème anniversaire 1984-2014” and the individual series number.
Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case
Dimensions: 44 mm
Height: 12.60 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back screw-down, engraved
Water-resistant to 100 m
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours
Hour, minute, second, date
Grey engraved dial
Applied rhodium-coated indexes withadditional luminescent dot
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material
Grey Rubber strap
Stainless steel folding buckle
Limited and numbered edition: 100 pieces
Available from December 15, 2013
About Patrouille des Glaciers
Patrouille des Glaciers is an exceptional race from either Zermatt to Verbier or from Arolla to Verbier. This unique event is characterized by its length, high average altitude, as well as by the profile of the route. The participants not only require a real mountaineering experience but also need to master extreme weather, mental and physical conditions.
Teams consist of three competitors. The minimum age is 20 years for competitors of Course A and 18 years for participants of Course B. In recent years, the number of participants under 30 years has exceeded 45%. In 1984, turnout averaged just 5%. This proves that ski mountaineering is a dynamic booming sport among young people. This legendary event attracts around 1 400 patrols throughout the world. The Patrouille des Glaciers, which takes place every 2 years, involves 4500 participants from around the world working in teams of three. The event next takes place in 2014 in late April/early May.