On 2 November 2014, Nik Wallenda, the “King of the Highwire”, now 9-time World Record holder and JEANRICHARD ambassador, crossed the skyline of the windy city of Chicago for Discovery’s Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda. The Chicago riverfront was filled with over 65 000 excited spectators and press from all over the world, who followed Wallenda’s every step on the tightrope.
During the 8 minutes and 09 seconds adventure, Wallenda was accompanied by his newly revealed JEANRICHARD Terrascope special edition timepiece featuring a bezel that was inspired by the cross-section of his wire.
The walk took Nik Wallenda across the Chicago River on an inch (approx. 2.5cm/size of a US quarter coin) wide steel cable, starting at a height of 588 feet (about 180 meters) from the Marina City West tower, when he went upward at a 19-degree angle, rising 83 feet (about 25 meters) to the Leo Burnett Building and setting the first World Record for the steepest tightrope walk in 6 minutes and 52 seconds in winds that were gusting at up to 25mph (about 40 km/h).
Wallenda’s second part of the walk was from the Marina City west tower to the east one at a height of 543 feet (about 165 meters), while he was blindfolded. That set the second World Record for the highest blindfolded walk. It took Wallenda 1 minute and 17 seconds to cross these 94 feet (about 29 meters).
“The King of the Highwire” accomplished the entire walk in an impressive 8 minutes and 09 seconds, without being secured by a safety net or a harness.There is no doubt that this crossing will mark history, equally to Wallenda’s walk over the Grand Canyon last year, being his second one wearing a JEANRICHARD Terrascope timepiece on his wrist.
The design of the timepiece is integrally inspired by Nik Wallenda’s walks. The vertically satin-finished steel case features a bezel, whose main pattern reflects the cross section of the wire, while Nik Wallenda’s logo is illustrating the artist walking on the grey brushed dial. Inspired by Nik Wallenda’s true strength and will power, this Terrascope also features an engraved “Special Nik Wallenda Edition” case back, and offers a black rubber strap that goes hand in hand with the steel case and provides maximum comfort on the wrist.
Model: Terrascope “Special Nik Wallenda Edition”
Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case
Engraved bezel, pattern inspired by the cross section of the wire
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 12.60 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back, screwed-down, engraved with “Special Nik Wallenda Edition”
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 vertically satin-finished dial, Nik Wallenda logo transferred
Applied rhodium-coated indexes with additional luminescent dot
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material
Black rubber strap
Stainless steel folding buckle