Jacques Philippe, one of the young brands of Switzerland, is under the spotlight with the Automatic Chronograph Ref. JPAGC021111 model.
It is an undeniable fact that the passion for watches is rapidly spreading in our country as well as all over the world. Although there are many ways to learn the time in daily life, millions of people continue to use wristwatches every day. For us, there is no criterion or level for being devoted to the watch hobby. As Horobox, our content mainly consists of publications and posts about traditional watchmaking and high-level names of this segment, but in fact, the backbone of the watch hobby, which ensures that the passion for mechanical watches is perhaps still alive in the current technology age and plays a major role in the spread of this enjoyable hobby to the public. We never ignore entry-level brands and models.
The guest of our review corner today is exactly in this segment: Jacques Philippe Automatic Chronograph Ref. JPAGC021111. Let's give a little information about the brand before we move on to the model: Jacques Philippe is a young Swiss brand. It is a name that quickly consolidates its position in the market, mainly with its models with modern designs, quartz movements, and especially those that offer a very successful price/performance ratio in its segment. The brand, which carries out an enterprising advertising campaign in print and visual media as well as in outdoor media, is represented by Saat & Saat, which is considered one of the milestones of the watch industry in our country. Continuing its activities in the watch industry since 1971, Saat & Saat is well-known in our country for its successful projects in the retail and dealer network, as well as the important brands it represents and being one of the leading names of the industry in e-commerce.
The model we chose for review, the Jacques Philippe Automatic Chronograph Ref. JPAGC021111, is among the flagship models of the brand. Let's take a closer look at the stylish model, which underlines that Jacques Philippe is not only design-oriented but also a player in mechanical watchmaking.
Jacques Philippe Automatic Chronograph Ref. The JPAGC021111 comes with a 44mm diameter case made of stainless steel. Standing out with its classic lines in addition to its bold size, the case presents modern and traditional elements with a nice balance of design. The case, which consists entirely of glossy surfaces, promises a comfortable use on the wrist despite its size. Among the details behind this comfort, the angled lug design and lines free from hard facets come to the fore.
The front of the case features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The crystal, which adapts perfectly to the smooth lines of the case with its curved structure, continues to present the beauty of the dial to its users under all kinds of light, especially by preventing possible reflections from the curve thanks to its anti-reflective coating. On the back of the case, there is also a crystal display case back. The cover features information about the model and is fixed to the case with six miniature screws. The elegant crown embroidered with the JP logo is accompanied by piston-style pushers, which we also remember from classic chronographs. The lug width of the case is 22mm. The waterproof value of the case is stated as 50 meters / 5 bars. Let's underline that it is a reasonable value for a mechanical chronograph with a leather strap and a classic aspect.
The model hosts a black dial. The background features a centric pattern. This motif applied around the chronograph sub-dials adds a balanced movement to the dial. The sunray surface pattern used on the chronograph sub-dials provides enough contrast for the counters to be easily noticed. Hours and minutes are shown as round dots on the chapter ring on the outer edge of the dial. The use of the hour markers on the ring as a tad larger than the minute markers and being small metal balls, emphasizes the importance the brand shows to small details. The chronograph counters placed in the 12-6-9 formation are accompanied by a day and date window positioned at 3 o'clock. Day and date discs with black fonts on a white background can be easily read in almost any environment with their contrasting color palette.
Time is read through Dauphine-style hands. The rhodium-plated hands are accompanied by hour markers made of the same material and extending towards the center. With the help of an anti-reflective coated crystal, time can be tracked effortlessly.
The Jacques Philippe Automatic Chronograph Ref. JPAGC021111 is powered by an automatic chronograph caliber. The ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, preferred to bring the model to life, is considered one of the most successful automatic chronograph calibers in the watchmaking industry. The caliber, designed and produced as a non-modular automatic chronograph, continues to be the choice of many brands from different segments with its fast production time, durability that redefines the industry standards, and superior timekeeping capability.
The movement, which works with a 4Hz (28.800vph) balance oscillation, includes chronograph, day, and date features as well as the time display function. The movement, powered by the Jacques Philippe signed, gold-plated, and perforated stylish rotor, offers a power reserve time of up to 48 hours when fully wound.
The stylish model is fastened to the wrist with a black crocodile-look calfskin strap and a Jacques Philippe-signed folding clasp. The leather strap with padded parts close to the case is perfectly compatible with the overall design of the model, both in quality and comfort. While the folding clip contributes to the prestigious presence of the model, it allows the elegant strap to be used for a long time without wearing out.
Jacques Philippe Automatic Chronograph Ref. JPAGC021111 draws a very successful profile with its versatile design, the comfort it offers despite its relatively large size, the ETA Valjoux 7750 caliber it includes despite the price segment it is in, and the attention it gives to fine details.