F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel Automatic

The ninth creation of the Octa collection, the new F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel with instantaneous jump presents a distinctive aesthetic compared to all existing perpetual calendars in offering perfect readability through an uncluttered dial with large apertures: two for the day and month calendar, and a large date in two windows, a specificity of F.P. Journe watches. The instantaneous jump is reinforced by an ingenious F.P. Journe system designed to accumulate energy and release it instantaneously when the date, day or month changes; and then slow it down at the end of its route.

Unlike perpetual calendars that are often difficult to adjust, the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is very easy to use. All corrections are made using the three-position crown, except for the rapid correction of months, which is carried out by a protected and hidden corrector lever beneath the lug at 1 o’clock, thus facilitating the adjustment over four years without any specific tool. The months with 28, 29, 30 and 31 days are automatically taken into account and leap years recognised with years 1, 2 and 3 shown in black; 4 for the leap year shown in red in the centre of the dial under the hour and minute hands.

The automatic winding movement of the Quantième Perpétuel by F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit is manufactured in 18K rose Gold, like that of all the brand’s precision chronmometers. It is constructed on the basis of the exclusive Octa calibre 1300.3, with an identical calibre leaving room to insert all the complications of the Octa line. It also features the exclusive off-centre F.P. Journe rotor in 22K red gold that offers optimal winding of the watch for an effective power reserve with retrograde indication for over 120 effective hours. It winds the movement in only one direction with an autoblocant ball bearing system (self-blocking). Every infinitesimal movement of the wrist is thus maximally exploited for an optimised winding of the watch.

With a total and very limited production of nearly 900 pieces per year, the custom of F.P. Journe is to stop producing an existing calibre when creating a new model. Therefore, the Quantième Perpétuel replaces the Octa Calendrier with annual calendar, which will cease production in 2013 thus becoming a collector’s piece.

The Quantième Perpétuel is available in Platinum or in 18K red Gold, in 40 or 42 mm diameter. The red or white Gold dial is fixed by a steel circle with a silver chapter ring.

The Quantième Perpétuel is available in the eight F.P.Journe Boutiques: Paris, Geneva, New York, Miami, Boca Raton, Tokyo, Hong Kong  & Beijing.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic Calibre FPJ 1300-3 in 18K rose gold (4N)
Off-centre 22K gold guilloché winding rotor
Unidirectional automatic winding
Dimensions of the movement Overall diameter: 33.00 mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
Overall height: 5.20 mm
Height of winding stem: 1.80 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90mm

Balance
Linear escapement 15 tooth.
Chronometric balance with inertia weight.
Anachron free-sprung flat balance spring.
Mobile stud holder.
Free sprung.
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring.
Pinned GE stud.
Barrel with slipping spring.
Frequency : 21,600 v/h, 3 Hz
Inertia : 10.10 mg*cm2
Angle of lift : 52°
Amplitude : 0 hr dial up: > 300°
24 hr dial up: > 220°
Autonomy : 160 ± 12 hours

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Indication of leap year with centred small hand, 1, 2, 3, in black; 4 for the leap year in red.
Day and month at 12 o’clock in 2 apertures.
Large date at 6 o’clock in double aperture.
Power reserve at 9 o’clock.

Decoration
Circular graining on 18K Gold baseplate.
Circular Côtes de Genève on 18K Gold bridges.
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots.
Pegs with polished rounded ends.
Steel components hand polished and chamfered.

Main characteristics
Perpetual calendar with instantaneous jump.
Simultaneous correction of the date and day in one direction, rotation of the day only in the other direction in position 2 of the winding stem.
Discreet and secure corrector in the lug of the watchcase for correction of the month and leap year.

Dial
Red or white Gold.
Silver chapter ring.
Steel mounting fixing the centre of the dial.

Case
18K red Gold or Platinum.
Diameter 40 or 42 mm
Height 10.8 mm

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 340
Cased up with strap: 374
Jewels: 37

Winding speed
274 anti-clockwise rotations per 24 hours.

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