Swiss watch maker F.P. JOURNE unveils special edition Historic Anniversary Tourbillon timepiece to celebrate the 30 years of exceptional watch creations and to honour the first pocket watch with Tourbillon created by François-Paul Journe, in 1983.
To know about those exceptional 30 years of watchmaking legacy of the manufacture, we should look back to early 1980’s, when on the advice of his uncle Michel Journe, himself a watchmaker based in Paris, François-Paul enrolled in the Watchmaking School in Marseille. Michel Journe was one of only three specialists in the restoration of antique clocks and watches, often unique, from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His reputation stretched far beyond France. His clients consisted of museums and high-flying collectors.
After graduation, François-Paul joined his uncle’s company full time. Being in contact with the beautiful pieces being restored in the workshop, and in a very short time, he progressed in leaps and bounds. François-Paul understood that all these geniuses such as Ferdinand Berthoud, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Antide Janvier, George Daniels, and others, were driven by a constant quest for perfection.
To make a clock with complications is already a great technical feat. However, when François-Paul found the works of George Daniels, such as The Art of Breguet, on the shelves of the workshop, another world opened up to him. It is thanks to the wonderful drawings in these books that he understood how a movement works in three dimensions, its kinematics and all the various ins and outs. It did not take him long to realise that his deep desire was pushing him towards this crazy idea – to produce his own Tourbillon watch entirely by hand.
Today, to commemorate the 30tha nniversary of his first ‘ horology creation ’, François-Paul has decided to create a series of 99 copies greatly inspired by the 1983 Tourbillon, adding to it his experience, perspective and modern technical production capacities.
This wristwatch, re-interpretation of the original masterpiece presents the same materials used 30 years ago: a case in guilloche silver enhanced by 2 gold bezels in rose gold 4N.
The transparent sapphire back reveals the tourbillon movement of classic construction made in grained and gilded brass, identical to the original of 1983. Two parallel barrels distribute energy to a wheels train, arranged in the axis of the watch, which runs the Tourbillon revolving in 1 minute. The lateral pallet escapement, which is more compatible with a wristwatch, replaces the detent escapement of the original, and the winding and time setting with a key have now been replaced by the 3 o’clock crown.
Made today in the workshops of the Manufacture, the movement features high quality components, with nowadays elaborate polishing, beveling and finishings that weren’t possible at the time. It encompasses a sobriety and a nobility of first generation tourbillon movements made by the great Masters.
The movement is protected by a splendid case back cover in silver guilloche. The dial in grained silver is engraved with filled roman numerals and a steel hour circle, identical to the original tourbillon of 1983. The hours are indicated by blued steel Abraham-Louis Breguet hands, identical to those of the original pocket watch.
The limited edition of this Historical Anniversary Tourbillon will allow 99 privileged clients to be part of a chapter of the F.P. Journe’s extraordinary watch journey and thus possess a part of its history. It was presented as a Premiere on October 18 in Tokyo, also celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the first F.P. Journe Boutique.
This Anniversary commemoration is the opportunity for François-Paul Journe to present for the first time, his first pocket watch with tourbillon.
Manual winding / 29 turns of crown
Movement in brass, grained and golden 3N
Overall diameter: 32.60 mm
Cased-up diameter of movement: 32.00 mm
Overall height of movement: 5.95 mm
Height of winding stem: 2.50 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm
Escapement 15 teeth
90° Anchor fork
Balance with 4 inertia weights
Flat Anachron balance spring with Breguet overcoil
Fixed stud holder
Spring pinned to collet
Pinned GE stud
2 barrels in parallel
Frequency: 21’600 VPH, (3Hz)
Inertia: 11.00 mgcm
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up : > 280°
24h dial up: > 260°
Tourbillon chronometer, revolution in 60 seconds
2 positions winding crown
Display: Off centre hours and minutes at 12h; Small second at 6h
2 positions winding crown
Power reserve: Approximately 56 hours
Finishing: Engraved base plate, grained, golden 3N
Grained bridges, golden 3N
Screw heads polished and beveled, with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Case & dial
18K gold 4N and silver guilloche
Double back Sapphire crystal and cover in gold and silver guilloche
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.00 mm
Dial: Grained silver with numbers and hour circle engraved and filled
Hands: Blued steel Abraham-Louis Breguet hands
Number of parts
Movement without dial:178
Cased on leather strap