F.P. JOURNE “ÉLÉGANTE” – The First Ladies Watch Collection by F. P. Journe Manufacture

Always ahead of his time, conciliating tradition, innovation and modern technology, F.P. Journehas developed a revolutionary horological concept for his first ladies collection. It was designed and conceived exclusively for women, with extremely precise technical specifications to offer this watch autonomy of 8 to 10 years when worn and up to 18 years in standby mode.

It took 8 years of research for F.P. Journe to develop this innovative movement that combines the comfort of use and the performances of an electro-mechanical watch with feminity, elegance, and precision. The “élégante” measures time impeccably, allowing it to be stopped and started again. This is the dream of all women and of all watchmakers as well.

All the mechanical elements of the “élégante” movement are manufactured by F.P. Journe, based on the brand’s own criteria of excellence in state-of-the-art haute horology. The electronic components were developed by a Swiss engineer and were made in Switzerland according to exclusive and exacting standards, with a microprocessor specifically created for the watch. The concept of this electro-mechanical watch features a mechanical motion detector visible on the dial at 5 o’clock.

When the watch is motionless, it stops after about 30 minutes. In standby mode, the microprocessor continues to keep time, while the mechanical parts – gears, rotors and hands – stop moving in order to save energy. When the “élégante” is again worn, it automatically sets itself to the current time, taking the shortest path – either clockwise or counter clockwise.

The novel luminescent dial of the “élégante” in its Titanium version recalls the shimmering surface of white mother-of-pearl. It offers maximum legibility in the dark, and at night the hands count off the hours, as in a shadow theatre. As a finishing touch to his first ladies collection, F.P. Journehas chosen a flat Tortue case, whose design is trademarked ®.

The case of the “élégante” is available in Titanium, with 6 coloured rubber partitions and a matching rubber strap: white, rose, light blue, midnight blue, chocolate, and khaki green. Its ergonomic shape perfectly embraces the wrist. The 18 ct. red gold version comes with a chocolate strap; the Platinum PT 950 version with a dark blue strap. A jewellery version of the “élégante” is available, with a diamond-set bezel and a dial that can be set with precious stones upon request.

If electronics had existed in the 18th century, they would have been used by master horologists for marine chronometry, to achieve maximum precision during ocean navigation, while offering a sophisticated construction and luxurious design. F.P. Journe produces haute horology movements; each watch is fitted with a sapphire back that reveals its magnificent movement. Faithful to the specifications of its haute horology production, F.P. Journe reserves a special treatment for the “élégante”s movement, with an outstanding decor that may be admired through the sapphire case back.

The exceptional horological savoir-faire that characterises all F.P. Journe watches, and his exclusive mode of assembly, are both present in the “élégante”. The basic conception of the electronic components is very important, which is why F.P. Journe made it a point to develop an efficient movement that consumes less energy – with its inherent ecological benefits. The integrated circuit of the “élégante” – in a sense the watch’s brain – incorporates high-performance electronic components. 10 years of use if worn, and up to 18 years in standby mode. In an ultimate feminine touch, a heart adorns the back of the movement, showing the location of the microprocessor that symbolises the heart of the watch.

The flat Tortue case and rubber bracelet fit all wrists with sensuality and perfect ergonomic design. For the dial, true to his philosophy, F.P. Journe emphasizes legibility. Based on the principle of cloisonné enamel, the case of the “élégante” is decorated with rubber partitions.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 1210
Electro-mechanical
Patented two-rotor motor
Dedicated processor, specific functions and low consumption
Quartz frequency: 32000 Hz

Movement dimensions
Overall dimensions: 28.5 x 28.3 mm
Casing-up: 27.9 x 27.7 mm
Overall Height: 3.13 mm
Height of winding stem: 1.10 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S 0.90 mm

Particularities

Standby after 30 to 40 minutes motionless
Restart and automatic time setting when the watch is put back on
Motion detection oscillating weight visible on the dial
2 position hand setting stem

Main characteristics
Time adjustment in position 2 of the hand-setting stem
Stop second in time setting position (crown pulled)

Autonomy
Daily use: 8 to 10 years
Standby: 18 years

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Small second at 6h00

Case
Dimensions: Flat Tortue 34.0 x 35.0 mm
Total thickness: 7.35 mm

Finish
Golden movement 4N
Engraved and decorated Battery Bridge
Cotes de Genève
Screw heads polished and bevelled
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Casing
Platinum Version
Platinum PT 950 / diamond set option: 54 VVS diamonds for 0.62 carat
Blued hands
Inner dial engraved sapphire / diamond set option: 381 VVS diamonds for 0.60 carat
Outer dial with screwed indices

Red Gold 5N Version
Red gold 5N / diamond set option: 38 VVS diamonds for 0.50 carat
Gilded 5N hands
Inner dial engraved sapphire / diamond set option: 381 VVS diamonds for 0.60 carat
Outer dial with screwed indices

Titanium Version
Titanium, rubber overmolded case: 38 VVS diamonds for 0.50 carat
Blued hands
Inner dial in Superluminova
Outer dial with screwed indices

Strap
Rubber, 6 colours for Titanium case, white, rose, midnight blue, chocolate, light blue or khaki green
Rubber chocolate for the Red Gold case
Rubber Midnight blue for the Platinum case

Number of components
Number of jewels: 18
Movement: 129
Including case and strap: 162

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