In 2009, F.P.Journe opened their first Boutique in the United States in New York. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, F.P.Journe is following the pattern set by the Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva, and Paris Boutiques by releasing a special Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire. Limited to just 10 pieces, this numbered edition is engraved “New York” on the titanium case-back and available exclusively at the New York Boutique.
The Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire is the only watch in the F.P.Journe’s Classique collection to use a polished Titanium case. The 40mm case is accented by a crown, patented chronograph rocker switch and deployant buckle in 18K 6N Gold. Further distinguishing the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire from the now discontinued Centigraphe Souverain is the dial, now in Ruthenium with Gold printing and sapphire subdials with open centers, exposing the solid 18K rose Gold movement.
The Centigraphe Souverain, winner of the 2008 “Aiguille d’Or” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva, measures the passage of time from 10 minutes down to 1/100 of a second. The left subdial makes one revolution per second, the right 20 seconds, and the bottom 10 minutes – each designed to measure the passage of 1 kilometer from a rocket ship, a racing car, down to walking pace.
The first of two patents unique to the Centigraphe is for the rocker switch located at 2 o’clock to start, stop and reset the chronograph, designed so the user can engage all the functions of the chronograph in one position. The second is the ingenious mechanism that isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function of the watch, allowing the balance to maintain its amplitude unaffected when the chronograph is engaged.
The Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire contributes to the medical research of the ICM. In purchasing the Centigraphe, you are also supporting the medical research carried out by the ICM – Institute of Brain and Spinal cord in Paris – to help find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. Along with Professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Réno, Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher, amongst others, François-Paul Journe has committed to donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the ICM.
The next Boutiques celebrating their Anniversaries will be Miami in 2022, Los Angeles in 2023, Beirut in 2024 and Kiev in 2027.
Model: Centigraphe Boutiques Anniversary
Movement in 18K rose gold
Dimensions of the Movement
Overall diameter: 34.40 mm
Casing-up diameter: 34.00 mm
Overall height: 5.60 mm
Height of hands: 1.45 mm
Four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron balance spring
Mobile stud holders
Pinned GE stud
Spring pinned to the collet
Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
In-line lever escapement – 15-tooth escape wheel
Central hours and minutes
One-second chronograph: register at 10 o’clock
20-seconds chronograph: register at 2 o’clock
10-minutes chronograph: register at 6 o’clock
Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout – Patented chronograph with the 100th of a second
Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running
Circular stripes on the bridges
Circular graining on the baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Straight-grained steel work
Titanium grade 5, polished
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Total height: 10.70 mm
Numbered 1 to 10, followed by New York, Boutique celebrating its 10th Anniversary
18K red Gold
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
18K red Gold
Three-position winding crown
Position 0, disengaged – Position 1, winding – Position 2, time-setting
Ruthenium with sapphire registers and polished steel circle
Burgundy alligator with 18K red Gold clasp
Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 284
Cased up with strap: 324