F.P.Journe – The Automatique

F.P.Journe presents the Automatique, a new watch series that combines the elegance of pure lines with the performance of the Octa 1300.3 automatic caliber.

For the 20th anniversary of the Octa caliber in 2021, F.P.Journe presented the Automatique Limited Series with a rhodium-plated Brass movement and a satin finished dial in yellow Gold.

F.P.Journe Automatique watch with gold case and alligator strap

Released in April 2022, the Automatique watch comes in a 40 or 42 mm case in Platinum or 18K 6N Gold.

On the white Gold or 5N Gold dial, an instantaneous large date offers optimal legibility thanks to a 4.7 x 2.6 mm window. On the right, the hours, minutes and seconds are displayed on an off-center subdial in whitened silver guilloche.

F.P.Journe Automatique watch with gold case and bracelet

The knurled crown, that has been enlarged to perfect the balance of the case, allows the Automatic settings. These elements, along with the stretched teardrop-shaped blued steel hands and the polished steel circle screwed to the dial, are the iconic features that make F.P.Journe watches so unique.

The uncluttered design of an F.P.Journe timepiece always reflects the highest level of mechanical innovation. The Octa 1300.3 automatic caliber in 18K rose Gold offers an exceptional power reserve of 160 hours.

F.P.Journe Automatique watch with platinum case and alligator strap

The unidirectional winding of the exclusive off-center F.P.Journe rotor in 22K 5N Gold is possible thanks to a self-locking ball bearing system. Thus, each slightest movement of the wrist is exploited to ensure an optimized winding of the watch.

A large sapphire glass caseback emphasizes the subtlety of the finishings, as well as the gearing system visible through the open-worked bridges.

F.P.Journe Automatique watch with platinum case and bracelet

The F.P.Journe Automatique watch is available with an alligator leather strap or a matching bracelet in gold or platinum.

Technical details

Movement

Caliber
Calibre 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold
Rotor in 22K 5N Gold, off centre and guilloche
Mechanism with unidirectional automatic winding

Main Characteristics
Mono directional automatic winding
Instantaneous date change
Three position crown
Correction of the date, position 2, anti-clock wise
Correction of the time, position 3

Autonomy
160 +/- 12 hours
Winding speed: 274 rotations / 24 hours

Finishing
High grade
Circular stripes on the bridges
Baseplate partly circular grained
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Steelwork with polished chamfers

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 260
Cased up on leather strap: 301
Jewels: 37

Dimensions of the movement
Overall diameter: 34.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
Overall height: 5.90 mm
Height of winding system: 3 .10 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
Balance with four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron flat balance spring
Mobile stud holder
Free-sprung
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
Pinned GE stud
Slipping mainspring
Frequency: 21,600 v/h, (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mgcm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12 h dial up: > 280°
90 h dial up: > 220°

Escapement
Linear lever escapement 15 teeth

Indications
Off centre hours, minutes and small second
Large date
Power reserve

Exterior

Case
Platinum PT 950 or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 40 or 42 mm
Total height: 10.70 mm

Dial
White Gold or 5N Gold and whitened guilloché Silver
Steel circle fixing the hour dial

F.P.Journe Vagabondage I Gold Limited Edition

F.P.Journe presents Vagabondage I Gold, the final chapter of a trilogy started 18 years ago. Featuring a flat Tortue® shaped case in 18K 6N gold and equipped with a hand-wound movement, this timepiece is limited to 68 pieces.

F.P.Journe Vagabondage I Gold Limited Edition

In 1997, François-Paul Journe created for a friend a model equipped with a unique automatic movement housed in a round yellow Gold case, named CARPEDIEM. This piece features a dial with a wandering jump hour display around a central exposed balance wheel.

Later, François-Paul Journe developed a wandering hours wristwatch with a hand-wound movement, almost mimicking the dial of the CARPEDIEM, though redesigned to fit into a Flat Tortue® case. However, busy with other projects, he decided to leave this model at the prototype stage.

F.P.Journe CARPEDIEM
F.P.Journe CARPEDIEM

In 2003, François-Paul Journe was contacted by Antiquorum, which was organizing a charity sale for its 30th anniversary for the benefit of the ICM Foundation. They were looking for a «unique piece», within a limited timeframe of six months. Seeing it impossible to come up with something new in such a short time, he decided to rework the Vagabondage prototype. In the end, it is not just one, but three unique «Vagabondage» pieces that were presented: one with a rose Gold case, one in yellow Gold, and one in white Gold, all with Brass movements.

For aesthetic reasons, the brand name is completely absent from the dial. The auction having been a real success, François-Paul Journe received many requests to include the model in his production, and to make it available to a wider public of collectors; which he agreed to do, but in very limited production, given the aesthetic dissimilarity with his other creations at the time.

In 2004, François-Paul Journe released Vagabondage I edited in a limited production of 69 Platinum cases with hand-wound rose Gold movement (Calibre 1504). It features digital jumping hours in a wandering aperture which position indicates the minutes. Just as the trilogy offered at auction in 2003, the dial is free of any inscriptions.

In 2010, François-Paul Journe introduced the Vagabondage II in a Flat Tortue® case in Platinum, but with a digital hours and digital minutes time display. Equipped with the Calibre 1509, it was limited to 68 pieces in 6N Gold and 69 in Platinum. To the series collectors, he offered each owner of a Vagabondage I the opportunity to acquire the same serial number for the Vagabondage II.

In 2017, the Vagabondage III was launched. It features a digital hours and digital seconds display. The Vagabondage III was limited to 68 pieces in 6N gold, in addition to 69 in Platinum. Once again, François-Paul Journe offered the first allocations to the owners of the Vagabondage II bearing the same number.

To complete the Gold trilogy, F.P.Journe presents Vagabondage I Gold, which is however not an exact copy of the Vagabondage I Platinum introduced in 2004.

F.P.Journe Vagabondage I Gold Limited Edition

Pointing to a gap of nearly 18 years, the Vagabondage I Gold features an updated movement, reference 1504.2, still manually wound, and a 45.2 x 37.5 mm case.

F.P.Journe Vagabondage I Gold Limited Edition

As with the previous Vagabondages, this model will be on application, with priority given to collectors with matching serial numbers of the Vagabondages II and III in Gold.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre 1504.2 in 18K rose Gold
Manual winding which position indicates the minutes
21 jewels
Power reserve: 50 ± 2 hours
Indication of hours in a mobile aperture

Dimensions of the movement
Overall dimensions: 29.30 x 28.20 mm
Casing-up dimensions: 27.30 x 27.30 mm
Overall height: 5.00 mm
Height of winding system: 2.50 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mm

Decoration
High grade
Partly circular-grained base plate
Straight Geneva waves on the bridges
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Balance with 14 inertia weights
Pegs with polished rounded end

Balance
Flat Anachron microflamed spring
Steel components polished and bevelled
Mobile stud holder
Nivatronic laser-welded to the collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 Alt/h, 3 Hz
Amplitude: 12h dial up > 300° ; 12h vertical > 270°

Principal characteristics
Straight line lever escapement 15 teeth
Two-position crown
Two barrels in parallel

Case
Flat Tortue® shape
Dimensions: 45.20 x 37.50 mm
Height: 7.60 mm

Dial
Slate grey, sapphire disc with aperture
Outer dial screwed Steel elements

Number of components
Movement: 168
Cased on leather strap: 189

Limited series
68 pieces in 18K 6N Gold

F.P.Journe Only Watch, Unique piece based on an original idea from Francis Ford Coppola

To support the Only Watch 2021 chairty event, independent Swiss watchmaker F.P.Journe presents a unique piece based on a unique suggestion by Francis Ford Coppola, the celebrated American film director, producer, and screenwriter. The challenge was to create a wristwatch incorporating an automation that mimics the human hand for displaying the 12 hours with 5 fingers.

F.P.Journe Only Watch, Unique piece based on an original idea from Francis Ford Coppola

This idea dates back to 2012, and after several years of research and development, F.P.Journe has developed a prototype of this concept. The watchmaker has chosen the automatic Octa Calibre for creating this innovative wristwatch.

The year 2021 also marks the 20 years of the automatic Octa Calibre 1300. An automaton, working solely off the Octa movement’s mainspring, was no easy task.

F.P.Journe Only Watch, Unique piece based on an original idea from Francis Ford Coppola

The minutes are read by rotating disk at the 12 o’clock position, while the mobile fingers appear or disappear instantaneously to display the hour according to their positions. The fingers are inspired from a mechanical hand created by Ambroise Paré (1509-1590), the father of modern surgery.

F.P.Journe Only Watch, Unique piece based on an original idea from Francis Ford Coppola

The FFC prototype features a unique Tantalum case and blue hand, just like other F.P.Journe Only Watch timepieces in years past.

Technical details

Model: FFC Blue, Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021
Reference: FFC

Case
Tantalum, unique case exclusively developed for Only Watch.

Dial
Instantaneous digital hours indicated by an automaton blue hand, unique piece exclusively developed for Only Watch
Rotating minutes

Movement
Calibre Automatic FFC 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold
Unidirectional oscillating weight in 22K 5N Gold, engraved Ambroise Paré (1509-1590) & F.F.Coppola
Bracelet: Orange alligator strap.
Dimensions: Diameter: 42 mm / Thickness: 10.70 mm.
Number of components: Movement: 396
Functions & Complications: 2

Estimate
CHF 300,000 – 400,000

Mario Scarpatetti wins F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2021

Mario Scarpatetti, a graduate from the Zeit Zentrum Grenchen, has won the F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2021 for his innovative secular calendar mechanism based on his patented invention.

Since 2015, the Young Talent Competition allows discovering the next generation of most talented young watchmaking apprentices in the world, supports them in their route to independence by identifying their achievements and putting them under the spotlight. F.P.Journe organizes the Young Talent Competition with the support of The Hour Glass, luxury watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region. Both Maisons aim to perpetuate and support the art of haute horology and cultivate the appreciation of extensive horological craftsmanship.

François-Paul Journe awarding Mario Scarpatetti
François-Paul Journe awarding Mario Scarpatetti

The selection criteria are based on technical achievement, the search for complexity in their realization, the quality of craftsmanship as well as their sense of design and aesthetics. Applicants must have independently designed and created a timepiece and/or technical construction. The 2021 Young Talent Competition winner receives a diploma and a CHF 20,000.- grant from The Hour Glass and F.P.Journe, which will allow him to purchase watchmaking tools or finance an horological project.

The jury of the Young Talent Competition 2021 is composed of key personalities from the international horological scene: Philippe Dufour, Andreas Strehler, Giulio Papi, Marc Jenni, Michael Tay, Elizabeth Doerr and François-Paul Journe.

Secular Perpetual Calendar Clock by Mario Scarpatetti
Secular Perpetual Calendar Clock by Mario Scarpatetti

The secular perpetual calendar clock by Mario Scarpatetti features an additional wheel that turns once every 400 years. This perpetual calendar automatically corrects even the uneven secular years. During the production, Mario applied for a patent for this invention by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property relating to a 400-year wheel and its indexing. In 2018, he received the patent N° CH 00400/18.

Secular Perpetual Calendar Clock by Mario Scarpatetti

All parts of the movement, with the exception of four ball-bearings (Kugellager), were traditionally handmade. Most of the parts were made from brass and steel sheets, as well as brass and steel round bars. All movement parts were made without NC and CNC-controlled machines. The movement can be dismantled into 478 individual parts. It consists of a total of 570 components.

All components, such as the rocker switch (Schaltwippe), are exactly the same as in a known perpetual calendar with a 4-year wheel. The 4-year wheel is the first on this calendar that looks different. All 4 deepenings for February have the same depth.

Secular Perpetual Calendar Clock by Mario Scarpatetti

The 4-year wheel therefore does not decide whether February has 28 or 29 days. A shift finger (Schaltfinger) is pressed into the front of the 4-year wheel. This finger thus makes one turn every 4 years and switches the 400-year wheel further. The whole thing also works with two shift fingers.

The 400-year wheel had to be manufactured slightly differently. The wheel is switched twice every 4 years, but not regularly every two years. The placement takes place a few months before a leap year (e.g. between April 2019 and January 2020). The next placement takes place after February of a leap year (e.g. between April 2020 and January 2021).

Secular Perpetual Calendar Clock by Mario Scarpatetti

The 400-year wheel then remains in the same position for about 3 years. Only then does the next switching take place (in our example between April 2023 and January 2024). The switching is very energy-saving over several months. The shift finger grips in the outer gearing of the 400-year wheel (a fine gearing with 200-teeth). A pawl also grips in the same gearing for positioning.

The inner scope of the wheel has 97 elevations. The nose of the rocker switch of the perpetual calendar feels the 400-year wheel every February. If the nose falls into a gap, the clock switches from February 28th to March 1st. If the nose rests on one of the 97 elevations, the mechanics switches from February 28th to February 29th and then to March 1st the following night.

It gets interesting now at a century or a millennium. In the case of the gear wheel, there is a very large gap at the point where a step would be for three consecutive centuries. At this point, instead of two gaps, the gear wheel has only one gap in the width of three divisions next to a step. Only in the fourth century is there an elevation where the nose feels the century. Namely for those centuries which are a leap year. That is why the 400-year wheel has 97 and not 100 steps inside.

The Gregorian calendar is based on a cycle of 400 years, after one turn of the wheel the game starts all over again, just like with the Gregorian calendar. The owner of the clock never needs to adjust the date.

Measurement

  • Mechanism: Height: 48 cm – Width: 48 cm Total clock height: 203 cm Total clock weight: 50 kg.
  • Movement: Height 42 cm Dial: Height 41 cm Weight: 21 kg, Sassalbo stone from Poschiavo.

Indications

Months – moon phases – years / hours – minutes – seconds – equation of time / date – day.

F.P.Journe OCTA 20th Anniversary Limited Series

In 2001, François-Paul Journe launched a collection of watches equipped with the automatic caliber called Octa.

The presentation of the Octa automatic movement has marked a turning point and proved that the watchmaking revolution of the 21st century was underway. Efficient in all respects, it has undergone only three evolutions during its 20 years of operation. The most recent one concerns the winding automation system. It has moved from bi-directional to unidirectional winding, which is more efficient to guarantee the rapid tensioning of the long spring of the barrel.

F.P.Journe OCTA 20th Anniversary Limited Series

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, F.P.Journe presents the Automatique in a limited series of 99 pieces, with, for those nostalgic of the early years, a case in Platinum of 40 mm powered with the calibre 1300.3 in rhodium-plated Brass, and a satin-finished dial in yellow Gold, similar to those produced in 2001 when François-Paul finished them by hand.

F.P.Journe OCTA 20th Anniversary Limited Series

The power reserve indicator has been moved down slightly to leave more space for the enlarged date, displayed in a window now measuring 4.7 x 2.6 mm for easier legibility. The numerals of the hour and minute dial have also been enlarged. Only one slight aesthetical modification has been made to the movement, now decorated with openwork bridges; this will be a feature as of 2021 on all 1300.3 calibres.

F.P.Journe OCTA 20th Anniversary Limited Series

This Limited Series will be available at the 10 F.P.Journe Boutiques and Espaces. The Automatique will later join the current collection with a 40 or 42 mm case in Platinum or 18K 6N Gold, and a dial in Gold and guilloché Silver.

Technical details

Movement
F.P.Journe automatic calibre 1300.3 in rhodied Brass
Rotor in 22K 5N Gold, off centre and guilloché
Monodirectional winding

Dimensions of the movement
Overall diameter: 34.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
Overall height: 5.95 mm
Height of winding system: 3.10 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
Balance with four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron flat balance spring
Mobile stud holder
Free-sprung
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
Pinned GE stud
Slipping mainspring
Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12 h dial up: >280°; 90 h dial up: >220°

Main Characteristics
Mono directional automatic winding
Instantaneous date change

Three position crown
– Correction of the date, position 2, anti-clock wise,
– Correction of the time, position 3

Escapement
Linear lever escapement 15 teeth

Indications
Off centre hours – minutes – small second
Large date in aperture in 2 windows at 11h30
Power reserve at 8h30

Autonomy
160 +/-12 hours
Winding speed: 274 rotations / 24 hours

Finishing
Graining on base plate
Circular Côtes de Genève on bridges
Rhodied base plate and bridges
Golden engravings
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Steel components hand polished and chamfered

Case
Platinum PT 950
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.07 mm

Dial
Yellow Gold and Silver
Steel circle fixing the hour dial

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 260
Cased up on leather strap: 301
Jewels: 37

Norifumi Seki wins F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2020

Norifumi Seki, a Graduate from Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo, has won the F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2020 for his Spherical moon and drum calendar pocket watch.

Norifumi Seki wins F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2020
Norifumi Seki, the winner of F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2020

Since 2015, the Young Talent Competition allows discovering the next generation of most talented young watchmaking apprentices in the world, supports them in their route to independence by identifying their achievements and putting them under the spotlight.

F.P.Journe organizes the Young Talent Competition with the support of The Hour Glass, luxury watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region. Both Maisons aim to perpetuate and support the art of haute horology and cultivate the appreciation of extensive horological craftsmanship.

The selection criteria are based on technical achievement, the search for complexity in their realization, the quality of craftsmanship as well as their sense of design and aesthetics. Applicants must have independently designed and created a timepiece and/or technical construction. The 2020 Young Talent Competition winner receives a diploma and a CHF 20,000.- grant from The Hour Glass and F.P.Journe, which will allow him to purchase watchmaking tools or finance an horological project.

The jury of the Young Talent Competition 2020 is composed of key personalities from the international horological scene: Philippe Dufour, Andreas Strehler, Giulio Papi, Marc Jenni, Michael Tay, Elizabeth Doerr and François-Paul Journe.

The Spherical moon and drum calendar pocket watch created by Norifumi Seki features a multiple complications. First one is the large spherical moon-phase display. Made entirely of titanium, the moon phase is 20 mm in diameter and set via a recessed pusher in the case band. A third of the sphere is blue heated, while the other two thirds are coated in gold.

Norifumi Seki Spherical moon and drum calendar pocket watch

Second complication is the vertical calendar display. Shown in two large windows, each containing two drums for the digits, the calendar is a simple one, with the month in the left window and date on the right; both can be set via the crown. Because the calendar display relies on drums, rather than discs, it is driven by gears perpendicular to the plane of the movement.

The movement is a mix of parts made from scratch as well as components from tried-and-test calibres. The base plate, bridges, and mechanisms for the calendar and moon phase are made by Norifumi Seki. Most parts of going train, from mainspring to fourth wheel, are taken from the Valjoux 7750, long a favourite base movement for complications because of its robustness and reliable energy delivery. However, the escapement is from the Peseux 7040 because, the young watchmaker wanted to run the movement at 3Hz instead of 4Hz to make the balance wheel larger.

Norifumi Seki Spherical moon and drum calendar pocket watch

He then produced the four-armed balance wheel and paired it with a hairspring from the 7750. As a result, the balance bridge still retains the Etachron regulator index of the 7750. The movement is coated in 18K yellow gold, and finished with perlage and Côtes de Genève. Both the balance bridge and escape wheel cock are hand engraved.

Norifumi Seki Spherical moon and drum calendar pocket watch

Norifumi also produced all of the external components of the watch. Though it appears to be engine turned, the dial was actually engraved on a lathe due to non-availability of a rose engine. But the dial colour was achieved the traditional way, having been silver plated using diluted sulphuric acid. The hands were also made from scratch with a combination of heat-blued steel and golden brass.

Technical specifications

Case
18K yellow golden brass
Width: 4.7 cm
Height: 2.3 cm
Length: 6.3 cm
Total weight: 140 grams
Crown and bow also in 18K yellow golden brass

Movement
Coated in 18K yellow gold, with perlage and Côtes de Genève decorations, balance bridge and escape wheel cock hand engraved

Dial
Engraved guilloche silver plated
Moon: 20 mm diameter in titanium partly golden
Hands: heated blued steel and golden brass.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

When François-Paul Journe presented his first Résonance wristwatch in 2000, it was baptized Résonance under the patented brand name Résonance®. The F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance is the only wristwatch in the world that utilizes the physical natural resonance without any mechanical transmission phenomenon, previously known as double pendulum or double balance.

Each of the two balances alternately serves as exciter and resonator. When the two balances are in movement, they enter into harmony thanks to the resonance phenomenon and begin to beat naturally in opposition. The two balances then support each other, giving more inertia to their movement. This result is possible only if the difference of the frequency from one to the other does not exceed 5 seconds per day cumulated on six positions. Their setting is an extremely delicate task.

Whereas an external disturbance affects the running of a traditional mechanical watch, the same disturbance, for the Chronomètre à Résonance, produces an effect that accelerates one of the balances as much as it slows down the other. Little by little, the two balances come back towards each other to find their point of harmony, thus eliminating the disturbance, and beating in perfect synchronization.

This emblematic watch that distinctively signs François-Paul Journe’s horological research on precision was awarded “Montre à Grande Complication” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2010.

François-Paul Journe has conceived several versions of his wristwatch throughout the last 20 years; the first 20 by Subscription (2000), the first collection series (2001), the Ruthenium series (2001-2002), with movement in 18 K rose Gold (2005), the digital 24 hours Résonance (2010), the analogic 24 hours Résonance (2019), and the new Chronomètre à Résonance (2020).

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

The new Chronomètre à Résonance has only one single barrel spring to provide power for the two movements. A differential placed on the first wheel, visible in the centre of the dial, transmits, independently, the energy of the barrel spring towards the two secondary gear trains. Each secondary gear train is equipped with a Remontoir d’Egalité of a frequency of 1 second. Working in such a way, the force received by the escapements remains linear and assures isochronisms throughout 28 hours.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

The Chronomètre à Résonance features a redesigned case with a crown now placed at 2 o’clock easing the winding of the watch in position 0 and the time setting in position 2, clockwise for the left dial and anti-clockwise for the right dial. The pulling of the crown at 4 o’clock simultaneously resets both seconds.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

On the movement side, 2 remontoirs d’égalité (constant-force device) provide a linear force to each of the two balance springs to remain isochronous during 28 hours.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

This model is available with a case in Platinum or in 18 K 6N Gold in 40 or 42 mm diameter. The dial is proposed in 18 K white or 6N Gold with 2 hour subdials in whitened Silver Guilloché clous de Paris. Leather strap or Gold or Platinum bracelet.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance 20th Anniversary Edition

Technical Specifications

Movement
Calibre 1520 in 18 K rose Gold
Manual winding / 31 turns of crown

Dimensions
Overall diameter: 34.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 34.20 mm
Overall height: 7.97 mm
Height of winding stem: 3.39 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
2 Independent linear escapements, 15 teeth
2 Independent balances with 4 inertia weights
2 Flat micro-flamed Anachron balance springs
2 Mobile stud carriers
Free sprung
2 Springs laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
2 Pinned GE studs
Frequency: 21’600 v/h, 3Hz
Inertia: 10.10 mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0 h dial up: > 260°
24 h dial up: > 260°

Main Characteristics
2-position winding crown at 2h
Manual winding in position 0
Time adjustment in position 2: clockwise for the left dial and anti-clockwise for the right dial
Resetting the seconds to zero by pulling the crown at 4h

Indications
Double time display:
Left analog – indicating 24 hours
Right analog – indicating 12 hours
2 small seconds at 6h
Power reserve at 12h

Total Autonomy
42 hours
Efficient running time: 28 hours ± 2

Finishing
High quality
Partial circular graining on baseplate
Geneva waves on bridges
Screw heads polished and beveled, with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Steel components hand-finished

Dial
18 K white or 6N Gold and whitened Silver hour dials with guilloché clous de Paris

Case
Platinum or 18 K 6N Gold
Diameter: 40 or 42 mm
Total height: 11 mm

Number of parts
Movement: 378
Cased up with strap: 427
Jewels: 62

F.P.Journe Astronomic Souveraine Grand Complication Watch

After the success of the prototype’s sale at the Only Watch auction, F.P.Journe presents the final version: Astronomic Souveraine. It is a grand complication watch in a steel case, housing 18 complications including tourbillon and minute repeater. This exceptional creation was unveiled on 14 November in Tokyo at first flagship boutique of the brand.

The Astronomic Blue, the prototype of this grand complication, developed specifically for Only Watch 2019 Charity auction, was sold for the amount of CHF 1’800’000.-, a new world record for an F.P.Journe watch.

The 18 carat rose Gold movement of the Astronomic Souveraine is totally novel and very finely decorated. The white Gold dial, whose sub-dials are embellished with clou de Paris decoration, and the moon phases, with a hyper realistic moon that was traced from a NASA photograph.

At 3, there is the mean time (or civil time) dial, with a blue hand indicating a second time zone. At 9, there is the sidereal time dial, which allows the observation of the stars. Next to it, the mean time seconds are shown on a disc. Between the two are the central minutes and the power reserve indication, which remains optimal up to 40 h. Above all this is a blue aperture showing the sunrise and sunset. Here, metal shutters lengthen or shorten the days.

On the reverse there is the equation of time and a full annual calendar encircled by the signs of the zodiac. It is on this side that the dance of the tourbillon may be admired. In all, this watch, which also strikes the hours, the quarters and the minutes, possesses 18 functions and complications.

It is made up of 758 components, in addition to the case. However, the case is no larger than 44 mm in diameter and 13.80 mm thick. Only a very few pieces of the Astronomic Souveraine will be produced each year.

Technical Specifications

Movement
Calibre 1619
Manual winding (34 turns of crown)
In 18K rose Gold
Power reserve: 40h

Dimensions of the Movement
Overall diameter: 37.00mm
Cased-up diameter: 36.40mm
Height movement: 10.75mm
Height of winding stem: 4.59mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20mm

Balance
Balance with 4 inertia weights
Breguet Anachron spring
Pinned stud
Free sprung
Nivatronic laser-welded to collet
Pinned Geneva stud
Frequency: 21,600 V/H, (3Hz)
Inertia: 11.00 mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 260°/ 24h vertical: > 260°

Main Characteristics
Tourbillon with remontoir d’égalité
Minute repeater
Sidereal hours and minutes
2nd time zone
Moon phases
Annual calendar
Equation of time
Sunrise and sunset
Natural dead-beat second
All settings via the crown

Indications
Front: Hours and 2nd time zone at 3
Minutes in the centre
Sunrise and sunset at 12
Sidereal hours and minutes at 9
Power reserve at 6
Moon phases at 5
Second on disc at 7

Back
Equation of time in the center
Annual calendar at 10

Escapement
15 teeth escape wheel
90° Anchor fork

Decorations
Circular waves on bridges
Partly circular grained baseplate
Polished screw heads and chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case
Steel
Diameter: 44.00mm
Total height: 13.80mm

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 758
Cased on leather strap: 817
Jewels: 68

F.P.Journe opens its first Boutique in Dubai in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons

F.P.Journe celebrates the opening of its first ever GCC Boutique in Dubai at the prestigious Dubai Mall. Guests were welcomed through the doors by François-Paul Journe. Accompanying him for the official ribbon cutting was Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the exclusive partner of the F.P.Journe Boutique Dubai.

This is the brand’s 10th Boutique, following openings in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva, Paris, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Beirut and Kiev. Designed by François-Paul Journe according to the global concept, the beautiful Boutique showcases an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. It includes a salon and library where collectors are invited to explore and discuss their shared passion for horology, while admiring the brand’s complete collection of precision chronometers.

Black and white photos adorn the walls featuring François-Paul Journe and his watchmakers at the workbench. Guests will also discover the Limited Series and special editions, exclusively reserved for the F.P.Journe Boutiques.

Through constant research for efficiency and precision, François-Paul Journe has been creating groundbreaking mechanical timepieces since 1977. His unique watchmaking vision has already captured the praise of both the public and professionals alike for his innovative 18K rose Gold movements, all bearing the brand’s motto: “Invenit et Fecit”. This certifies that each handmade precision chronometer is produced one-by-one with meticulousness, entirely invented and made in house in the central Geneva Manufacture, Switzerland.

Established 20 years ago, the relationship between Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and F.P.Journe is based on a longstanding commitment and passion for fine watchmaking. As family businesses with members involved in day-to-day operations, both brands work towards preserving the history of horology through deep appreciation and business practices. With François-Paul Journe holding over 40 years of experience in watchmaking and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons being the definitive curators of time since 1950, the partners share the same company values and vision for horology in the region and beyond.

Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the region’s leading retailer of luxury watches & jewellery. Established in 1950, the company has continuously developed and nurtured the needs of its clients through the combination of expert curation of its portfolio and commitment to service excellence. Today, the company is recognised as a pioneer amongst retailers in the region, with an extensive collection of over 60 luxury timepiece & jewellery brands across 50 locations in the UAE.

Boutique Address

F.P.Journe Boutique Dubai
The Dubai Mall
Fashion Avenue, First floor, #293
DUBAI, UAE

F.P.Journe Astronomic Blue Prototype Unique Piece for Only Watch 2019

To support the Only Watch 2019 charity auction, F.P.Journe donates a unique prototype of its proposed Astronomic grand complication watch. The unique movement, the unique blue chrome dial and its unique case in Tantalum makes the F.P.Journe Astronomic Blue a masterpiece horological creation.

This grand complication watch incorporates 18 complications including tourbillon, minute repeater, equation of time, sidereal time, sunrise and sunset, moon phases, 2nd time-zone and annual calendar.

Technical details

Case
Case in Tantalum, unique piece developed exclusively for Only Watch
Diameter: 44 mm / Thickness: 13.75 mm

Dial
Blue chrome dial, unique example developed exclusively for Only Watch, with Silver parts.

Indications
Front side: Hours, minutes and seconds of average time, 2nd time zone, Hours and minutes of sidereal time, Sunrise and sunset, Day and night indication, Moon phases and Power reserve
Back side: Annual calendar and Equation of time

Movement
Exclusive manual winding prototype calibre 1619 in 18K rose gold.
Double barrel, minute repeater, tourbillon with « Remontoir d’égalité » performing a complete rotation in 60 seconds, dead-beat second.
Functions and complications: 18

Bracelet
Orange Alligator strap

Estimate
CHF 300,000 – 600,000
EUR 270,000 – 539,000
USD 300,000 – 600,000

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Limited Edition – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the New York F.P.Journe Boutique

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.

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Limited Edition - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the New York F.P.Journe Boutique

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.

Technical details

Model: Centigraphe Boutiques Anniversary

Movement Specifications

Movement
Calibre 1506
Manual winding
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

Balance
Free-sprung balance
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°

Escapement
In-line lever escapement – 15-tooth escape wheel

Indications
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

Chronograph
Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout – Patented chronograph with the 100th of a second

Power Reserve
Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes
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

Exterior

Case
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

Control rocker
18K red Gold
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph

Crown
18K red Gold
Three-position winding crown
Position 0, disengaged – Position 1, winding – Position 2, time-setting

Dial
Ruthenium with sapphire registers and polished steel circle

Strap
Burgundy alligator with 18K red Gold clasp

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 284
Cased up with strap: 324
Jewels: 50

F.P.Journe Automatique Lune

In 2001, F.P.Journe presented the Octa – a collection of mechanical wristwatch chronometers with automatic winding systems offering a very long power reserve, all of which have the same case thickness regardless of the complication.

The new Automatique Lune presents a larger date (4.7 x 2.6 mm) and a moon in sapphire also enlarged for an optimal readability.

The mechanical movement with automatic winding in 18K rose Gold provides a power reserve of 160 hours. It is winded by the mono directional off center 22K 6N Gold rotor which uses any slightest movement of the wrist for an optimal winding of the watch and an unequalled efficiency.

The variable inertia balance wheel provides an optimum yield for the Automatique Lune as well as for all models of the Octa Collection with an irreproachable stability.

The Automatique Lune is available with a case in 40 or 42 mm. in Platinum or in 6N Gold, with a guilloche clous de Paris Silver dial, on leather strap or Platinum or 6N Gold bracelet, in the F.P.Journe Boutiques and Espaces as well as from authorized retailers.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre F.P.Journe 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold
Unidirectional automatic winding
Off centre rotor in 22K 6N Gold

Dimensions of the movement
Total diameter: 34.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
Overall height: 5.95 mm
Height of winding system: 3.10 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mm

Balance
Four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron flat balance spring
Mobile stud holder
Free-sprung
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
Barrel with slipping spring
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12h dial up: >280°/ 90h dial up: >220°

Main characteristics
Three position crown
Instantaneous jump calendar
Winding of the watch in position 0, clock wise
Correction of date in position 2, anti clock wise
Correction of the moon in position 2, clock wise
Correction of time in position 3

Escapement
Linear lever 15 teeth

Autonomy
160 ± 10 hours

Winding speed on watch winder
274 rotations (anti clock-wise) / 24 hours

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 4:30
Large date
Power – reserve at 9 o’clock
Moon phases at 7h00

Decoration
Circular Côtes de Genève on bridges
Partly circular graining on base plate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Steel components hand polished and chamfered

Case
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold – 40 or 42 mm
Height: 10.6 mm
Number of parts Movement without dial: 271
Cased up on leather strap: 295
Jewels: 36

F.P.Journe Linesport – New Centigraphe and Automatique Reserve Models in Platinum or 18k 6N gold

After the launch of the Centigraphe Titanium and Automatique Réserve Titanium with yellow dials last fall, the Centigraphe and the Automatique Réserve watches from F.P.Journe are now available in Platinum and 18K 6N Gold versions.

The 44mm cases are available in Platinum or 18K 6N Gold with an assorted respective metal bracelet with matte finishing emphasizing a contemporary sportive aspect.

The bezel with ceramic inlay follows the codes of the Chronographe Rattrapante with numbers engraved in the Platinum or Gold base.

The dials of the 18K 6N Gold versions are in Silver guilloche covered with Ruthenium and appliques numerals in matte 18K 6N Gold and Silver guilloche chronograph or small second counters.

The Platinum versions feature blue-mauve colour Silver guilloche dials with appliques numerals in matte white Gold and Silver guilloche chronograph or small second counters.

The 18K rose Gold hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times on three dials, a 100th of a second at 10 o’clock, 20 seconds at 2 o’clock and 10 minutes at 6 o’clock. The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a patented ® rocker at 2 o’clock instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown.

The Centigraphe supports the medical research carried out by the ICM, Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris. Along with Professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Jean Réno, Michelle Yeoh and Jean Todt, amongst others, François-Paul Journe has committed to donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the ICM, with no time limit.

The Automatique Réserve features a day and night indication and a date now even larger (4.7 x 2.6 mm) for optimal readability. The 18K rose Gold automatic winding mechanical movement with a 22K Gold rotor uses any slightest movement of the wrist to increase the winding of the watch providing 160 hours of power reserve.

The Centigraphe Souverain and the Octa Automatique Réserve are now part of the retrospective collections that are no longer in production.

The Centigraphe and the Automatique Réserve in Platinum or 18K 6N Gold are now available in the 9 F.P.Journe Boutiques around the world.

Technical details

Model: CENTIGRAPHE – CT2

Movement
Exclusive F.P.Journe Calibre 1506 in 18K rose Gold
Manual winding, 18 crown revolutions
Overall diameter: 34.40mm
Casing-up diameter: 34.00mm
Overall height: 5.60mm
Height of hands: 1.45mm
Height of winding stem: 2.69mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20mm

Balance
Free-sprung balance with four adjustable inertia weights
Flat anachron microflames balance spring
Mobile stud holders
Pinned GE stud
Nivatronic laser-welded to the collet
Frequency: 21,600Alt/h, 3Hz
Inertia: 10.10mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12h dial up: > 300°
12h vertical: > 260°

Escapement
In-line lever escapement – 15-tooth escape wheel

Indications
Central hours and minutes
1 second counter at 10h00
20 seconds counter at 2h00
10 minutes counter at 6h00

Chronograph
Separate chronograph train driven directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout

Power Reserve
80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishing
Circular Côtes de Genève on the bridges
Circular graining on the baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Straight-grained steel work

Case
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 44.00mm
Total height: 10.95mm

Dial
Platinum: blue-mauve colour Silver guilloche with appliques numerals in matte white
Gold, chronograph counters in Silver guilloche, matte rhodied hands.
18K 6N Gold: Silver guilloche covered with Ruthenium, appliques numerals in matte
18K 6N Gold, chronograph counters in Silver guilloche, matte 5N Golden hands.

Crown & Rocker
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold

Bracelet & Clasp
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold with adjustable folding clasp

Control
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
3 position winding crown: Position 0, disengaged; Position 1, winding; Position 2, time-setting
Switch start-stop and reset

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 280
Cased up with bracelet: 561
Jewels: 50

Model: AUTOMATIQUE RESERVE – AR2

Movement
Exclusive F.P.Journe Calibre 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold
Unidirectional automatic winding
Overall diameter: 34.60mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40mm
Overall height: 5.70mm
Height of winding stem: 3.00mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90mm

Balance
Four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron free-sprung flat balance spring
Mobile stud holder
Free Sprung
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21’600Alt/h, 3 Hz
Inertia: 10.10mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12h dial up: > 280°; 90h dial up: > 220°

Main characteristics
3 position crown: Winding of the watch in position 0, clock wise
Correction of date in position 1, anti-clockwise
Correction of time in position 2
Instant jump calendar
Off centre winding rotor in 22K Gold
Barrel with slipping spring
Escapement 15 tooths

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Small second at 6h00
Day/Night indication at 8h00
Power reserve at 10h00
Very large date at 1h00

Power Reserve
160 hours +/- 10 hours

Winding speed on watch winder
274 rotations/24 hours

Finishing
Circular Côtes de Genève on bridges
Partly circular graining on baseplate
Gilt engraving
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Chamfered and circular grained wheels
Steelwork with polished chamfered and straight graining

Case
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 44.00mm
Total height: 11.10mm

Dial
Platinum: blue-mauve colour Silver guilloche with appliques numerals in matte white Gold, small second counter in Silver guilloche, matte rhodied hands.
18K 6N Gold: Silver guilloche covered with Ruthenium, appliques numerals in matte 18K 6N Gold, small second counter in Silver guilloche, matte 5N Golden hands.

Crown
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold

Bracelet & Clasp
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold with adjustable folding clasp

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 256
Cased up with bracelet: 510
Jewels: 37

F.P.Journe Celebrates the Opening of the First Maison F.P.Journe in Miami

On 15th March 2019, F.P.Journe celebrated the opening of the first Maison F.P.Journe in the EPIC Hotel located right along the Miami River in the heart of Downtown Miami. The new Maison F.P.Journe is poised to become the destination in Miami for visitors to share a passion for haute horology and exchange ideas with other enthusiasts or just have a coffee or a glass of champagne in an inviting and airy brand-new decor over 320 square meters.

Accessed through the lobby of the EPIC Hotel, guests enter a 2-story glass atrium with expansive views of the Miami River and the city. A circle of distinctive glass vitrines showcasing F.P.Journe haute horology precision chronometers commands the space they share with Bar Journe. The presence of a double living area and absence of a traditional sales environment speak to the philosophy behind the space, to encourage conversations that follow the F.P.Journe philosophy of A.R.T., Authenticity, Rareness, and Talent, beyond the world of watches.

In addition, a Terraza provides an outdoor cigar lounge, furnished by family-owned Spanish yacht builder Astilleros Astondoa, and offers fine and rare cigars. The second floor accommodates the headquarters of Montres Journe America and the domestic service center.

F.P.Journe introduces a new concept of theme evenings and will host frequent events highlighting the parallels between the philosophy behind fine watchmaking and spirits, automobiles, bespoke suits, Petrossian caviar, Astondoa yachts, and more. The 10-seat Bar Journe features the finest expressions in all areas of carefully curated selection of distilled rare and vintage spirits, wines, beers, coffees and teas for a heightened beverage experience.

What sets F.P.Journe apart from other horology brands in taking retail experience to another level by creating what no other watchmaker has done yet is to bring a one-of-a-kind horological destination combined with a heightened beverage experience to the city of Miami.

The art of entertaining is elegantly declined through a bespoke sense of welcome in this magic universe and visitors can expect only the highest-quality service and seasoned expertise. The F.P.Journe unique philosophy reflects the values of excellence as well as the art de vivre of the brand with its personal codes of haute horology.

As a master watchmaker himself, François-Paul Journe is considered a horological genius, producing watches one-by-one with exceptional precision, manufactured in the heart of Geneva. At the crossroads of arts and haute horology, F.P.Journe honors its artisanal work and prides itself in the attention to detail for creating only the most exceptional and fine watches. Their 18K rose Gold movements make perfect sense of the label ‘Invenit et Fecit’ and certify an in-house caliber entirely conceived and assembled in the Geneva Manufacture’s ateliers with a subtle balance between tradition and new technologies.

Address

Maison F.P.Journe Miami
EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33131
P. +1-305-993-4747 – miami@fpjourne.com

F.P.Journe élégante Titanium Version

The élégante by F.P.Journe is now also housed in a grade 5 Titanium case with an exclusive Titalyt ® treatment that enhances its identity within the élégante collection by F.P.Journe. The procedure, in which Titanium is subjected to electro-plasma oxidation, improves the material’s hardness and resistance to wear and corrosion. This new version, recognisable due to its unique colour, has a stylish look that flatters all styles – casual, sports chic, or formal. It is available in 2 versions – 40 mm and 48 mm.

In the dark, the luminescent dial of the Titanium version offers optimal legibility while the hands indicate the time as in a shadow play. During the day, it has the beautiful gleam of white mother of pearl.

It took 8 years of research for F.P.Journe to develop this revolutionary horological concept with extremely precise requirements, leading to this innovative horological concept. Fitted with a revolutionary electro-mechanical movement, the élégante by F.P.Journe provides more than 8 years autonomy with the performance of a watch that is exceptionally comfortable to wear.

After remaining motionless for 35 minutes, the watch switches to standby mode in order to save energy, and its hands stop turning. In standby mode, the microprocessor specially created for this watch continues to measure the time. When the motion detector visible on the dial at 4h30 is activated, the élégante automatically sets itself to the correct time, with the hands taking the shortest path, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise. The élégante by F.P.Journe allows time to be stopped and started again – the absolute dream of all watchmakers.

The élégante Titalyt ® is available in the 9 F.P.Journe Boutiques, the 7 Espaces as well as from F.P.Journe authorized retailers.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre 1210
Electro-mecanical
Patented two-rotor motor
Dedicated processor, specific functions and low consumption
Quartz frequency: 32’768 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 35 minutes motionless
Restart and automatic time setting when the watch is put back on
Motion detection oscillating weight visible on the dial
2 positions 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

Dial
Inner dial in luminescent sapphire
Outer dial with screwed Steel elements

Finishing
4N Gold movement
Engraved and decorated battery bridge
Côtes de Genève
Screw heads polished and bevelled
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case
Titanium with Titalyt ® treatment 40 mm
Set with 38 diamonds VVS F/G for 0.50 carat
Flat Tortue ®: 35 x 40 mm
Total thickness: 7.35 mm
Sapphire crystal case back
Titanium with Titalyt ® treatment 48 mm
Flat Tortue ®: 40 x 48 mm
Total thickness: 7.95 mm
Sapphire crystal case back
Screw down in Titanium with Titalyt ® treatment
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Bracelet
Rubber with deployant clasp

Number of pieces
Jewels: 18
Movement without dial: 129
With case and strap: 162

F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical – A New Tourbillon Souverain to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Tourbillon Souverain

The innovative and revolutionary horological creator François-Paul Journe presents a new horological marvel on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the iconic Tourbillon Souverain watch.

François-Paul Journe has inspired a generation of contemporary watchmakers with the originality of his creations, his quest for precision, his timeless and immediately recognisable style, and his respect for horological ethics and traditions. Fascinated by the tourbillon since his youth, François-Paul Journe began to make his first watch when he was 20 – entirely by hand. It was a tourbillon pocket watch. In 1991, he created his first tourbillon wristwatch, selling the very small number of examples to a handful of knowledgeable collectors.

In 1999, he launched the first Tourbillon Souverain with remontoir d’égalité in wristwatch form. It was sold by subscription and was much sought after by collectors who rival with each other to get on the short list of 20 examples.

The year 2003 saw the birth of the new generation of Tourbillon Souverain, to which François-Paul Journe added natural deadbeat second. Then, to make the watches even more desirable, he produced his haute horlogerie movements in 18 k rose Gold, a first in the world of modern mechanical watchmaking.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this emblematic wristwatch, F.P.Journe has developed a tourbillon whose cage is vertical, rather than the traditional horizontal cage.

This vertical tourbillon with remontoir d’égalité and deadbeat second makes one revolution every 30 seconds. This is faster than the usual time of one minute, making the technical prowess even more visually astonishing.

Surrounding the cage, a cone-shaped mirror-polished ring concentrates light, reflecting the tourbillon cage. A second reflector was created on the movement side to provide light around the tourbillon cage.

The 4N rose Gold bridges that form the dial are decorated with “Clous de Paris” guilloche with, for the first time, an enamel hour dial at 3 o’clock. The Tourbillon Vertical also features an 80-hour power reserve at 12 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock; the remontoir d’égalité is placed at 7 o’clock. The 42 mm case is available in platinum or in 18k 6N Gold.

Technical specifications

Movement

Calibre 1519
Manual winding / 29 turns of crown
18 K rose Gold

Dimensions of the movement
Overall diameter: 34.60 mm
Cased-up diameter: 34.20 mm
Overall height: 10.86 mm
Height of winding stem: 3.66 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
4 inertia weights
Flat Anachron balance spring with Philips overcoil
Pinned stud
Free-sprung
Spring pinned to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 V/H (3Hz)
Inertia: 11.00 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 260°; 24h vertical: > 260°

Main Characteristics
30 seconds Vertical Tourbillon with constant force and dead second.
Time adjustment by crown in position 2

Escapement
15 tooth escape wheel
90° Anchor fork

Indications
Hours and minutes at 3h00
Small second at 6h00
Power reserve at 12h00
Vertical Tourbillon at 9h00

Power reserve
80 ± 2 hours

Dial
Movement in 18 K 4N rose Gold with hour dial in enamel on white Gold

Finishing
High quality
Guilloche Clous de Paris on bridges
Circular Geneva Waves on base plate
Screw heads polished and bevelled
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case
Platinum PT 950 or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.60 mm

Number of parts
Movement without dial: 230
Cased on leather strap: 260
Jewels: 32

F.P.Journe Chronometre A Resonance with Analog 24 Hour Display

For the 20th Anniversary of the Chronomètre à Résonance, F.P.Journe proposes a version with a special dial that will be produced only during the year 2019. The hour dial at 3h maintain an analog 12 hour indication while the dial at 9h features for this edition an analog 24 hour indication.

The subtle 18K rose Gold mechanism with its two perfectly synchronized beating mechanical hearts for an unequaled precision in a wristwatch are visible through a sapphire crystal caseback.

The 2019 edition of the Chronomètre à Résonance is available in two versions: one with a Platinum case and white Gold dial, the other entirely in 18K 6N Gold.

The two dials in Silver guilloche Clous de Paris indicating the hours and minutes can also be set on two different time zones.

Technical details

CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE

Movement
Calibre 1499.3 in 18K rose Gold
Manual winding / 27 turns of crown
Dimensions: Overall diameter: 32.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 32.00 mm
Overall height: 4.20 mm
Height of winding stem: 2.59 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.00 mm
Diameter of reset to zero stem: S1.20 mm

Balance
2 flat microflamed Anachron balance spring
2 mobile stud carriers
2 free sprung balance springs
2 spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
Pinned GE studs
Reset to zero button for seconds
Frequency: 21,600v/h, 3Hz
Inertia 10.10 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 320°; 24h dial up: > 270°

Main Characteristics
2 independent linear escapements, 15 teeth
2 independent balances with 4 inertia weight

2 position winding crown
Correction of the hour at 12h: for left dial by winding crown in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
Resetting of the seconds by pulling the button at 4h

Indications
Double display: Left analog – indicating 24 hours
Right analog – indicating 12 hours
2 small seconds at 6h
Power reserve at 11h
Power Reserve: 40 hours ± 2

Finishing
High quality
Circular graining on baseplate
Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case
Platinum or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Total height: 9.00 mm

Dial
18K white or 6N Gold and white Silver guilloche counters

Number of parts
Movement without dial 286
Cased up with strap 325
Jewels 40

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Limited Series for the 10th Anniversary of the Paris F.P.Journe Boutique

The Anniversary Centigraphe celebrates the 10th Anniversary of each F.P.Journe Boutique. After Tokyo, Hong Kong and Geneva, the Paris F.P.Journe Boutique was the fourth to celebrate its Anniversary with a Paris Limited Series of 10 pieces. It was presented in Paris on 29 November 2018. Each piece is numbered followed by the name of the corresponding city.

This exclusive edition is made in a perfect harmony of colours: a 40mm polished Titanium case, a Ruthenium dial with sapphire registers, a 18K 6N Gold crown and rocker, the emblematic mechanical movement with manual winding in 18K rose Gold and the burgundy alligator strap.

The Anniversary Centigraphe is exclusively available in the Boutique celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Paris presented during the evening, a private collection of 5 subscription watches produced between 1999 and 2004 and each bearing the No 1: Tourbillon Souverain 1/20, Chronomètre à Résonance, Octa Automatique Réserve, Octa Calendrier and Octa Chronographe.

The Centigraphe is a spectacular mechanical chronograph that indicates elapsed times from a
100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red.

On the left, the 100th of a second hand revolves around the dial in one second. The hand on the right revolves around the dial once every 20 seconds. The hand at 6 o’clock makes a tour in 10 minutes. The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a rocker located at 2 o’clock in the case band. This ergonomic design, perfectly fitted to the wristwatch, is patented.

A second patent was granted for the mechanism’s ingenious configuration, which effectively isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This means the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.

In purchasing the Centigraphe F.P.Journe, 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.

The Centigraphe Souverain was awarded the « Aiguille d’Or » (the Golden Hand ) at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie of Geneva in 2008. It was also elected Watch of the Year on timezone.com in 2009. The next Boutiques celebrating their 10th Anniversary will be New York in 2019; Miami in 2022; Los Angeles in 2023; Beirut in 2024 and last but not least Kiev in 2027.

Technical details

Model: Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire

Movement
Calibre 1506
Manual winding
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

Balance
Free-sprung balance
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°

Escapement
In-line lever escapement – 15-tooth escape wheel

Indications
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

Chronograph
Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout

Power Reserve
Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes
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

Case
Titanium grade 5, polished
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Total height: 10.70 mm
Numbered: Genève 1 to 10

Control rocker
18K 6N Gold
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph

Crown
18K 6N Gold
Three-position winding crown
Position 0, disengaged
Position 1, winding
Position 2, time-setting

Dial
Ruthenium with sapphire registers and polished Steel circle

Strap
Burgundy alligator with 18K 6N Gold clasp

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 284
Cased up with strap: 324
Jewels: 50

F.P.JOURNE – Invenit et Fecit by Jean-Pierre Grosz

The fascinating book that tells the legendary story of François-Paul Journe has finally been released. Over 360 pages, the author relates his childhood as an enfant terrible in Marseille; his wild adolescent friendships, his joys and indiscretions; his hopes and doubts for his future; and, finally, the revelation of the world of watchmaking – a universe that was to become his vocation and would open up wonderful new horizons.

The author narrates François-Paul’s research on precision; his love of creating, constructing, and innovating; his successes and victories; but also his doubts, frustrations and rebellions; the events that made him what he is today, why he practices his particular style of watchmaking, which collectors so admire. He writes about his constant search for perfection, from the niche he has constructed for himself, little by little, and with great dedication, to the brilliant watchmaker-constructor he has become. About his talent recognized by his peers and his rewards by countless international prizes and his deep need for independence.

Instinctive creator who constantly strives for excellence, François-Paul always avoids banality and facility; banality is deadly. He also writes about this distinctive know-how that favors quality over quantity and how he transformed his watches into works of art that sublimate the wrists of their wearers.

In the introduction, François-Paul Journe dedicates this book to his uncle Michel Journe, who got him started and allowed him to work in his atelier while tolerating his youthful recklessness while he created his very ambitious first watch and also to Jean-Claude Sabrier, who remained his faithful friend until the end of his life. He was a benevolent, jovial and generous scholar who became one of the greatest historians of watchmaking. François-Paul also thanks his friend Jean-Pierre Grosz, former manager of Marvin Gaye, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Ray Charles. Grosz tells Ray’s epic story in the book “Ray, my friend”. François-Paul knew Jean-Pierre was the only one who could write his story.

The preface to the book is written by his son Charles Journe who provides a different view. The book F.P.Journe – Invenit et Fecit will give you many delightful hours as you learn all about the unique destiny of François-Paul Journe. It will be available as from November 22nd in the 9 F.P.Journe Boutiques.

As an independent contemporary master watchmaker, François-Paul Journe has constructed haute horology timepieces for over 40 years. His historical knowledge and expertise have enabled him to demonstrate timeless consistency in research and innovation. His authentic integrated Manufacture calibre produced in 18K rose gold is one of the unique characteristics of F.P.Journe watches. The brand has earned the highest horological distinctions around the world, including 7 awards at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, The Gaïa Prize for Best Watchmaker, numerous times the Watch of the Year prize in Japan, in China, Mexico and the United States, and last but not least, Chevaliers des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

In his never-ending quest for perfection, F.P.Journe stands at the crossroads between the Arts and Haute Horology, constructing innovative and timeless timepieces that enhance the traditional haute horology values. The Manufacture produces less than 900 precision chronometers per year, and the label « Invenit et Fecit », engraved on all the watches, guarantees an in-house calibre that is entirely conceived, produced and assembled in the Geneva workshop.

F.P.Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Unique Piece Made for the 10th Anniversary of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

F.P.Journe has created a unique piece of his Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante given for the 10th Anniversary of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and sold during the Singapore Charity Ball auction under the patronage of his H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco. This watch was sold for the extraordinary amount of SG$ 400’000.-

This seminal F.P.Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante features a one of a kind execution of a blue dial with oracle bone script numerals chronicling the passing of time.

Based on consultations with renowned scholars and scribes, Francois-Paul Journe re-imagined the numerals on the chronograph counters, and the hour-and-minute chapter rings, with carefully-curated extrapolations of the ancient oracle bone script awakening the ancient Chinese intellect. This timepiece not only celebrates the passing of time but the term “chronograph’ derives its name from the Greek words; chronos and graphô.

The oracle bone script was a form of Chinese characters carved on animal bones or turtle plastrons, used mainly for pyromantic divinations. They are the oldest known form of Chinese writing. Beginning with Wu Ding, whose ascension is estimated by scholars to be between 1250 to 1200 BCE, this writing form oversaw a period spanning the rules of the last nine kings of the Shang dynasty, displaying a level of maturity that reflects its evolution over several hundred years. Highly-pictographic in nature, due in part to the difficulty of engraving the hard surfaces, the late Shang oracle bone writing is directly ancestral to the modern Chinese script.

Contrary to later and more advanced Chinese writings in which words are read from right to left, oracle bone inscriptions often start near the center of the shell or bone, and are mirrored on both sides, radiating towards the edges. With its pictographs taking on different meanings when placed in differing combinations, the oracle bone script is the rare form of writing that is rooted in history, yet exudes a rare, free-spirited dynamic. The fact that out of the thousands of engravings found so far, many remains undeciphered only adds to its mythical nature.

The Titanium case of 44 mm diameter features an assorted metal bracelet with matte finishing, identical to the existing line Sport version. Rubber inserts are fixed on the case and the bracelet links to protect the watch from frictions on smooth surface like bumpers of ancient automobiles. It encloses the new mono-pusher split-second chronograph movement with manual winding in Aluminium alloy with a very large date. This Chronograph features a power reserve of 80 hours making it possible to efficiently use the chronograph with the rattrapante (split-second) function after 2 days. The very large date in a window of 5.20 x 2.80 mm provides an increased readability.

Technical details

Movement
Exclusive F.P.Journe Calibre 1518 in Aluminium alloy
Mechanical with manual winding – 38 turns of crown
Jewels: 29

Dimensions of the Movement
Overall diameter: 33.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 33.20 mm
Overall height: 6.80 mm
Height of hands: 2.20 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
In-line lever escapement, 15-tooth escape wheel
Chronometric with four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron balance spring
Mobile stud holders
Free-sprung balance
Nivatronic laser-welded to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg x cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12h flat: > 300°; 12h vertical: > 260°

Main Characteristics
Crown rubber over molded with 3 positions:
Position 1: winding
Position 2: correction of the date
Position 3: time setting
Pusher chronograph to start, stop and back to zero at 2h
Pusher split-second at 4h

Autonomy
Over 80 hours without the chronograph

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Register 60 seconds at 9h
Register 30 jumping minutes chronograph at 3h
Very large date at 6h

Finishing
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

Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Total height: 12.10 mm
Titanium grade 5, with rubber inserts

Dial
Unique piece in blue color with rhodied applique numerals inspired by oracle bone script, rhodied hands with superluminova for the hours and minutes, 2 Silver guilloche chronograph counters and red hands

Bracelet
Titanium grade 5, with rubber inserts

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 285
Cased up with strap: 562

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Sport and Octa Sport 2018

F.P.Journe introduces a new design for the Centigraphe Sport and the Octa Sport. The two models are available with a 44 mm diameter case in Titanium grade 5 of anthracite color with an assorted bracelet. The bezel in Titanium and ceramic follows the codes of the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante with numbers engraved in the Titanium base. For the first time, a new bright yellow dial brings a new intensity to the lineSport with luminescent appliqué numbers surrounded with black as well as sapphire counters with red numbers.

The Titanium is frequently used in boating and the aeronautics for its lightness and it high resistance to corrosion and wear. Its matte finishing is emphasizing its contemporary sportive aspect. In a constant quest for performance and lightness, the movement is made from Aluminium alloy, each watch weighing 75 grams.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials.

The Octa Sport features a day and night indication and a date now even larger (4.7 x 2.6 mm) for optimal readability.

The automatic winding mechanical movement with a Titanium rotor and a Tungsten segment uses any slightest movement of the wrist to increase the winding of the watch providing 160 hours of power reserve.

The Centigraphe Sport and the Octa Sport are also available with a case and bracelet in Platinum or 18K red Gold with hammered finishing.

Hand-wound Calibre 1506

Patented ergonomic chronograph: The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a rocker at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. This ergonomic design, perfectly fitted to the wristwatch, is patented (No EP 818 734 A1).

Patented chronograph mechanism: A second patent (No EP 1 978 424 A1) was granted for the mechanism’s ingenious configuration, which effectively isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This means the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running. The hands of the 100th of a second counter, the 20 seconds, and the 10 minutes hand are driven by 2 different wheel trains, themselves driven by the centre of the mainspring. Another separate train of wheels, also driven by the barrel arbor, drives the 10-minutes hand.

1/100th second recorder hand: The 100th of a second’s hand, released by the watch’s escapement, makes one revolution of the dial per second. A wheel mounted on the escape wheel (4th wheel of the going train) releases the arbor to which the hand is fitted. The seconds are driven by the going train from the barrel, and by the energy of the chronograph train, as transmitted by the barrel arbor. One ingenious feature of the 100th of a second is that it may be stopped anywhere along its one second journey around its dial, even between two 100th-second divisions, enabling a fractional reading. This is achieved by vertically disengaging the pinion of the 100th of a second hand from that of the escapement, which presses on the pivot shank and acts as a brake.

Return to zero: The 20-seconds hand and the 10-minutes hand are zeroed back by hammer levers acting on the snail cams. The 100th of a second hand is stopped at zero by a beak protruding from its pinion, which presses on a lever and thus blocks the chronograph train.

Maintaining power and power reserve: The barrel features a maintaining power system in order to ensure that the driving force does not decrease during winding. The mainspring supplies at least 80 hours of power reserve without the chronograph, and 24 hours with the chronograph running.

Automatic Calibre FPJ 1300-3

The Octa calibre 1300-3 is a constant search for functionality and provides a power reserve of 160 hours. The unidirectional winding of the exclusive off-centre F.P. Journe rotor in 22K red Gold is achieved by a self-locking ball bearing system. Thus each movement, no matter how slight, is utilized for the optimal winding of the watch and an irreproachable stability.

Technical details

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Sport – CTS 2

Movement
Calibre 1506 in Aluminium alloy
Manual winding

Dimensions of the Movement
Overall diameter: 34.40mm
Casing-up diameter: 34.00mm
Overall height: 5.60mm
Height of hands: 1.45mm
Height of winding stem: 2.69mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20mm

Balance
Free-sprung balance with four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron free sprung 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°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 320°; 24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement
In-line lever escapement – 15-tooth escape wheel

Indications
Central hours and minutes
1 second counter at 10 o’clock
20 seconds counter at 2 o’clock
10 minutes counter at 6 o’clock
Chronograph Separate chronograph train driven directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout

Power Reserve
80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishing
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

Case
Titanium with rubber inserts
Diameter: 44.00mm
Total height: 10.70mm
Crown: Titanium with rubber coating

Dial
Yellow lacquered Aluminium and transparent sapphire

Bracelet
Titanium with rubber inserts
Deployant Clasp Titanium with rubber coating, adjustable

Control
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
3 position winding crown
Position 0, disengaged
Position 1, winding
Position 2, time-setting

Number of Parts
Movement without dial 284
Cased up with strap 561
Jewels 50
Rubber 72

Weight
Total weight on Titanium bracelet: 75 g
Movement alone 12 g
Sapphire glass 7 g

F.P.Journe Octa Sport – ARS 2

Movement
Automatic Calibre FPJ 1300-3 in Aluminium alloy
Unidirectional automatic winding

Dimensions of the movement
Overall diameter: 30.80 mm
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
Overall height: 5.70 mm
Height of winding stem: 3.00 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mm

Balance
Four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron free-sprung flat balance spring
Mobile stud holder
Free Sprung
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21’600 Alt/h, 3 Hz
Inertia: 10.10 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12 h dial up : > 280°; 90 h dial up : > 220°

Main characteristics
Three position crown:
Winding of the watch in position 0, clock wise
Correction of date in position 1, anti-clockwise
Correction of time in position 2
Instant jump calendar
Off centre winding rotor in Titanium with Tungsten segment
Barrel with slipping spring
Escapement 15 tooth

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Small second at 6h00
Day/Night indication at 9h00
Power reserve at 10h30
Very large date at 1h00

Autonomy
160+/- 10 hours

Winding
Speed on watch winder: 274 rotations / 24 hours

Decoration
Circular Cotes de Genève on bridges
Partly circular graining on baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Chamfered and circular grained wheels
Steel components hand polished and chamfered

Case
Titanium with rubber inserts
Diameter: 44.00mm
Total height: 11.00mm

Dial
Yellow lacquered Aluminium and sapphire
Superluminova hands
Superluminova appliqué numerals
12 luminescent points

Number of parts
Movement without dial 286
Cased up with Titanium bracelet 510
Jewels 40

Weight
Total weight on Titanium bracelet 75 g
Movement alone 11 g
Sapphire glass sub dial 2 g

F.P.Journe Invites to Discover the Emblematic Sonnerie Souveraine in Binaural Sound

This time when you open F.P.Journe website on your browser you can enjoy the binaural sound of the Sonnerie Souveraine F.P.Journe, recorded in the anechoic chamber of the EPFL. This unique experience provides a total immersion in the heart of the exceptional striking watch’s movement.

Binaural is a recording technique performed to create a three-dimensional sound. For the binaural recording of the Sonnerie Souveraine, F.P.Journe used artificial ears with microphones. In the choice of components up to the shapes and proportions, everything is designed in this device to reproduce a sound as close as possible to a human experience.

For this horological World Premiere, F.P.Journe invested the EPFL anechoic chamber in Lausanne. The EPFL is one of Switzerland’s two federal polytechnics school, and the most innovative and productive scientific institution in the world. All the walls (including the floor) of the 200 m2 anechoic chamber is entirely covered with 1 meter high glass wool dihedral, allowing an optimal absorption of sound.

The Grande Sonnerie watch with minute repeater is the most complex of horological creations, one that demands the very utmost in both technical and artistic virtuosity for the watchmaker in charge of its assembly. In the past, it has always been risky to use a Grande Sonnerie watch. The slightest error – for example, adjusting the time while the watch is chiming – could seriously damage the watch’s delicate mechanisms.

Therefore, the first entry in F.P.Journe’s specification book for this watch was: “make the watch so that an eight year old child can manipulate it safely without damaging it. To meet this challenge I had to construct a movement based on new mechanical principles”. Thus, according to the brand’s motto, ten patents testify to the “Invenit” of this work of watchmaking art, while the “Fecit” took six years of research and development.

The privilege of a Grande Sonnerie watch is to translate time in music. The Maison Journe who became an expert in the mastery of the resonance striking watch, is aware of the importance of acoustic waves in the art of the time measurement. It demonstrates its mastery when it comes to retransmit time in sounds.

The sound signal emitted by the extra-flat gongs of 3/10 of a millimeter has been treated with as much importance as the function mode of this mechanism which requires a very specific hammer strike. Indeed, the striking weight of the hammer of the Grande Sonnerie is of 0.3 grams. This force is, to give an estimate, between 10 and 15 times less than that used to strike a classical minute repeater.

However, because the acoustics work has been particularly meticulous and the technical solutions perfectly adapted to this type of complication, the Sonnerie Souveraine F.P.Journe produces a better sound than any equivalent striking timepiece. In addition, a new selection mode by the 4-hour button allows you to choose between three options: Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie and Silence. The pusher at 2 o’clock activates the Minute Repeater on demand.

For its striking watches, F.P.Journe has exceptionally abandoned precious metals for its cases, for a noble cause, to ensure the best possible striking tones that make optimal use of the crystalline structure of Steel.

The Sonnerie Souveraine received the Aiguille d’Or prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2006. It was also named Watch of the Year at the Grand Prize of Japan in 2006.

The emblematic F.P.Journe Sonnerie Souveraine will soon be discontinued. Clients are invited to place their order until December 31, 2018 to acquire this already rare and unique watch that will thus become a collector’s timepiece.

F.P.Journe

François-Paul Journe has been “inventing” and “making” watches since over 3 decades. He draws on his historical knowledge and expertise to face the most daring horological challenges, demonstrating a timeless consistency in research and innovation with a single goal : make each mechanical timepiece as accurate as possible.

Excellence and precision are the essence of an F.P.Journe watch, as well as authenticity and chronometry. F.P.Journe produces all its movements in 18K rose Gold, a first in the watch world and a unique feature of the brand. Signed with the label -Invenit et Fecit- (invented and made), each F.P.Journe exclusive movement guarantees a manufacture calibre, entirely invented, constructed, and assembled in the Geneva workshops.

In the 18th century this inscription used to be engraved on watches manufactured by prestigious French master-watchmakers upon their acceptance by the Royal Academy of Sciences.

At the crossroad between Arts and Haute Horology, the independent F.P.Journe Manufacture is a world in itself, embodying excellence, know-how and innovation, in the respect of the haute horology tradition from which F.P.Journe is the proud guardian. It was founded with one principle in mind: innovate and uphold, if not outrival the high standards of Haute Horology. Every effort was made to verticalise the production in order to produce inside its walls, almost all the components necessary for the making of F.P.Journe watches. It includes the creation and production of all its dial and watch cases which echo with the movement in perfect harmony.

The modernity of machines and instruments is essential to reach the expected level of perfection, but it is also paramount to maintain craft tradition, since many operations are still done manually, with an infinite precision, tirelessly repeated until flawlessness.

In his Manufacture, François-Paul Journe is the master watchmaker and that differentiates the brand from other watch companies. With its unmatched technical and watchmaker skills, he makes a point of honour to design and manufacture its mechanical watches one by one and in small series.

With a limited production of less than 900 timepieces per year, the sanctuary of the F.P.Journe Manufacture honours artisanal work. It prides itself in maintaining a genuine watchmaker’s Art. Each certified watchmaker is reacquainting with the state of the Art of haute horology, making a specific watch according to his technical sensitivity, and performing all production stages from beginning to end without anyone interfering in the process, including the delicate rating, casing-up and testing.

The exceptional F.P.Journe high horology creations have spanned over decades showcasing an exceptional watch pedigree from the astounding Grande Sonnerie, the ultra slim Répétition Souveraine, the emblematic Chronomètre à Résonance, the Chronomètre Optimum, to the amazing Octa automatic caliber with a 5 days power reserve.

These exceptional watch creations have granted F.P.Journe the awarding of the most important international watch Prizes throughout the world – 7 distinctions at the GPGH in Geneva, from which 3 times the ultimate distinctions the “Golden Hand”, and numerous times “Watch of the Year” in Japan, China, Switzerland or Mexico. F.P.Journe was also decorated with the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Minister of Culture.

Biography – François-Paul Journe

A label of excellence symbolising over thirty years of horological research it is with an artist’s sensitivity that François-Paul Journe explores the measurement of time to satisfy his overriding need for creativity and innovation; and as a demanding technician, he innovates by devising exclusive watch mechanisms. From his earliest years, watchmaking has been an integral part of his life.

Francois Paul Journe

It was in his native city of Marseille that he began training at the watchmaker’s school at the age of fourteen. Little by little, he discovered the scope and wealth of horological science, which would prove capable of satisfying both his curiosity and his creative vitality. However, the full revelation of his vocation came in Paris where he completed his studies before training with his uncle.

His uncle, 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, in his young age

The workshop of this eminent antique watch and clock restorer was located at the heart of the craftsmen’s district in Saint Germain-des-Près and a first-rate clientele entrusted him with the finest collections. It was here that François-Paul Journe thrilled to the discovery of the most striking achievements in the history of watchmaking and retraced the intellectual and philosophical paths taken by those who had conceived and crafted them: scientists, inventors or master-watchmakers. He experienced the privilege of entering the mechanical heart of some exceptional creations that were to set his own heart beating for years to come.

Francois Paul Journe’s first pocket watch with tourbillon (1983), entirely made by hand

The youthful watchmaker explored what he still views as “the golden age of watchmaking”: the 18th century. Abraham-Louis Breguet, Antide Janvier and some other talented masters of time triggered his first deep-felt horological emotions. Fascinated by what these men were able to accomplish with the means at their disposal, he began the construction of his first tourbillon pocket-watch at the age of twenty. His need for independence led him to set up his craftsman’s workshop on the rue de Verneuil, where he received visits from a select circle of informed collectors who commissioned him with making some one-of-a-kind creations. He will know how to pay homage to the watchmaking history in pursuing the research, creating timekeepers from which authenticity and technical innovations are respecting the ethics of these great masters.

The many watch awards he received encouraged him in his single-handed task of research and development. Quite soon the great names in the world of luxury and watchmaking called upon his talents to develop and create innovative movements. He designed and crafted mysterious clocks, the “sympathique” clock, and subtle mechanisms for unique creations.Increasing demand emanating from Switzerland led him to develop a Manufacture dedicated to building movements for various brands. He thereby placed his historical and technical knowledge as a watchmaking design engineer in the service of industry. Nonetheless, his secret desire remained to be able to offer contemporary timekeepers, based on a technical interpretation that could rightly claim to be both authentic and innovative, to a broader public.

Each of the unique pieces François-Paul Journe was creating was the result of countless hours of research, that he saw disappearing when the commissioner took up his watch. He then began dreaming about a collection of watches offering the same qualities – comfort, innovations and performances – but for a wider public!In 1994, François-Paul Journe started designing his vision of contemporary watchmaking and presented in 1999, a collection of wristwatches signed F.P.Journe with the Latin wording – Invenit et Fecit –, meaning “invented and made”, thereby certifying that each of the watches carrying his name results from an entirely original conception and rigorous craftsmanship.

His creative, intellectual and inventive thought process remains identical that when he was a craftsman, only the shaping changes considerably, with more contributors. His integrity in the creation of innovative timepieces, imposes him naturally as the link between the golden age of horological science and contemporary watchmaking. His creations have quickly imposed with the status of World Premiere, thanks to their unique conception, their originality and their technical performance.

François-Paul Journe perpetuates the long history of watchmaking and pays tribute to the Age of Enlightenment, by pursuing and extending the most decisive research in the unique science and craft represented by the measurement of time. He has become a subtle link between the watchmaking of yesterday and that of tomorrow.His creations were soon to establish themselves as world firsts, thanks to their technical originality and degree of performance.

The F.P.Journe Watch Collections

  • The Collection Souveraine: Comprising high-precision mechanical wristwatches with manual winding. They feature exclusive and technically innovative complicated exclusive F.P.Journe mechanisms.
  • The Collection Octa: A line of mechanical wristwatches with automatic winding presenting a unique and innovative concept; an exceptional power reserve of more than five days, over 120 hours, and a unique calibre for all models. Each presents the same thickness, whatever the complication may be.
  • The lineSport: A collection of ultra light watches specially conceived for a sportive activity, featuring a movement in aluminium, a case in Titanium and a bracelet in rubber or in Titanium.
  • The élégante: The first collection for Ladies introducing a revolutionary horological concept offering a very long autonomy of 8 to 10 years in daily use and up to 18 years in standby mode.
  • Limited series and special editions have been created exclusively for the F.P.Journe Boutiques such as the Black Label Collection, available solely to owners of an F.P.Journe watch, or the Boutique Anniversary Editions celebrating the creation of the first Boutique in Tokyo.

Manufacturing

Movements in worldwide exclusivity: Chronometers by F.P.Journe -Invenit et Fecit- possess a powerful aesthetic identity. They reflect a new vision of contemporary watchmaking. Their designer, who is above all a master-watchmaker, wanted simple, companionable and yet spectacular watches of round shape because they guarantee the best using of space; and the essential is housed within the very heart of his  exclusive movements.

François-Paul Journe wanted his chronometers to provide the indispensable information at first glance. The guilloché silver hour and minute dials are screwed by means of a patented system to the right-hand side of the 18-carat gold watch face for discreet read-off.

Limited Edition: It is hardly surprising to learn that the team of watchmakers are driven by a shared motivation: a return to a full-fledged watchmaker’s work. In an increasingly segmented industry, few watchmakers have the opportunity to create a watch from start to finish and even less are able to follow its destiny.In the workshops of François-Paul Journe, the watchmakers who have chosen to associate with him are all inspired by a common purpose: to pursue their training and hone their skills by working with new, exclusive and technically innovative calibres. All are keenly aware that more new introductions will be forthcoming and that technical challenges and learning experiences will be their daily lot. Each watchmaker is responsible for making a specific watch, according to his professional affinities and above all his technical sensitivity. His mission will be to perform all stages in assembling the watch: fitting the exclusive F.P.Journe movement, the often delicate rating process, casing-up and testing before submitting it to the “master” for an ultimate check.

Much like a cardiologist, a watchmaker becomes acquainted with the slightest reactions and vagaries of the mechanism which are so inherent in mechanical watches. Somewhat like a “godfather”, if one considers the design-engineer as the father, he becomes responsible for each watch for the guarantee period following purchase. Each stage is carefully recorded and enables a precise review of all the watchmaker’s gestures.It is a real privilege for these passionately dedicated watchmakers to follow the career of the watches they make. Each of them carries with it the secret of the number of hours the watchmaker has spent with it and thus acquires a unique dimension. It is imbued with the sense of companionship of which only its “godfather” can bring back the memories when meeting it at a later date. If necessary, he will find the means to restore his protégé to its initial radiance and ensure that its heart is as young as when they first parted !

Totally Innovative Construction:  Watches with a long power reserve of classical construction suffer from the fact that their small balance is sensitive to chocks and disturbances. All chronometers in the Souveraine and Octa collections houses an exclusive large-size four-arm balance, providing enhanced precision rating stability.

The Dials: In 18 ct red, white or yellow gold and in guilloché silver. In the collection by F.P.Journe-Invenit et Fecit- the dial reveals the most hidden secrets of the mysterious mechanical gear-trains. Thanks to his own dial-makers’ workshop, François-Paul Journe need make no concessions and can allow his imagination to roam freely. His dials are the authentic faces of his watches and their elegant features do far more than simply showing the time. Instead, they reveal the heart of each watch for all to admire.

Awards and Prizes

The many watch awards from around the world he received encouraged him in his task of research and development. Since 2002, François-Paul Journe has received distinctions every year at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie of Geneva, except in 2007 and 2009, since he was part of the Jury:

  • 2002 – Octa Calendrier – Special Jury Prize.
  • 2003 – Octa Lune – Prize for Best Men’s Watch.
  • 2004 – Tourbillon Souverain – Golden Hand « Aiguille d’Or ».
  • 2005 – Chronomètre Souverain – Prize for Best Men’s Watch.
  • 2006 – Sonnerie Souveraine – Golden Hand « Aiguille d’Or ».
  • 2008 – Centigraphe Souverain – Golden Hand « Aiguille d’Or ».
  • 2010 – Chronomètre à Résonance – Grand Complication Prize.

Other Prizes

  • 1987: Prize of the Fondation de la Vocation Bleustein-Blanchet.
  • 1994: Prix Gaia, Best Watchmaker.
  • 2003: Chronomètre à Résonance, Watch of the Year in Japan.
  • 2004: Tourbillon Souverain, Watch of the Year in Japan.
  • 2006: Title : Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the  Minister of French Culture.
  • 2006: Sonnerie Souveraine,  Watch of the Year in Japan.
  • 2008: Répétition Minute, Watch of the Year, Los Relojes del Ano (Tiempo de Relojes).
  • 2008: Minute Repeater, Best Technical Innovation in Champions of Time, China.
  • 2009: Centigraphe, Watch of The Year on Timezone.com.
  • 2009: The Répétition Souveraine received the Robb Report distinction “Best of The Best” Men’s Watch of the year.
  • 2010: Best Technical Innovation for the Vagabondage II at Champions of Times in China.
  • 2012: The Chronomètre Souverain is acclaimed Best Men’s Watch of the Year at the European Watch Award in London.
  • 2013: Best Independent Watchmaker 2013 by Spiral Magazine Hong Kong.
  • 2014: « Ladies Watch of the Year 2014 » for the élégante, Montre de l’Année in Geneva.
  • 2014: Best Independent Watchmaker 2014 by Spiral Magazine Hong Kong.
  • 2015: The Historical Tourbillon receives the Robb Report distinction “Best of The Best” for Classic Design.

Chronology

  • 1957: Birth of François-Paul Journe in Marseille (France)
  • 1976: Graduates from the Ecole d’horlogerie de Paris, Joins his uncle in his antique watch restoration workshop in Paris.
  • 1977: He starts working in his uncle Michel’s workshop and decided to construct his first chronometer with tourbillon. It will take him 5 years to complete it and he crafted each component himself as well as the case in Gold and Sliver.
  • 1979: Conception of a planetarium at the age of 22 for the House of Asprey in London. The Zodiac signs represent the 12 months of the year, and an additional arm supporting a gear train is animating the different planets gravitating around the sun.
  • 1983: Realisation of his first pocket watch with tourbillon entirely made by hand.
  • 1985: Sets up his first workshop on the rue de Verneuil in Paris.
  • 1986: Creation of its fifth timepiece, an automatic chronometer pocket-watch with fusée and chain housing a five-second remontoire and a detent escapement. The rock crystal dial reveals the retrograde perpetual calendar mechanism with the equation of time. This creation is inspired by the famous watch ordered from Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) for Marie-Antoinette.
  • 1987: Realisation of a unique piece : An astronomic planetary pocket-watch, especially commissioned by a collector of scientific objects. François-Paul Journe receives the Prize awarded by the Fondation de la Vocation Bleustein Blanchet. “ Becoming a laureate of the  ‘ Fondation de la Vocation ’, of which only thirty per year are chosen from among thousands of candidates.
  • 1988: Creates the “Sympatique” clock for Asprey’s of London
  • 1989: “Balancier d’Or” Prize awarded at the Watchmakers Convention in Madrid, Establishes a movement Manufacture in Switzerland.
  • 1991: Creation of the first wristwatch with tourbillon including for the first time, the remontoire (constant force device) François-Paul Journe created in 1982 during the making of his second pocket watch. This watch was the prototype of the Tourbillon Souverain. He has manufactured the movement in 18K Gold.
  • 1994: Gaia Watchmaker of the Year award from the Musée de l’Homme et du Temps
  • 1996: Creates TIM SA in Geneva, devoted to developing exclusive calibres in the service various brands
  • 1999: Launches a collection of chronometers signed F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit. World Premiere : Presents the first Tourbillon Souverain (collection Souveraine)
  • 2000: Presents the “Sonnerie Souveraine” in homage to the new Century. World Premiere : Invents the first resonance wristwatch “Chronomètre à Résonance”. Establishes the workshops of the brand in the centre of Geneva. rue de l’Arquebuse/rue de la Synagogue
  • 2001: Birth of Maxime,Introduces the first F.P.Journe automatic movement (Octa clollection): the first in the world to ensure precision timekeeping performances for full five days when not worn. Associates with the American company Harry Winston in creating eighteen exceptional one-of-a-kind creations constituting the Opus One collection of 18 pieces
  • 2002: Acquires the first item in the collection of Montres Journe SA: the resonance regulator made around 1780 by the famous French watchmaker Antide Janvier. Acquisition of the building rue de l’Arquebuse/rue de la Synagogue in the centre of Geneva – 90% of the components are manufactured there. First private exhibition in his headquarters in Geneva.
  • 2002: Won the special prize of the jury of the “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève” for the Octa calendrier model
  • 2003: Opening of Montres Journes Japon KK with the creation of a F.P.Journe Boutique.  Opening of the first salon of Montres Journe in Tokyo. Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, “Men watch” award for the model Octa Lune,Watch of the Year award in Japan. The Chronomètre à Résonance receives the Jury Prize “Watch of the Year”
  • 2004: Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Receives the ultimate ”Gold Hand” Award 2004 for the model Tourbillon Souverain, Watch of the Year award in Japan,The Tourbillon Souverain receives the Grand Prize Watch of the Year
  • 2005: Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2005 F.P. Journe receives the “best men’s watch” award for the Chronomètre Souverain
  • 2006: Annual exhibition 4th to 8th April in Geneva, François-Paul Journe honoured with the title of «Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres» by the French Minister of Culture. Creation of Montres Journe Hong-Kong with the opening of a F.P.Journe Boutique in Prince’s Building. Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2006 Receives for the second time the ultimate ”Gold Hand” Award for the model Sonnerie Souveraine. In Japan, F.P.Journe receives the “Watch of the Year Award” 2006 for the Sonnerie Souveraine.
  • 2007: Inauguration of the new Exhibition Space in the Manufacture Montres Journe Genève featuring an exceptional astronomical clock by C.L Detouche, (1855), restored during 3 years by the Musée d’Horlogerie of  la Chaux de Fonds. Inauguration of the first Boutique F.P.Journe in Europe at 13 place Longemalle in the historical centre of Geneva. Inauguration of the first franchised Boutique F.P.Journe in the United States, on Mizner Park at Boca Raton, Florida. Creation of the Centigraphe, exponential chronograph measuring the 100th of a second.
  • 2008 : Creation of the ultra slim Répétition Souveraine. A re-invention of the minute repeater mechanism was necessary to realise this ultra slim movement of only 4.00 mm thick. More reminiscent of a simple hand wind calibre than a highly intricate and complex grand complication watch.
  • 2011: Creation of the Octa UTC. Creation of the lineSport, first sports wristwatch collection entirely in high technology aluminium alloy.
  • 2012: Creation of the Chronomètre Optimum. It symbolises the essence of precision for a wristwatch and encompasses the finest  components in the history of watch making, reunited for the first time in one watch ; the double barrel – the 1 second remontoire –  the new EBHP High-Performance Bi-axial Escapement – the balance with a spiral with Phillips curve – and the natural dead beat  second on the back.
  • 2013: Creation of the Quantième Perpétuel with instantaneous jump, offering perfect readability through an uncluttered dial with large  apertures, and a great easiness of use. Creation of the historic Anniversary Tourbillon celebrating 30 years of exceptional watch creations

F.P.JOURNE BOUTIQUES

Because the exceptional F.P.Journe timepieces of watchmaking art deserve to be brought out to their true dimension, the brand opened a network of 9 Flagship Boutiques in Geneva, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Miami, Los Angeles, Beirut and Kiev. The first one was opened in 2004 in Tokyo, followed by Hong Kong, Boca Raton and Geneva.

These   F.P.JOURNE BOUTIQUES enable to control an exclusive and international distribution with carefully trained collaborators.  There the visitor may discover the pieces of the “Souveraine”, “Octa”, “lineSport” and “élégante” collections in the brand’s exclusive universe, as well as special editions that are reserved solely for them such as the Black Label collection, the Boutique Edition or the Boutique Anniversary Timepiece.

The identical decoration for each Boutique-lounge is realised by François-Paul Journe, with as much care as he is taking to produce his watches. They allow the visitor to penetrate an exclusive watch universe in a refined, elegant and comfortable environment. They feature a relaxing sitting area, a library in which collectors can find numerous books and magazines about watches, a bar in which they can exchange about their shared passion, and show cases of aerial design presenting the elitist collection from this prodigious creator.

  • TOKYO : Collezione 6 -1- 3, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107- 0062, Japan.
  • HONG KONG : Shop G35, G/F., Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, China.
  • GENEVA: 13, Place Longemalle, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland.
  • BOCA RATON : 310  North Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432, USA.
  • PARIS: 63, Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France.
  • BEIJING : Zone 3, China World Mall,1 Jianguomenwai Ave, Chaoyang District, 100004, Beijing, China.
  • NEW YORK : 721 Madison Avenue, 64th. Street, New York, NY 10065, USA.
  • MIAMI: Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154, USA.
  • LOS ANGELES : 8608 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069-2302, USA.
  • BEIRUT: Sofil Centre, Charles Malek Avenue, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • KIEV : 12/3 Gorodetskogo Street, 01001 KIEV – Ukraine

Contact details
Montres Journe SA
17 Rue de l’Arquebuse
1204 Geneva
Official website: http://www.fpjourne.com

 

F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain with Régence Circulaire Hand-Engraved Dial

Luxury watch manufacture F.P.Journe presents a special edition Tourbillon Souverain watch featuring the exclusive Régence Circulaire dial. Made in a limited edition of only 20 pieces, this timepiece takes us to the golden age of time measurement. The Régence Circulaire motif, which pays homage to the clockmakers and artisans of the 18th century, was inspired by geometrical motifs of the Regency period.

The Tourbillon Souverain with the remontoire or constant force device system, which the brand values since 1983 for its timekeeping performances, is enriched with the addition of an independent dead-beat second. This complication, representing a unique feature on a contemporary wristwatch, provides a more accurate read-off of time. The French term for “dead second” (seconde morte) or “dead-beat seconds”, stems from the fact that the hand remains motionless (“dead”) for as long as the second has not actually elapsed. The hand thus indicates the second once it has actually gone past.

The Tourbillon Souverain is still the most accurate on the market today. This exceptional mechanism in 18K rose Gold, specificity of the brand, reveals its technical performance through the transparent sapphire crystal case-back.

Dressed in a 40mm case in 18K red Gold, the Tourbillon Souverain with Régence Circulaire hand-engraved dial is available exclusively in the F.P.Journe Boutiques and Espaces.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre F.P.Journe 1403
Movement in 18K rose gold
Manually wound by 20 turns
Number of components: 179
Jewels: 26
Overall diameter: 32.40mm
Cased-up diameter: 32.00mm
Overall height: 7.15mm
Height of winding stem: 2.53mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20mm

Balance
4 inertia weights
Flat Anachron balance spring with Philips overcoil
Pinned stud
Free-sprung
Spring pinned to collet
Frequency: 21’600VPH, 3Hz
Inertia: 11.00mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 280°; 24h dial up: > 280°

Main characteristics
Tourbillon with constant force and dead seconds
2 positions winding crown: Manual winding in position 1 and Time adjustment by crown in position 2
Escapement: 15 tooth escape wheel; 90° anchor fork

Indications
Hours and minutes at 3h00
Sub-seconds at 6h00
Power reserve at 12h00
Power reserve: 42 ± 2 hours

Decoration
Circular stripes on the bridges
Geneva waves on baseplate
Screw heads polished and bevelled
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case
18K red gold
Diameter: 40mm
Height: 9.90mm

Dial
18K white Gold engraved by hand with hour sub dial in Silver guilloché, small second sub dial in Silver, blued Steel hands

F.P.Journe Organises its Fifth Golf Cup in Partnership with Laurent-Perrier

Swiss luxury watch brand F.P.Journe, in partnership with the legendary champagne house Laurent-Perrier, organized its fifth Golf Cup at the prestigious Geneva Golf Club with the Greensome Stableford type of play.

Geneva Golf Club

F.P.Journe presented the model of the lineSport, the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante with manual winding and large date and metal bracelet assorted to their respective case, available in Titanium, 18K red Gold or Platinum. The lineSport is a collection of very light watches conceived for a sportive activity, with a movement in aluminium for the Titanium version and in 18 K rose Gold for the red Gold or Platinum version.

F.P.Journe rewarded the winners of the overall score, Nicolas and Corinne Rey, with a jeroboam of champagne Laurent Perrier La Cuvée. The winners of the net score, Arthur and Frédéric Turrettini, each received a magnum of champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and the seconds, Andrea Cavalleri and Marie-Christine de Werra, a magnum of Vieilles Vignes Château Le Rosey.

The winners in the Junior category, Thomas Delale and Nathan Vuilleumier, each received a golf bag F.P.Journe. The winner of the draw, Frédéric Couson, has been awarded a magnificent F.P.Journe clock Chronomètre Souverain.

F.P.Journe Élégante Joaillerie Version

Luxury watch manufacture F.P.Journe introduces a new high jewellery edition of their élégante watch collection for women.

In this new Joaillerie edition, the 40 mm Platinum patented ® flat Tortue case of the new élégante watch is pave-set with diamonds intertwined with rubies, blue sapphires, tsavorites or black diamonds and a powdered satin bracelet of matching colour. The dial is also set with similar stones and a diamond hour circle. The black diamond version features an opposite setting. The folding clap is also set with diamonds.

The élégante by F.P.Journe boasts a very long autonomy of 8 to 18 years depending if in daily use or in standby mode. The electromechanical movement is fitted with a mechanical motion detector visible on the dial at 4h30. After 30 minutes motionless, the watch switches to standby mode in order to save energy and its hands stop turning.

During the standby mode, the microprocessor continues to measure time, but the mechanical elements – gear train, rotors and hands, stop moving. As soon as the watch is worn again, the hands automatically set themselves to the correct time, taking the shortest path, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise.

The élégante is also available:-
-With a 40 mm Titanium case, with or without diamonds, luminescent dial and rubber strap, available in 7 colours.
-With a 40 mm 18K red Gold case, set with one row of diamonds, pave set or without diamonds.
-With a case in Platinum pave-set with diamonds, dial also pave-set.
-With a 48 mm oversized Titanium case with rubber strap in 9 colours or with diamond pave-set bezel, on karung silver white snake strap.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre 1210
Electro-mechanical
Patented two-rotor motor
Dedicated processor, specific functions and low consumption
Quartz frequency: 32’768 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 minutes motionless
Restart and automatic time setting when the watch is put back on
Motion detector with inertia 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 mode: 18 years

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Small second at 6h00

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

Case
Dimensions: Flat Tortue in Platinum 40.0 x 35.0 mm
Total thickness: 7.35 mm
Transparent sapphire back
Water resistant to 30 m, screw down crown

Dial
Inner dial set precious coloured stones, hour ring with diamonds
Outer dial with screwed Steel elements
Blued Steel hands

Bracelet
Powdered satin assorted to the precious stones

Number of components
Number of jewels: 18
Movement: 132
Including case and strap: 162

Setting
Case:-
– 315 diamonds VVS F/G for 2.81 carats and 72 rubies or blue sapphires for 0.71 carat
– 315 diamonds VVS F/G for 2.81 carats and 72 tsavorites for 0.64 carat
– 315 diamonds VVS F/G for 2.84 carats and 72 black diamonds for 0.68 carat
Inner dial:
– Set with 217 rubies, blue sapphires or tsavorites and hour circle with 163 diamonds for a total of 0.79 carat
– Set with 259 white diamonds and hour ring with 121 black diamonds for a total of 0.74 carat

Folding clasp in Platinum also set with 18 diamonds for 0.95 carat.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Resonance: The Only Wristwatch in the World That Functions with the Physical Resonance Phenomenon

The year 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of a project started by renowned master watchmaker François-Paul Journe in 1983 in order to manufacture worlds’ first mechanical wristwatch that incorporates the phenomena of Physical Resonance in its working principle.

Resonance is a natural acoustic phenomenon. Any animate body transmits a vibration to its environment. When another body picks up this vibration at the same frequency, it absorbs its energy. In watchmaking it means two independent movements set side by side which get in synchronization.

Christian Huygens (1629-1692), the great Dutch physicist, mathematician, astronomer, horologist and inventor, was the first to observe and make note that two pendulum clocks placed on the same wall synchronized their movements. By the coupling the system has two of its own modes that correspond to the phase movements and the opposed phase movements of the two pendulums. The synchronisation takes place on the first mode. Another great horologer who succeeded to use the principle in the art of watch making was Antide Janvier (1751-1835), the legendary French clock maker renowned for his “double pendulum clocks”, also called “Resonance clocks”, which he was the first to make.

The Resonance Regulator made around 1780 by Antide Janvier

At the entrance of the F.P.Journe manufacture’s ateliers, a fascinating clock occupies the place of honour, the second of three double regulators constructed by Antide Janvier. The first is kept at the Paul Dupuis museum in Toulouse and the 3rd at the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva.

Antide Janvier built his first moving sphere in wood at the age of 15, a feat that two years later received recognition from the Science Academy of Besançon. Young François-Paul started making his first tourbillon watch at the age of 20 and when he was 22 years old he designed a first planetarium.

Amongst the numerous masterpieces made by Antide Janvier, complicated astronomic clocks, planetarium and other remarkable spheres with equations, we are here reminded of his mastery of the physical resonance phenomenon in a regulator, a natural phenomenon that only F.P.Journe today perpetuates using this difficult and delicate technique with a modern conception, that of a mechanical wristwatch that was made to provide the greatest precision.

So far, no one had ever tried to accommodate a working double pendulum mechanism in the small space available in a wristwatch. François-Paul Journe took several years to meet this impossible challenge. During the early stages of research he made a prototype movement however that did not yet perform according to his expectations.

Prototype Resonance movement by François-Paul Journe, circa 1983

He then abandoned the project for a few years but he did not stop thinking about Antide Janvier’s pendulum. Hands, brain, calculations, sketches and prototypes all resonate in François-Paul Journe’s mind as he worked non-stop at his designer’s desk. This should function, and finally “this” does function.

The first wrist-watch with “resonance” ® (protected trademark), was commercialized as a world premiere in the year 2000.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Resonance 38mm

This emblematic timekeeper is a clear demonstration of François-Paul Journe’s research for precision in watchmaking. He devised, developed and built this movement to meet the demands of actual wear on the wrist and thereby provide chronometric performance driven to extremes, this watch represents one of the wildest challenges in the field of mechanical watches.

Each of the two balances alternately serves as exciter and resonator. When the two balances are in movement, they enter into harmony thanks to the resonance phenomenon and begin to beat naturally in opposition. The two balances then support each other, giving more inertia to their movement.

F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Resonance with New York Dial 

This result is possible only if the difference of the frequency from one to the other does not exceed 5 seconds per day cumulated on six positions. Their setting is an extremely delicate task. Whereas an external disturbing movement affects the running of a traditional mechanical watch, the same disturbance, for the Chronomètre à Resonance, produces an effect that accelerates one of the balances as much as it slows the other down. Little by little, the two balances come back towards each other to find their point of harmony, thus eliminating the disturbance.

This mechanism revolutionizes established standards and offers an amount of precision that had never been equaled in a mechanical wristwatch.

In 2004, F.P.Journe presented new edition of the Chronomètre à Résonance that features for the first time an 18K rose Gold movement.

In 2010, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the emblematic Chronomètre à Resonance, F.P.Journe, presented a new version indicating 24 hours with a dial at 9 o’clock, precisely showing the hours of day and night.

The dial in Silver guilloche at 3 o’clock provides a second time zone indicating local time. The Chronomètre à Resonance was awarded the Grand Complication Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2010.

F.P.Journe Young Talent Competition 2018

Since 2015, the Young Talent Competition allows discovering the next generation of most talented young watchmaking apprentices in the world, supports them in their route to independence by identifying their achievements and putting them under the spotlight. F.P.Journe organised the Young Talent Competition this year with the support of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH).

F.P.Journe awarded the Prizes for the third year to the winning young talents, on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, during the press conference at the SIHH in Geneva.

The jury of the Young Talent Competition 2018 was composed of key personalities from the international horological scene: Philippe Dufour, Giulio Papi, Andreas Strehler, Marc Jenni, Pascal Ravessoud, Michael Tay, Elizabeth Doerr and François-Paul Journe. Their selection criteria have been based on technical achievement, the search for complexity in their realization, their sense of design and aesthetics.

The 2018 winners received a diploma and a CHF 3,000 grant from Horotec.

The 2018 winners are: Charles Routhier, Rémy Cools and Théo Auffret.

Watchmaker: Charles Routhier

Creation: Halley – Wristwatch inspired by astronomy and bearing the name of the renowned comet Halley.

This watch carries the name of the famous comet “Halley” that can be seen every 76 years. Its inspiration was found in the many details linked to astronomy (comets, stars, constellations, planets).

Its night blue face with a visible pendulum (heart of the watch) and its bridge in the shape of a comet make it a very poetic, blended and attractive watch. The bridge mechanism is inspired by the ancient astrolabes. Orion’s constellation is hidden among the stardust. The pendulum bridge is in the shape of a comet.

Technical details

Case: Steel diameter 42 mm, height 13.00 mm
Movement: 28’800 V/h, anchor escapement, 14 jewels
Functions: hours, minutes Dial: Brass golden 5N and palladium, circled by hand, Onyx cabochon and metallic pearls, comet shaped balance Spring Bridge at 12h.
Specificities: Baseplate and bridges conceived and made by hand, the pin of the anchor is turned over and its small shaft is displaced in order to put the pendulum and its bridge into the shape of a comet on the dial. The time setting is made of only two parts which allows for a simple milling and assembly. The movement is made of 18 machined or reworked parts, without counting the cinematic, the sets of screws and pins.

Watchmaker: Rémy Cools

Creation: Mechanica Tempus Pendulette Tourbillon – A whirlwind clock set on a foundation with parts from a L’Epée clock and on a theme related to the great eras of watchmaking.

This clock features an imposing tourbillon to obtain more movement. The clock has an off-centre display as well as an inclining movement system inspired by maritime chronometers. It allows the movement to lean in all the various directions so as to see the movement from all angles. It follows all the codes for little office clocks one usually thinks of. It has a style with traditional shapes but is still very contemporaneous.

The clock features some of the finishing techniques such as chamfered polishing, blocked polishing, strapping as well as more modern finishing like sanding. The contrast between the golden parts and grey rhodied as well as with the sanding, the chamfering and the traditional engravings give it a rather interesting depth. The stand and the storage case for the key are made of jatoba (courbaril) wood.

Technical details

Display of the hour and the minutes, display of the seconds by the tourbillon, winding and time-setting by key.
Dimensions: H 30 cm x L 20 cm x D 15 cm Movement: Diameter 110 mm, thickness 30 mm
Dial: Diameter 60 mm, diameter sanded background 45 mm, circling on the periphery i.e 7.5 mm, fixation screws identify 3h and 9h
Indication: Hours and minutes, second indications from the Tourbillon, winding and time setting with key.
Specificities: Tourbillon cage 42 mm diameter doing a complete rotation in 60 seconds.

Watchmaker: Théo Auffret

Creation: Tourbillon à Paris – Handmade Tourbillon regulator chronometer “à Paris” with traditional techniques

The Tourbillon à Paris watch was entirely hand-made. The movement is composed of a flat central base plate in maillechort and bridges, front and back. A great wheel meshes a cage rotating in 60 seconds. The balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 18000 V/h. The chronometric cylinder is very high and allows for a tall spring that is long and thin to prolong the ideal chronometric period as much as possible. The cylinder, and the centre gear and the free-moving pinion are from the Maison Peuseux’s 260 high-end calibre, who created this movement in the first part of the twentieth century.

The centre gear meshes with a large mid-gear and this construction is not found very often because the module used is larger than the preceding one, but this choice makes it possible to reduce the number of gears in the calibre so as to reach the cage pinion of the Tourbillon, in fact, each gear added increases friction and reduces the efficiency of the calibre. Also, the large modules make it possible to have a very precise gear at the level of the interaxe. So a strong force will easily get to the cage pinion. Besides, the mid-gear rotation is visible due to the size of the cut-out.

The display is of the “regulator” type, so the hour hand is off-centre on the face made of silver and the minute hand in the centre joins a face in “a path of dots” on the outside of the front face. The hands were manufactured on 8 mm tour in 20AP steel for a perfect escapement, then finished with a file. Due to certain height limitations on certain parts, the watchmaker used key-screws, so one is visible above the escapement. This old technique keeps it firmly stable at only one point, but each time it has to be adjusted by hand.

Only two bridges are made of steel, on the back of the watch, and hold the last level of the watch, which is the cage pinion and the large mid-gear. All the screws were manufactured on a Schaublin 102, in steel, soaked, angled, pulled then polished. The case and the loop were handmade by twisting 900/1000 silver and by welding silver bars. The case alone required one month of work. The crown is made of white gold and the traversing loop screw of titanium. The cases mineral crystals were custom-made by a craftsman in Paris who worked with a case blank.

Technical details

Case: Silver 38 mm diameter, thickness 11.5 mm, silver clasp Movement: 14.5 lines, maillechort and steel bridges, spiral with Phillips curve, 18’000 V/h Escapement: lateral anchor wheel from Jaeger LeCoultre approx 1920 Power reserve: 40 hours Functions: Hours, minutes and 60 seconds cage Dial: Hours in fine silver, circled, polished, hands turned by hand and filed, polished and blued Bracelet: Alligator navy blue.

Specificities: The construction was studied in roder to prepare the piece for Chronometry in the easiest way, poising, setting. The sensitive watch organs have been specifically prepared to be solid and reliable (time setting, winding, click with large recoil. The goal being to make a solid and easy to wear watch on a daily basis.

F.P.Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante (Mono-pusher Split Second Chronograph)

F.P.Journe expands its lineSport collection with the new Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante, available in 3 case versions in Platinum PT 950, 18 K red Gold or Titanium grade 5. The case of 44 mm diameter and 12 mm thick encloses the new monopoussoir split second chronograph movement with a very large date, made in 18 K rose Gold for the Platinum and the red Gold versions and in Aluminium alloy for the Titanium version.

For Platinum and red-gold versions, two new bracelets in Platinum and red Gold with matte finishing have been developed while the Titanium bracelet is identical to the existing lineSport version. Rubber inserts are fixed on the case and the bracelet links to protect the watch from frictions on smooth surface like bumpers of ancient automobiles. The links attached to the case are also articulated to adapt to the different wrist sizes with an adjustable folding clasp in length of approximately 5 mm.

This Chronograph features a power reserve of 80 hours making it possible to efficiently use the chronograph with the rattrapante function after 2 days and a very large date in a window of 5.20 x 2.80 mm provides an increased readability.

For each of the 3 versions, a dial of a different colour:
– For the Platinum model, a blue-mauve colour silver guilloche dial with appliques numerals in matte white Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte rhodied hands.
– For the red Gold model, a silver guilloche dial covered with Ruthenium and appliques numerals in matte red Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte 5N Golden hands.
– For the Titanium model, a dial in Aluminum alloy of anthracite colour with appliques numerals with Superluminova, 2 chronograph counters in engraved sapphire and hands with Superluminova.

The tachymetric bezel inlaid with ceramic and the new typographic numerals are a reminder of the Only Watch timepiece.

A rubber overmolded crown with 3 positions:
– Position 1: winding.
– Position 2: correction of the very large date.
– Position 3: time setting.

The pushers are made in the same metal as the case:
– A pusher at 2h for the chronograph start, stop and back to zero functions.
– A pusher at 4h for the rattrapante.

This new calibre 1518 with manual winding, conceived by F.P. Journe, is entirely made and assembled in-house. F.P. Journe perpetuates the watchmaking tradition and maintains exclusive craftsmanship since every experienced watchmaker performs all the assembly stages from beginning to end, a unique case in the profession. Inspired by the Chronograph made for Only Watch, this new movement features a chronograph direct gearing with a rocking pinion avoiding the jump of the hand at the start.

An important development was required to integrate the very large date in a total height of only 6.80 mm, signature of the F.P.Journe brand. The magnificent finishing and decorations of the movement are visible through a transparent sapphire back.

Technical details
Movement
Exclusive F.P.Journe Calibre 1518
– in 18 K rose Gold for the Platinum PT 950 or 18 K red Gold models
– in Aluminium alloy for the Titanium grade 5 model
Mechanical with manual winding
38 turns of crown

Dimensions of the Movement
Overall diameter: 33.60 mm
Casing-up diameter: 33.20 mm
Overall height: 6.80 mm
Height of hands: 2.20 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance
In-line lever escapement, 15-tooth escape wheel
Chronometric with four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron balance spring
Mobile stud holders
Free-sprung balance
Nivatronic laser-welded to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 12 h flat: > 300° / 12 h vertical: > 260°

Autonomy
Over 80 hours without the chronograph

Indications
Central hours and minutes
Register 60 seconds at 9h
Register 30 minutes jumping chronograph at 3h
Very large date at 6h

Finishing
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

Case
Platinum PT 950 / 18 K red Gold / Titanium grade 5, with rubber inserts
Diameter 44 mm
Total height 12.10 mm

Crown and pushers
Crown rubber over-molded with 3 positions
Position 1: winding
Position 2: correction of the date
Position 3: time setting
Pusher chronograph to start, stop and back to zero at 2h
Pusher split-second at 4h

Dial
Platinum model: Silver guilloche blue-mauve colour, rhodied Gold appliqué numerals, two Silver chronograph counter and rhodied hands.
18K red Gold model: Silver guilloche covered with Ruthenium, mat red Gold appliqué numerals, two Silver chronograph counters and 5N golden hands
Titanium model: Aluminium anthracite colour, appliqué numerals with Superluminova, two transparent sapphire engraved chronograph counters, hands with Superluminova

Bracelet
Platinum PT 950, 18 K red Gold or Titanium grade 5, with rubber inserts

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 285
Cased up with strap: 562
Jewel: 29

F.P. Journe Patrimoine Celebrate a Successful First Anniversary

A very positive assessment a year after for the F.P.Journe Patrimoine Service: 22 collectors have been thrilled by the concept and acquired a rare watch. The brand thus retains control of its image and guarantees the authenticity of its collector’s watches.

A year ago, F.P.Journe announced the creation of the Patrimoine service giving its collectors the opportunity to enrich their collection in complete confidence, by purchasing rare watches that are no longer manufactured. F.P.Journe has always been committed to respecting the principles of limited series in never producing more watches than announced regardless of their success.

F.P. Journe purchases watches from past collections that are not produced anymore (brass movement, unique pieces, and limited editions). Francois-Paul Journe personally evaluates each offer and validates the purchase.

The F.P. Journe Manufacture then completely restores and updates these timepieces in its Geneva workshops. These collector pieces then qualify for a new three-year sales warranty and are delivered with a new box and certificate.

The watches are listed on http://www.fpjourne.com and are available upon client request in the F.P.Journe Boutiques. Acquiring one of these watches means participating in a chapter of F.P.Journe’s incredible horological adventure, and allows the buyer to become a part of its history and savoir-faire, symbol of excellence, tradition and innovation to serve the quest of precision.