F. P. Journe

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François-Paul Journe                                                                                                                                                          

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND F.P. JOURNE

The short answer is François-Paul Journe—defender of horological principles and the ethics of traditional watchmaking.

From everything that I’ve learned over the years about Journe, he is his own man and no one has ever owned him, or his time. Reports are that he was ejected from watchmaking-school after only two years of study at the age of 14, although it’s never been clear to me for exactly what such action was taken. One can imagine that he was a bit strong-headed but that was before he went to work with his Parisian uncle, a well-respected clock maker and restorer.

It was here that young Journe began in earnest the study of 18th and 19th Century French master watchmakers such as Abraham-Louis Breguet and Antid Janvier. By birth, Journe too was a Frenchman and so it was natural for him to become fascinated with the horological work accomplished by these two in particular.

While working with his uncle in Paris, he began to develop ideas and concepts for his own movement to be completely handmade. He succeeded in making his first fully functional watch at age 20. By that time the watch industry was turned upside down by the race to produce electronic watches and little interest remained in commercial mechanical watches.

The somewhat reserved, or perhaps shy, Journe kept pretty much on the same course and was not at all distracted by this new trend. However, several friends commissioned Journe to construct handmade watches for them and eventually he had watch collectors and aficionados seeking him out for the unique, handmade creations produced in his rue de Verneuil workshop.

Journe’s watchmaking stature grew and so did his business. He moved to Switzerland to expand his operations and by 1999, he launched his current company under his own nameplate utilizing his initials and sir name, F.P. Journe. At the same time he introduced his first Souverain tourbillon and the mantra for his small company became “invent and make,” or in Latin, Invenit et Fecit.

Unlike most other watchmakers, Journe chose not to produce his mechanical movements in brass, but rather in rose gold, which is highly complicated, Platinum, also very complicated, and Titanium, as well complicated. In addition, Journe was very strict about the notion to produce everything in-house—not only all of the movement components, but also the dials and cases. This apparently was due to his independent thinking, which led him not rely on others for his supplies, but to rather be a true manufacture of high level, or haute horlogerie, timepieces, with almost 100% produced within in his own premises.

Today, Journe produces just over 900 watches per year through his namesake company and he doesn’t have big plans to expand so that he can remain exclusive, be true to his principles, and to avoid excessive debt like some watchmakers he knows that have lost their own companies and their own names. Journe isn’t going there.

GLEN B. BOWEN, COPYRIGHT 2017 

                       COLLECTIONS                                  SOUVERAINE // OCTA // LINESPORT //    ÉLÉGANTE // BOUTIQUE //  LIMITED SERIES // JEWELLERY // RETROSPECTIVES

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

SOUVERAINE
COLLECTION

THE CHRONOMÈTRE BLEU IS INNOVATIVE WITH ITS 39 MM CASE MADE FOR THE FIRST TIME OF TANTALUM, A RARE DARK GREY METAL WITH BLUE OVERTONES. TANTALUM IS A WONDERFUL METAL BUT RARELY USED IN WATCHMAKING AS IT IS HARD AND VERY DIFFICULT TO MANIPULATE, DUE TO ITS VERY HIGH FUSION TEMPERATURE OF 3800° AND A DENSITY OF 16.6. TANTALUM IS ALSO PRECIOUS AS IT IS HIGHLY RESISTANT TO CORROSION AND WEAR. IT ALSO OFFERS NON ALLERGIC PROPERTIES AS IT IS TOTALLY BIO COMPATIBLE WITH THE HUMAN BODY.

THE BLUE CHROME DIAL IS IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH THE COLOUR OF THE CASE IN A  CONTEMPORARY  SPIRIT.  THE F.P. JOURNE HANDS, MATCHING THE LARGE CREAM-COLOURED ARABIC NUMERALS, MARK THE HOURS WHILE THE GUILLOCHÉ SECONDS DIAL AT 7:30 ENHANCES THE MIRROR EFFECT OF THE MAIN DIAL.THROUGH THE TRANSPARENT BACK, THE BALANCE AND ESCAPEMENT APPEAR TO BE MYSTERIOUSLY DETACHED FROM THE MOVEMENT, BEATING WITH NO APPARENT MOTIVE FORCE. F.P. JOURNE HAS PLACED THE CONNECTING TRAIN UNDER THE DIAL, LEAVING ONLY THE CENTRE WHEEL TO HIGHLIGHT THE ISOLATION OF THE BALANCE.

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Movement inspired by early 19th-century marine chronometry.
Twin barrels, in the classic configuration of precision watches, work in parallel to deliver stable power for much of their 56-hour indicated reserve.

MOVEMENT: Manually wound: 38 turns // Movement in 18K rose gold // 22 jewels // DIMENSIONS : 30.40 mm // BALANCE: Four inertia weight; Flat Anachron micro flamed spring; Mobile stud holders; Free sprung; Nivatronic laser-welded to collet; Pinned GE stud; Piton GE goupillé // AMPLITUDE: 0h dial up : 320°; 24h dial up : 280° //CHARACTERISTICS: Manual winding; Two mainspring barrels in parallel; Time adjustment via crown in position 2; Pallet escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel; Two position crownManual winding; Two mainspring barrels in parallel; Time adjustment via crown in position 2; Pallet escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel; Two position crown //  INDICATIONS: Central hours and minutes; Sub-second at 7h30; Power reserve: 56 hours +- 2h.

THE MANUALLY WOUND MOVEMENT OF THE CHRONOMÈTRE BLEU OSCILLATES AT 21,600V/H. TWIN BARRELS, IN THE CLASSIC CONFIGURATION OF PRECISION WATCHES, WORK IN PARALLEL TO DELIVER STABLE POWER FOR MUCH OF ITS 56-HOUR FULL AUTONOMY. THE F.P. JOURNE FREE-SPRUNG CHRONOMETER BALANCE WITH INERTIA ADJUSTMENT ON FOUR OPPOSING WEIGHTS IS DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTED TO ALL POSITIONS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON CONSTANCY OF RATE.

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Watches with long power reserves have hitherto been handicapped by small balances which are susceptible to shocks and disturbances. The Octa's compact construction allows a large (10.1 mm) balance to be fitted, giving greater inertia and stability. The free-sprung chronometer balance is adjusted by five turning weights that vibrate at a steady 21'600 times an hour.

Fully wound, the Octa delivers chronometric precision for 120 hours. The meter-long mainspring supplies an average 850gr of torque, limiting the loss in balance amplitude to 25% over the five-day period. Beyond that time, the watch will continue to go for another day or two, but the amplitude-loss no longer guarantees precision timekeeping.

OCTA
COLLECTION

OPTIMAL BALANCE BETWEEN FORCE, WINDING SPEED AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

F.P. JOURNE HAS CREATED A WARM-COLOURED DIAL THAT PERFECTLY MATCHES THE 40MM PLATINUM CASES AND THE CARAMEL ALLIGATOR STRAPS OF THE OCTA AUTOMATIQUE RÉSERVE AND THE OCTA AUTOMATIQUE LUNE.

THE DIAL COLOUR IS UNIQUE TO F.P. JOURNE, A RESULT OF THE COMPANY’S WELL-TENDED INDEPENDENCE, WHICH ENSURES ITS CREATIVE FREEDOM. IT WAS DEVELOPED BY JOURNE’S OWN DIALMAKERS, LES CADRANIERS DE GENÈVE, IN A PROCESS LASTING SEVERAL MONTHS. IN ESSENCE, IT IS A COMBINATION OF GOLD AND RUTHENIUM. BUT TO GET THE COLOUR JUST RIGHT REQUIRED MANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE FORMULA.

THE TWO MODELS REPRESENT A WATCHMAKING IDEAL BLENDING COMFORT, INNOVATION AND RELIABILITY. 

THE ONE-METER LONG MAINSPRING AND EXTREMELY FAST AUTOMATIC WINDING GIVE THESE WATCHES

AUTONOMY OF MORE THAN FIVE DAYS AND MAKE THEM VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

A SPECIFIC WHEEL TRAIN ALLOWS PRECISE MOON PHASE INDICATIONS FOR THE OCTA AUTOMATIQUE LUNE. ADJUSTING THE INDICATIONS IS DONE VIA THE CROWN, WHICH MAKES IT VERY EASY TO USE. THESE WATCHES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON A PLATINUM BRACELET.

LINESPORT
COLLECTION

F.P. JOURNE STRENGTHENS ITS “LINESPORT” AND LAUNCHES THE OCTA MODEL WITH AUTOMATIC WINDING IN A TITANIUM VERSION, WITH MOVEMENT IN ALUMINUM. AN EXCLUSIVE NEW WATCH OF AN ASTOUNDING LIGHTNESS, THOUGHT AND CONCEIVED SPECIFICALLY FOR A PROFICIENT SPORTIVE ACTIVITY.

THE OCTA AUTOMATIQUE RÉSERVE PRESENTS THE NEW MOVEMENT ENTIRELY MADE OF ALUMINUM RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE “LINESPORT”. WITH AN EXTREME LIGHTNESS IN ABSOLUTE COMFORT, THE WATCH IN ITS TOTALITY ONLY WEIGHS AROUND 60 GRAMS (ON RUBBER BRACELET).

THE PASSAGE FROM 18K ROSE GOLD, USED FOR ALL THE F.P. JOURNE MOVEMENTS, TO ALUMINUM WAS NOT WITHOUT DIFFICULTY, FOR OBVIOUS TECHNICAL REASONS. 

RUBBER INSERTS ARE FIXED WITH AN OUTSTANDING PROCESS TO THE TIPS OF EACH LINK OF THE ALUMINIUM BRACELET, THE SIDES OF THE CASE AND THE

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Watches with long power reserves have hitherto been handicapped by small balances which are susceptible to shocks and disturbances. The Octa's compact construction allows a large (10.1 mm) balance to be fitted, giving greater inertia and stability. The free-sprung chronometer balance is adjusted by five turning weights that vibrate at a steady 21'600 times an hour.

Fully wound, the Octa delivers chronometric precision for 120 hours. The meter-long mainspring supplies an average 850gr of torque, limiting the loss in balance amplitude to 25% over the five-day period. Beyond that time, the watch will continue to go for another day or two, but the amplitude-loss no longer guarantees precision timekeeping.

TITANIUM CROWN IN ORDER TO EFFICIENTLY PROTECT THE WATCH FROM ANY SHOCKS, JUST LIKE THE BUMPER OF AN ANCIENT AUTOMOBILE. THE CROWN AND THE FOLDING CLASP, BOTH IN TITANIUM AND ENGRAVED WITH THE F.P. JOURNE SIGNATURE, ARE COVERED WITH A RUBBER COATING. IN ADDITION, THE FOLDING CLASP OFFERS AN ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM OF A HALF LINK SIZE (4MM APPROX.).

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Electro-mechanical, patented two-rotor motor movement. Dedicated processor, specific functions and low consumption// FREQUENCY: Quartz: 32'768 Hz // 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: S0.90 mm // PARTICULARITIES: Standby after 30 to 40 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 // 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 6; Central hours and minutes; Small second at 6 // CASE: Dimensions (Flat Tortue): 40 x 35 mm; Total thickness: 7.95 mm // FINISH: Golden movement 4N; Engraved and decorated battery bridge; Cotes de Genève; Screw heads polished and bevelled; Pegs with polished rounded ends // CASING: Platinum Version; Platinum PT 950 set with 54 VVS diamonds for 0.62 carat; Blued hands; Inner dial engraved sapphire; Outer dial with screwed indices.
 
ÉLÉGANTE
COLLECTION

CONCILIATING TRADITION, INNOVATION AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY, F.P. JOURNE HAS DEVELOPED A REVOLUTIONARY HOROLOGICAL CONCEPT. IT WAS DESIGNED AND CONCEIVED WITH EXTREMELY PRECISE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS TO PROVIDE THIS WATCH AN EXCEPTIONALLY LONG PERIOD OF AUTONOMY - 8 TO 10 YEARS IN DAILY USE AND UP TO 18 YEARS IN STANDBY MODE.

THIS INNOVATIVE MOVEMENT COMBINING COMFORT AND EASE OF USE WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF AN ELECTROMECHANICAL WATCH, AND BLENDING ELEGANCE AND PRECISION. THE “ÉLÉGANTE” ALLOWS TIME TO BE STOPPED AND STARTED AGAIN, WHICH IS THE DREAM OF EVERY WATCHMAKER…

THE CONCEPT OF THIS ELECTROMECHANICAL WATCH FEATURES A MECHANICAL MOTION DETECTOR THAT IS VISIBLE ON THE DIAL AT 4.30. AFTER 30 MINUTES WITHOUT MOTION, THE “ÉLÉGANTE” SWITCHES TO STANDBY MODE IN ORDER TO SAVE ENERGY AND ITS HANDS STOP TURNING. IN STANDBY MODE THE MICROPROCESSOR CONTINUES TO MEASURE TIME, BUT THE MECHANICAL ELEMENTS – GEAR TRAIN, ROTORS AND HANDS, STOP MOVING.

AS SOON AS THE “ÉLÉGANTE” IS WORN AGAIN, IT AUTOMATICALLY SETS ITSELF TO THE CORRECT TIME, WITH THE HANDS TAKING THE SHORTEST PATH, WHETHER CLOCKWISE OR COUNTER-CLOCKWISE.

ALL THE MECHANICAL ELEMENTS OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE ÉLÉGANTE” ARE MANUFACTURED BY F.P. JOURNE, FOLLOWING HIS STANDARDS OF STATE-OF-THE-ART EXCELLENCE IN HAUTE HOROLOGY.

THE ELECTRONIC PARTS ARE MADE IN SWITZERLAND ACCORDING TO STRICT CRITERIA, INCLUDING A MICROPROCESSOR DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS WATCH.

THE CASE OF THE “ÉLÉGANTE” 40MM IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN TITANIUM, WITH CLOISONNÉ INLAYS IN 6 DIFFERENT COLOURS AND A MATCHING RUBBER STRAP: WHITE, LIGHT BLUE, MIDNIGHT BLUE, PINK, CHOCOLATE AND KHAKI GREEN. ITS ERGONOMIC SHAPE HUGS THE CURVES OF THE WRIST. THE 18K RED GOLF VERSION IS PROPOSED WITH A CHOCOLATE COLOR RUBBER STRAP AND THE PLATINUM VERSION IS PROPOSED WITH A NAVY BLUE RUBBER STRAP.

 
 OCTA DIVINE 36 JOAILLERIE

Calibre 1300.3

IN ORDER TO PLEASE A DEMANDING FEMININE CLIENTELE, F.P. JOURNE HAS CREATED THE OCTA DIVINE IN 36 MM DIAMETER AS FIRST JEWELRY MODEL OF THE COLLECTION. IT IS AVAILABLE WITH THREE DIFFERENT DIAMONDS SETTING. THE DIAL OF THE OCTA DIVINE WITH CENTRAL HOURS AND MINUTES FEATURES VARIOUS COMPLICATIONS; SMALL SECONDS AT 5, MOON PHASES AT 7, POWER RESERVE AT 9:30 AND LARGE DATE AT 11:30.

WORTHY HEIR TO THE OCTA COLLECTION, THE OCTA DIVINE IS PART OF A COLLECTION OF WRISTWATCHES WITH AUTOMATIC WINDING SYSTEMS OFFERING MORE THAN 5 DAYS OF POWER RESERVE (OVER 120 HOURS), ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE SAME CASE THICKNESS REGARDLESS OF THE COMPLICATION.

PARTICULARITIES: White Gold and Silver set with
320 brilliant cut diamonds VVS F/G ~ 0.36 carat // Case Platinum set with 184 brilliant cut diamonds VVS F/G ~1.96 carats // Bracelet Platinum partially set with 466 brilliant cut diamonds VVS F/G ~ 4.16 carats // Deployant clasp set with brilliant cut diamonds.
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Watches with long power reserves have hitherto been handicapped by small balances which are susceptible to shocks and disturbances. The Octa's compact construction allows a large (10.1 mm) balance to be fitted, giving greater inertia and stability. The free-sprung chronometer balance is adjusted by five turning weights that vibrate at a steady 21'600 times an hour.

Fully wound, the Octa delivers chronometric precision for 120 hours. The meter-long mainspring supplies an average 850gr of torque, limiting the loss in balance amplitude to 25% over the five-day period. Beyond that time, the watch will continue to go for another day or two, but the amplitude-loss no longer guarantees precision timekeeping.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
MOVEMENT: Manually wound: 38 turns; 18K rose gold; 22 jewels // DIMENSIONS :
  • Overall diameter : 30.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 29.60 mm
  • Overall height : 3.75 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.30 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S0.90 mm
BALANCE: Four inertia weights; Flat Anachron micro flamed spring; Mobile stud holders; Free sprung; Nivatronic laser-welded to collet; Pinned GE stud; Piton GE goupillé
 AMPLITUDE:
  • 0h dial up : 320°
  • 24h dial up : 280°
CHARACTERISTICS: Manual winding; Two mainspring barrels in parallel; Time adjustment via crown in position 2; Pallet escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel; Two position crown
 INDICATIONS: Central hours and minutes; Sub-second at 7h30; Power reserve: 56 hours +- 2h.
BOUTIQUE
COLLECTION

EXPLORE ALL THE MOST EXCLUSIVE PIECES FROM THE F.P. JOURNE'S BOUTIQUE COLLECTION

THE BLACK LABEL COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE ONLY IN THE F.P. JOURNE BOUTIQUES AND ESPACES.

AN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION AVAILABLE ONLY FOR F.P. JOURNE WATCH OWNERS.

WITH A LIMITED PRODUCTION OF ABOUT 900 TIMEPIECES PER YEAR, F.P. JOURNE WANTED TO OFFER AN EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE TIMEKEEPER THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR OWNERS OF AN F.P. JOURNE WATCH. WITH A CASE MADE IN PLATINUM, THE MOST PRECIOUS METAL, F.P. JOURNE HAS CREATED A DISTINGUISHED LACQUERED BLACK DIAL THAT PERSONALIZES EVEN FURTHER THE ELEGANCE OF THE BRAND WATCHES. THE BLACK LABEL COLLECTION WAS BORN.
WITH HIS OWN DIAL FACTORY, FRANÇOIS-PAUL JOURNE HAS NO OTHER LIMIT THAN THAT OF HIS IMAGINATION. HE HAS APPLIED HIS LABEL INVENIT ET FECIT ON EACH ONE, CERTIFYING AN AUTHENTIC CALIBRE, ENTIRELY INVENTED, PRODUCED AND ASSEMBLED IN THE WORKSHOPS OF HIS CENTRAL GENEVA MANUFACTURE.

THE BLACK LABEL COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE ONLY IN THE F.P. JOURNE BOUTIQUES AROUND THE WORLD WITH A VERY STRICT DISTRIBUTION POLICY: 12 PIECES PER BOUTIQUE AND PER YEAR, AND 2 PIECES MAXIMUM FOR EACH MODEL. THE BLACK LABEL COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL F.P. JOURNE MODELS, EXCEPT THE GRANDE SONNERIE.

LIMITED
SERIES
VAGABONDAGE III
WORLD PREMIERE: DIGITAL JUMPING SECONDS
THE THIRD EDITION OF THE VAGABONDAGE TRILOGY F.P. JOURNE PRESENTS THE THIRD AND LAST EDITION OF THE VAGABONDAGE SERIES, “VAGABONDAGE III”, PRODUCED IN A LIMITED SERIES OF 69 EXAMPLES IN PLATINUM AND 68 EXAMPLES IN 18K RED GOLD. F.P. JOURNE IS THE ONLY MANUFACTORY TO DESIGN AND PRODUCE A SPECIFIC CALIBRE FOR A SERIES LIMITED TO ONLY 137 EXAMPLES.

THE INNER SMOKED SAPPHIRE DIAL, FRAMED BY AN OUTER DIAL WITH SCREW-DOWN ACCENTS, STILL WITHOUT THE F.P. JOURNE SIGNATURE, REVEALS THE 18K ROSE GOLD MOVEMENT. A WINDOW AT 10H DISPLAYS THE DIGITAL HOUR INDICATIONS; ANOTHER AT 6H INDICATES THE DIGITAL SECONDS; BOTH ARE FRAMED IN WHITE. THE CENTRAL MINUTES ARE INDICATED BY A WHITE HAND, WHILE THE POWER RESERVE AT 1H FEATURES A BLUED STEEL HAND.

THE 3 DIGITAL TIME DISPLAYS HAVE NOW BEEN CREATED, MAKING THE TRILOGY COMPLETE. OWNERS OF THE VAGABONDAGE I AND II 

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DIMENSIONS: Overall diameter: 29.3 x 28.2 mm; Encasing dimensions : 29.3 x 28.2 mm; Overall height: 5.88 mm; Height of winding system: 2.96 mm; Diameter of stem thread : S0.90 mm // BALANCE: Four inertia weights; Flat Anachron micro flamed spring; Mobile stud holders; Free sprung; Nivatronic laser-welded to collet; Pinned GE stud // FREQUENCY: 21'600 Alt/h, 3Hz // INERTIA: 10.10 mg x cm2 // ANGLE OF LIFT: 52° // AMPLITUDE: 0h dial up: > 260°; 24h dial up: > 260° // CHARACTERISTICS: 1 second constant force device, patented No EP 1528443; Pallet escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel; Two position crown; Power reserve at 1h00 // POWER RESERVE: 40 hours // FINISH: High grade; Baseplate partly circular grained; Polished screw heads, chamfered slots; Pegs with polished rounded ends // CASE: Flat turtle shape : 45.2 mm x 37.6 mm; Overall diameter : 7.84 mm // DIAL: Smoked sapphire // LIMITED SERIES: Platinum PT 950: 69 parts; Red gold 18K : 68 parts // COMPONENTS: Movement without dial: 249; With box on leather : 281; Jewels: 32

WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY TO ALLOW THEM TO ACQUIRE THE WATCH WITH THE IDENTICAL LIMITED SERIES NUMBER. COLLECTORS MAY THUS COMPLETE THEIR OWN TRILOGY AND POSSESS A PART OF F.P. JOURNE HOROLOGICAL HISTORY.

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