F.P. Journe watches
The history behind F.P. Journe watches
François-Paul Journe explores the measurement of time using his artistic sensibility and combining it with creativity and innovation. An expert watchmaker and brilliant inventor, François-Paul Journe started his career by creating unique pieces, both in terms of aesthetics and mechanics. In 1999 he fulfilled his dream by presenting a collection of watches to the world which, like some of his earlier models, offered unparalleled quality in terms of comfort, innovation and performance, but could now also reach a wider audience: the collection of chronographs marked F.P. Journe – Invenit et Facit embodies his interpretation of modern watchmaking.
A vision of mechanics that stems from an in-depth analysis of classical watchmaking, with a particular passion for the 18th century, which still stands as the golden age of watchcraft.The ongoing research into mechanics undertaken by F. P. Journe is a way of paying tribute to the great watchmaking geniuses by forwarding their research, as is the case with the Pendulette Sympathique by A.L. Breguet, and creating pieces in which the novelty of the technical innovations go hand in hand with the ethics of his great Masters.
The innovative content of François-Paul Journe’s watches is hidden behind the understated aesthetic elegance of the watches themselves. A single-button split second chronograph that has two buttons in the same position as a traditional chronograph; two sub-dials conceal two balance wheels that are synchronised based on the resonance principle; in this case the stationary hands of an electromechanical mechanism are not an indication of a low battery, but instead belong to a watch in stand-by mode that is waiting to be worn once more before resuming its operation by showing the right time. A detail that real experts can’t fail to appreciate.
F.P. Journe has managed to bridge the gap between industrial watchmaking and the sophisticated expectations of artistic watch design. While his timepieces are built around a complex and delicate mechanical movement, the design and manufacture guarantee extreme wearability and reliability.
The combination between style and mechanics is his trademark. Hardly surprisingly the mechanisms are made out of the same metal as the watch case, gold, or even aluminium.
The style traits of F.P. Journe’s timepieces are the blue steel hands, with their unmistakeable tapered shape, the elegant features of the elaborate dials with Arab numerals. Even the cases made in two parts are a particular design feature, secured with visible screws and made out of precious or unusual materials, such as tantalum, aluminium or titanium.
The F.P. Journe Chronomètre à résonance is the only wristwatch which uses the physical natural resonance without any mechanical process of transmission, previously identified as double balance or double pendulum. It has only one single barrel spring providing power to the two movements.
François-Paul Journe presented his first résonance wristwatch in 2000, which was named résonance under the patented brand name résonance®.
The F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel offers a completely different aesthetic compared to the other perpetual calendars, as it guarantees an exceptional readability through a very clear dial with large apertures: two for the day and the month, and two windows for a large date, a particularity of F.P. Journe watches. At the same way, while all other perpetual calendars are often difficult to adjust, the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is very easy to use: all corrections can be made using the crown at three, except for the rapid correction of months, which is carried out by a hidden corrector lever at 1 o’clock.
The F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain is a chronometer characterised by a traditional yet surprising look, and it has become a model of reference.
Inspired by the marine chronometers of the 19th century, it is extremely slim, with only 8.60 mm thickness. The Havana colour, a combination of gold and ruthenium, is unique to F.P. Journe, and it is created by F.P. Journe’s own dial makers, les Cadraniers de Genève, in a process which can last months.
The F.P. Journe Lune has a mechanical movement with automatic winding: the indications can be adjusted with the crown, making the watch very easy to manage.
The moonphase complication is connected to ancient times, when the moon was the only source of light during the night in navigation. Today, the moonphase remains one of the most romantic of all complications, providing a different perspective of the passage of Time.
Line Sport Collection
The F.P. Journe Octa Sport titanium can provide an incredible lightness thanks to the utilisation of this incredibly light material and its automatic movement in aluminium. This collection was encouraged by an important collector, passionate of F.P. Journe watches, who participated to numerous marathon and triathlon competitions and wanted to have a very light sports watch, provided with a high watchmaking movement.
The F.P. Journe Centigraphe Titanium with yellow dial has a patent for its ergonomic design, since the chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a button at 2 o’clock in the case, and a patent for the mechanism’s original conformation, which separates the chronograph from the timekeeping function.
A collection specially realised by F.P. Journe for ladies, with a revolutionary horological concept, conciliating tradition, innovation and modern technology.
This ingenious calibre brings together the performances of an electro-mechanical watch with elegance and precision: in order to save its energy, it goes in stand by mode after 35 minutes, but during this the microprocessor carries on to keep time, while the mechanical parts stop moving. When the watch is moved again, the hands go automatically to the current time position, making the shortest way – clockwise or counter clockwise.