If you look carefully, it is difficult to comprehend that F.P. Journe is still a youthful brand. Obviously, François-Paul, as a watchmaker, has been dynamic as of now for a few decades yet F.P. Journe, as a brand, has not. It’s even more clear when you take a gander at when the official boutiques were opened: just 10 years prior. To praise the 10th anniversary of its boutiques, F.P. Journe offers a restricted arrangement, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire, in extraordinary materials and shading combinations. After Hong Kong and Tokyo, the Geneva F.P. Journe Boutique was the third to praise its anniversary, uncovering its Anniversary Edition in a restricted arrangement of 10 pieces.
Last year, F.P. Journe started to commend the 10th anniversary of a portion of its boutiques, beginning with Hong Kong and Tokyo. To commemorate the event, a special watch was revealed, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire – a watch that we didn’t cover here, on Monochrome. Along these lines, as it is presently an ideal opportunity for the Geneva boutique to praise its 10th anniversary, we figured it would be the correct second for us to require a second glance at this extraordinary piece of complex watchmaking.
Basically, the watch is the equivalent, just the etching looking into the issue back of the watch and the specific number differ, followed by the name of the corresponding city. F.P. Journe has 11 boutiques around the planet (the eleventh one opened a few months prior in Kiev, Ukraine). In 2016, Hong Kong and Tokyo got their special version of the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire. This year, it will be Geneva and Boca Raton, followed in 2018 by Paris, Beijing, and New York, at that point Miami in 2019, Los Angeles in 2023, lastly, Beirut in 2024. For every one of them, there will be a committed variant of the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire.
This watch depends on the standard rendition of the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain – a watch that we explained thoroughly here, in its boutique release . The Centigraphe is Journe’s vision of a chronograph, and as you most likely are aware, the man doesn’t get things done in a simple manner. The thought is simple: three sub-dials compose the dial, to display elapsed time from a 100th of one moment to 10 minutes. The first one, at 10 o’clock, is a one-second register, which displays on a 100th of a subsequent scale. The subsequent one, at 2 o’clock, is a 20-second counter. Finally, the third one at 6 o’clock, is a 10-minute register.
This impressive display is powered by an in-house development, obviously with scaffolds and plates manufactured in 18k rose gold. The chronograph system, situated on the dial side of the development, is activated by a patented rocker situated at 2 for the situation band and connected to a segment wheel. The development has a frequency of 21,600vph or 3Hz, which obviously quickly brings up the issue: how might a 3Hz development be precise to 100th of a second? Ordinarily we should have a 50Hz/360,000vph development to do as such. As it were, this is valid. In any case, the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain is a smidgen more complex, as the “ingenious feature of the 100th of a second is that it very well might be stopped anyplace along its one-second journey around its dial, even between two 100th-second divisions, empowering a fractional perusing. This is accomplished by vertically withdrawing the pinion of the 100th of a second hand from that of the escapement, which presses on the pivot shank and goes about as a brake.” This 100th of a second hand is to a greater degree a foudroyante hand that can be stopped anyplace. However, the display remains very impressive – for additional insights regarding the Centigraphe Souverain, read our audit here .
Now, back to the Anniversaire release of the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain. While the development is equivalent to the first form, the watch has gone through a monstrous facelift. In light of the exemplary 40mm instance of the brand, it is currently made in titanium, instead of gold or platinum. However, the control rocker and the crown are 18 red gold. The dial is likewise different, as first showing a Ruthenium tone, yet additionally opening its sub-dials in the middle, with sapphire plates to see the chronograph component in real life. The sub-dials are surrounded by a polished steel ring, screwed on the dial. With respect to the display of the time, the hands and the hour track are finished in brilliant tones. This exceptional and very strong combination of tones and materials is complemented by a burgundy calfskin strap with 18k red gold folding clasp. Finally, the back is engraved with the one of a kind number and the corresponding city (for this situation, Geneva).
This F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire is a restricted arrangement of 10 watches per boutique, implying that general 100 pieces could be made – if Journe keeps things the equivalent for the upcoming 10th commemorations. The price of the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire is CHF 62,600. More subtleties on www.fpjourne.com .
Technical Specifications – F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire
- Case: 40mm distance across x 10.7mm tallness – grade 5 titanium with red gold rocker and crown – sapphire precious stone on both sides
- Movement: Caliber 1506, in-house, 18k rose gold plates and extensions – manual winding – 3Hz frequency – 80h power hold (24h when the chronograph is running) – hours, minutes, chronograph with one-second counter, 20-second counter, 10-minute counter
- Strap: Burgundy gator cowhide strap with 18k red Gold clasp
- Price: CHF 62,600