Hands-On – F.P. Journe and Holland & Holland Chronometre Watch With Unique Damascus Steel Dial

Hands-On – F.P. Journe and Holland & Holland Chronometre Watch With Unique Damascus Steel Dial

Just a couple of days prior in London, Swiss watchmaker F.P. Journe, as a team with British firearm creator Holland & Holland, revealed two new restricted release watches. The autonomous watchmaker is known for walking to the beat of his own drum, and these new pieces are no exemption. In an unforeseen contort, they highlight dazzling Damascus steel dials, created from the barrels of two antique Holland & Holland shotguns, dating from 1868 and 1882 individually. Peruse on for all the details.

Damascus Steel

Originally called “design welding”, the Damascus method has a rich legacy, with written history showing that the Japanese utilized this strategy to fabricate their swords as ahead of schedule as 1100AD, and the Vikings and Celts around 600 AD. A work serious interaction, the strategy includes at least two bars of various sorts of steel, or iron steel, being produced together into a solitary bar.

For this to work adequately, one bar of steel should have a lower carbon content than the other. The steel is warmed, wound and pounded on a case by case basis to merge the two bars together. The bar is then collapsed, pounded and manufactured once more. This cycle is rehashed a few times, with the outcome being a solitary bar with layers of various kinds of steel that make wavy lines and examples because of the distinction in the compound composition between the various sorts of steel used.

The utilization of Damascus steel to produce firearm barrels was first recorded in Quite a while in around 1570, preceding gradually spreading to different pieces of the world. In the end, the procedure started to be utilized in England to deliver top notch donning barrels in the 1800’s. Delivered completely by hand, no two bars of Damascus steel appear to be identical, making it the ideal material to use for bespoke creations.

F.P. Journe x Holland & Holland

This new joint effort between F.P. Journe and Holland & Holland, while sudden, isn’t at all unordinary. On the substance of things doubtlessly a Swiss watchmaker and a British gunmaker share little practically speaking, yet in all actuality, the two makes utilize profoundly specific skilled workers and ladies to make outstanding articles, which require a very long time to work by hand. These talented expert polishers, decorators and etchers, fine wood and valuable metal trained professionals, lacquerers, exactness mechanics and watchmakers all play out their errands enthusiastically and carefully until they accomplish flawlessness. In this occasion, that flawlessness comes as a basic, time-just watch introduced in a 39mm steel case with a striking Damascus steel dial.

To make the special dials, two antique Holland & Holland shotguns, bearing the chronic numbers 1382 and 7183 and tracing all the way back to 1868 and 1882 separately, gave their hand-created barrels. Subsequent to being cut along their length at the Holland & Holland manufacturing plant in Kensal Green, the barrels were turned out to shape level strips prior to being cut being into more modest strips. When cleaned, the strips were diminished to the necessary thickness and then cleaned. Then, the strips were dispatched to Les Cadraniers de Genève, F.P. Journe’s dial producer, where the dials were removed. Each dial was then sent back to Holland & Holland and “cooked”, a conventional firearm making strategy that truly draws out the shocking examples of the Damascus steel while likewise assisting with securing it. As a last advance, the dials were printed with F.P. Journe’s brand name numerals and part ring for the minutes.

Given the utilization of steel in the dial, it seemed well and good that F.P. Journe would case the watches up in steel too. Estimating a truly comfortable 39mm in measurement by 8.60mm thick, it wears well on the wrist, drawing a ton of consideration notwithstanding its moderately straightforward appearance. Inside is the select, physically twisted F.P. Journe type 1304, produced using 18k rose gold. Beating at a recurrence of 21,600vph it highlights two fountainhead barrels in equal and offers a force save of 56 hours (+/ – 2 hours).

Visible through the sapphire caseback, this time-just development brags an undeniable level completing – as we would anticipate from Journe – including a somewhat round grained baseplate, cleaned screw-heads, chamfered spaces and sunburst wrapping up. On the off chance that you look carefully, you can see additionally that the name ‘Holland’ has been engraved around every one of the heart barrels, an inconspicuous reference to the shotgun barrels the British firearm producer is celebrated for.

In all out, 66 extraordinary pieces were made, 38 of which utilize the Damascus steel from the barrel of the No. 1382 shotgun, and 28 of which utilize the Damascus steel from the barrel of No. 7183 shotgun (it was somewhat more modest, henceforth less accessible material in the dial.) The reference number for the firearm barrel from which the dial was made is engraved around the edge of the caseback, alongside the version number of that particular watch (for example xx/38). All models are matched with an exemplary earthy colored calfskin tie that complements the earthy colored of the dial.

The retail cost is set at CHF 45,000, which is apparently a touch high for a period just, steel case observe yet given that the dial of each model is one of a kind and the general idea is cool, I am certain all accessible pieces will sell rapidly. In the event that you need to add one to your assortment, you should visit both of the Holland & Holland shops in London or Dallas or one of the seven F.P. Journe stores around the world.


Technical Specifications –  F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland & Holland

  • Case: 39mm breadth x 8.60mm – treated steel – novel Damascus steel dial produced using the barrel of antique Holland & Holland shotgun – sapphire precious stone both sides.
  • Movement: F.P. Journe type 1304 – manual-wind – 3Hz recurrence – 56h force hold (+/ – 2 hours) – focal hours and minutes
  • Strap: brown cowhide strap
  • Reference: Limited arrangement – No. 1382 dating to 1868 – 38 watches numbered XX/38/No. 7183 dating to 1882 – 28 watches number XX/28.
  • Price: CHF 45,000