F. P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu | Tantalum

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Housed in a 39mm case, the Chronomètre Bleu is one of very few watches to be produced from the rare, dark-grey metal, tantalum. Rarely used in watchmaking due to its difficulty to work with, tantalum is highly resistant to both corrosion and wear. It is also a non-allergenic metal, and so perfectly suited to be worn on the wrist. Measuring at just 8.6mm thick, the Chronomètre Bleu comfortably fits beneath a cuff, and is made distinctive by Journe’s signature ‘flat crown’ with a rope like pattern. Quintessentially an F.P Journe in both its design language and movement, this example was purchased in Nov, 2011.

The polished-dial is uncommon and displays various shades of blue, complimenting the grey-blue colour of tantalum. Together, these blue overtones give the watch its name. The signature F.P. Journe-style hands are off-white , and contrast the polished dial to improve legibility. The outer track holds embossed decorative arabic numerals, also off-white in colour, that vary in size dependent on their location on the dial. Between 7 and 8 o’clock is a subsidiary seconds, as seen in the Chronomètre Souverain, whilst the Chronomètre Bleu goes without a power-reserve indication. Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed and excellently legible.

The movement is certainly independent haute horlogerie at its finest. The in-house Calibre 1304 is made entirely of 18-carat rose-gold, and seen through the sapphire caseback. The movement has two mainspring barrels in parallel, which work together, powering the movement. Most impressively, is the chronometric balance fitted into the movement, which helps to provide the accuracy that F.P. Journe has based his watchmaking around. The hand finishing is expertly conducted, mixing a combination of circular graining with sunburst and wave patterns. All screw heads are polished and all edges neatly chamfered with a Côte de Genève motif on the bridges.

This Chronomètre Bleu example comes with a dark-blue alligator strap from F.P. Journe and corresponding tantalum tang buckle. The watch comes as a full-set, with box, warranty card and user manual. Further, the watch is also accompanied by a complimentary servicing receipt from F.P. Journe (dated 2015), along with a personally signed note from Monsieur Journe, in the user manual.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Chronomètre Bleu
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal.1304
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, subsidiary-seconds
Features: polished blue dial, display-back
Case:
39 mm tantalum
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: dark-blue alligator strap from F. P. Journe with tantalum tang buckle
Year: Nov 2011
Box & papers: full-set - box, stamped warranty card, manual
This F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu was purchased in November, 2011 and retains excellent mechanical functionality. The tantalum case remains unpolished, showing signs of wear throughout (consistent with use). The case displays light scratches and superficial marks, with a visible knock on the top left lug. The watch comes as a full-set, including a dark-blue alligator strap from F. P. Journe, with corresponding tantalum tang buckle.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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