F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Souverain | Black Label | Platinum | 38 MM
This Chronomètre Souverain is quintessentially an F.P Journe in both its design language and movement. Housed in a classical 38 mm dress watch case, it is made distinctive by F.P. Journe’s signature ‘flat crown’ with a rope-like pattern. The black dial is engine turned in the centre with a hobnail, Clous de Paris pattern, while the outer track holds the white, embossed decorative Arabic numerals. The signature F.P. Journe hour, minute and sub-seconds hands, have been modified at the request of the client, to an opaque white. The power-reserve hand has deliberately been left untouched.
An interesting aspect of this timepiece lies in the power reserve, as when winding, instead of the indicator heading from 0-56, it goes the other way towards 0. This was deliberate by F.P. Journe, who borrowed this from marine chronometer clocks. The reasoning behind this lies in the idea that the power reserve indicator on this Chronomètre Souverain is not meant to tell you how many hours there are left, but instead how many hours have passed since you have wound the watch.
While this piece is undeniably attractive, it is the movement that F.P. Journe is famed for. It is certainly independent haute horlogerie at its finest, as the in house, Calibre 1304 is made entirely of 18k rose gold 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.
The Black Label series by the independent watchmaker F. P. Journe was exclusively available to existing F.P. Journe clients, with this example uniquely numbered 787. In 2005, this watch won the ‘Favourite Men’s Watch’ award the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève), the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Brand:||F. P. Journe|
|Model:||Chronomètre Souverain Black Label, no. XXX|
|Movement:||manual-winding Cal. 1304|
|Functions:||power reserve, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||guilloche dial, display-back|
|Case:||38 mm platinum|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||brand new black alligator strap from F. P. Journe with tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||full set - box and papers|
This limited edition, platinum F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain Black Label is from 2010, in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality.
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