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Housed in a 39mm case, the Chronomètre Bleu is one of very few watches to be produced in the rare, dark-grey metal, tantalum. Seldom used in watchmaking due to its difficulty to work with, tantalum is highly resistant to both corrosion and wear.
Named after the mythological figure, Tantalus, the name of this metal also has roots in the word "tantalising", as the story goes that Tantalus was forced to stand knee-deep in water, while delicious-looking fruit grew above his head. Both would recede out of his reach when he attempted to drink the water or eat the fruit. A dark greyish blue in colour, tantalum is a rare, lustrous metal that is highly resistant to corrosion. Rarely used in watchmaking due to its difficulty to work with, tantalum is highly resistant to both corrosion and wear. It's also non-allergenic, and so perfectly suited to be worn on the wrist.
The polished dial of this Chronomètre Bleu is an uncommon feature, displaying a shade of sky-blue that complements the restrained colour of tantalum. Combined, these blue overtones give the watch its name. Meanwhile, the signature Journe-style hands are rendered in off-white and contrast with the polished dial, to improve legibility.
The outer railroad track that circles the dial holds embossed decorative Arabic numerals, also off-white in colour, which vary in size dependent on their location on the dial. Between 7 and 8 o’clock is an engine-turned subsidiary seconds, as seen in the Chronomètre Souverain, though the Chronomètre Bleu goes without a power-reserve indication. Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed and highly legible.
The calibre 1304 is made in-house, and entirely of 18-carat 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 Côte de Genève, circular graining and barleycorn guilloché. All screw heads are polished and all edges neatly chamfered.
F. P. Journe
Manual-winding Calibre 1304
Hours, minutes, seconds
Sapphire front and back
ACM's strap - navy blue calf textured, F.P. Journe Navy blue alligator strap F.P. Journe brown alligator strap, F.P. Journe buckle
Box & papers:
Outer box, F.P. Journe certificate of authenticity, owner’s manual, user manual, leather card holder, polishing cloth
This F.P. Journe is in very good condition overall. Few superficial marks can be seen on the case and lugs consistent with minimal wear. The mirrored blue dial and off-white numerals and hands are in excellent condition showing no signs of age. The caseback engravings are crisp and well defined.
The watch comes with F.P. Journe’s servicing documentation and Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a two-year warranty and lifetime guarantee of authenticity from A Collected Man.
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It can be said that François-Paul Journe is one of the most influential watchmakers of the modern era.
Alongside a select few craftsmen, he has led the way in combining the inventiveness of late-18th century horology with the creativity that today’s technology affords us. He manages to bring classical style and his own distinct vision together, through brilliance in design and astute mechanical knowhow.
Yet he wasn’t born adjusting escapements or designing calibres. In fact, as many of you may know, he was a fairly rebellious child, so how did he end up as one of the world’s most respected watchmakers? His path to success certainly wasn’t linear.
A young Journe in his Uncle's workshop.
Journe at the AHCI stand at the 1987 Basel Fair with Franck Muller, George Daniels and Svend Andersen among others.
One of the 20 Souscription Tourbillon pieces, made to help launch Journe's brand.
Journe in his workshop with a regulator clock made by Antide Janvier.
From growing up in Marseille, to learning the fundamentals of antiquarian horology in his Uncle’s workshop, Journe’s journey to becoming one of the most respected independent watchmakers has been a long and colourful one. Moving into producing calibres for brands under the company THA, which he ran with Dennis Flageollet and Vianney Halter, he quickly learnt what it took to create wristwatches at the highest watches. He debuted his first independently produced wristwatch, a gold dialled tourbillon, at the AHCI booth at Baselworld in 1991. Unable to generate any real traction there, he would go on to offer it under a souscription model, just as Breguet did before him.
From these first 20 pieces, he would go on to build one of the most impressive independent brands in the market today. With boutiques across the world and sting of innovations keeping true to the motto inscribed on each dial “invenit et fecit”.