F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Souverain | 38mm | Platinum

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F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Souverain | 38mm | Platinum

Regular price


The earliest works of François-Paul Journe, effortlessly blend traditional 19th-century watchmaking with modern haute-horology. The Chronomètre Souverain was introduced in 2005, winning the ‘Favourite Men’s Watch’ award at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève), the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry, in the same year.

The Chronomètre Souverain initially debuted with a 40mm case, though was also made available in 38mm shortly after. The 38mm platinum example seen here, represents arguably the most recognisable version of the Souverain. Having seen a number of variations in design since, the attraction of the original Chronomètre Souverain has not faded, as one of the longest running models produced by the brand. In fact, according to those closest to Journe, the watchmaker originally wanted to release his time only Chronomètre Souverain first, in 1999Housed within a svelte platinum case and matched by highly-refined chronometer movement, it's understated and precise.

The silver dial features a hobnail, Clous de Paris pattern in the centre, while the outer track holds the embossed decorative Arabic numerals. The signature F.P. Journe style hands are blued, forming an excellent contrast against the silver tones of the dial. Between 7 and 8 o’clock, is a subsidiary seconds, with a power-reserve indicator at 3 o'clock, showing 56 hours. Overall, the dial layout is cleanly designed and highly-legible.

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 since you have wound the watch.

While this piece is undeniably attractive, it is the movement that F.P. Journe is famed for. Part of the manual-winding Souverain collection, 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. As M. Journe explains thusly:

"Chronometry was invented by the 18th century English and French watchmakers, when their respective governments organised a competition that would reward the first watchmaker capable of making a timekeeper that could be carried on board a ship."

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.

In 2005, the Chronomètre Souverain won the ‘Favourite Men’s Watch’ award the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève), the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry. From this time, the Chronomètre Souverain has seen a number of dial variations, though its attraction has not faded. Housed within a svelte platinum case and matched by highly-refined chronometer movement, it's understated and precise.

This watch comes on one of our Stockholm straps with curved-ends (measuring 20 x 19mm) and its original platinum tang buckle. The original F.P. Journe black alligator strap is also supplied. This Chronomètre Souverain is accompanied by its original box, guarantee card (stamped in Singapore) and service paperwork from 2018 by F. P. Journe's Hong Kong Boutique.

Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Chronomètre Souverain
Movement: manual-winding cal. 1304
Functions: time only - hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: display-back, power reserve indicator, blued steel hands
Case: 38 mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: curved-end Stockholm grained leather strap, black alligator strap from F. P. Journe with platinum tang buckle
Lug/buckle width: 20/19mm
Year: May 2008 (sold)
Box & papers: box and papers

This platinum F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain is in excellent condition, having recently been serviced by the brand in 2018.

The case was refinished as part of the overall service of the piece, with only light signs of wear since. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with the remainder of its 24 month warranty from the manufacture, along with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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, unless stated otherwise, 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. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

Please note, that prices are quoted gross of VAT (unless expressly stated otherwise) and that preowned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.

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