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F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Bleu | Tantalum

9XX - CB

Regular price


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F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Bleu | Tantalum

9XX - CB

Regular price


Housed in a 39mm case, the Chronomètre Bleu is one of very few watches to be produced in 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. Measuring at just 8.6mm thick, the Chronomètre Bleu comfortably fits beneath a cuff, and is made distinctive by F.P. Journe’s signature ‘flat crown’. Quintessentially Journe in both its design language and movement, this example was originally sold in February 2016.

The polished-dial is an uncommon feature, displaying various shades of blue which  compliment the grey-blue colour of tantalum. Together, these blue overtones give the watch its name. The signature Journe-style hands are off-white and contrast with the polished dial, to improve legibility. The outer-track 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 a 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 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 F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu comes as a full-set, with its original F.P Journe, dark blue alligator strap; a bespoke Carcassonne nubuck leather strap with curved-ends (measuring 20 x 19mm); corresponding tantalum tang buckle, its accompanying box, guarantee card and paperwork.

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
Strap: F.P Journe dark blue alligator strap, a bespoke Carcassonne nubuck leather strap, tantalum tang buckle
Lug/buckle width: 20mm/19mm
Year: 2016
Box & papers: full set - box, USB, stamped warranty card, manual
This tantalum F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu was purchased in February, 2016, and retains perfect mechanical functionality. The case is in very good, unpolished condition, with a small number of signs of superficial wear, consistent with use, with slightly more pronounced marks around 12 o'clock, as visible in photography. The watch is full-set and comes on 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, 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. 

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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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