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F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Bleu | Tantalum


Regular price £38,250

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F. P. Journe
Chronomètre Bleu | Tantalum


Regular price £38,250
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. It's also non-allergenic, 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 a number of signature elements throughout. Quintessentially Journe in both its design language and movement, this example was originally sold in 2014, through the Geneva boutique.

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 watchmaking at its finest. The in-house Calibre 1304 is made 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.

This Chronomètre Bleu watch is in very good condition, fitted to one of our Stockholm straps with curved-ends, measuring 20 x 19mm. The set also includes the manufacture's guarantee card, manual, original purchase receipt and alligator strap from F. P. Journe.

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
39 mm tantalum
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Strap: F.P Journe black alligator strap, Stockholm grained leather strap, tantalum buckle
Lug/buckle width: 20/19mm
Year: 2014
Box & papers: stamped warranty card, manual, original purchase receipt

This F. P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu is in very good condition, with some light scratches visible on the case. These are most noticeable on sides of the case, shown in the photography. There's also a light mark on the bezel at the 4 o'clock.

Whilst the calibre 1304 movement of this Chronomètre Bleu is functioning well, A Collected Man is unable to provide a guarantee of timekeeping accuracy. A complimentary service will be provided by A Collected Man, within one year of purchase, through F.P. Journe's Paris boutique.

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.

During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

If ordering from the UK 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 pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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