F. P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain, Platinum

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The Centigraphe Souverain* is perhaps one of the most coveted models from F. P. Journe, intersecting perfectly in terms of design and ingenuity, traits that Journe is well known for. When the watch was first released in 2008, it won ‘L'Aiguille d’Or’ (The Golden Hand) award at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève), demonstrating Journe's commitment to innovation and excellence within his work.

Origin

The Centigraphe Souverain speaks very much to François-Paul’s meticulous approach to complications, both technically and design wise. Drawing on research carried out by the watchmaker fifteen years prior, the concept was resuscitated after a conversation with Jean Todt, then executive director for Scuderia Ferrari and current president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.

The two first met in Paris, and over the course of several meetings discussed what the ideal modern day mechanical chronograph could look like for the world of motorsport. From Heuer to Rolex, the association between the complication and the automative world has been a long-standing one, but one which hasn't necessarily progressed technically since the mid-20th century. Given Journe’s explorative nature for developing complications, and having already produced a chronograph wristwatch within his Octa series, the Centigraphe seemed like an appealing challenge.

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The Centigraphe Souverain was eventually presented in 2007, at which time François-Paul Journe credited Jean Todt for inspiring it, since referring to the former rally driver as the Centigraphe’s “godfather”. Throughout the lifespan of the Centigraphe Souverain model, thirty percent of all profits were donated to the ICM institute, furthering the development of treatments for nervous system disorders. Support that continues to this day through subsequent iterations of the Centigraphe. A year after its introduction, the Centigraphe Souverain won L'Aiguille d’Or award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry.