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.
It comes with its original F.P Journe
dark blue alligator strap, corresponding tantalum tang buckle, and is currently fitted on a pastel grey 20x19mm Tallinn strap
nubuck strap, with curved ends hugging the tantalum case. This Chronomètre Bleu
is a full-set, with its accompanying box, guarantee card and paperwork (stamped William & Son).
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.