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About F.P.Journe Classique Watches
In 1977 Francois-Paul Journe started his career in horology in his uncle’s clock repair workshop in Paris. By 1997 he decided to make a watch for himself, there starting a career that has so far resulted in four awards at the Grand Prix d’Horologerie de Genève, including the Aiguille d’Or - the best overall watch among all categories - three times.
The F.P.Journe Classique collection demonstrates Journe’s competence in all fields of watchmaking. His passion for historical watchmaking resulted in the Chronomètre à Résonance being launched in 2000, a unique complication in a wristwatch whereby two oscillators in close physical proximity with the same frequency will begin to beat in synchrony. The original concept was developed from an observation by the great Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens in the 17th century. The Chronomètre Souverain on the other hand is a precision chronomètre inspired by early 19th century marine chronomètres. Available with either a rose gold or platinum 40mm case, with a number of dial choices and with the option of a bracelet the Chronomètre Souverain is an ideal daily timepiece. Each model features an extra flat movement (4mm thick) made from 18k rose gold, two barrels provide power for over 56 hours. At the more complicated end of the scale is the Astronomic Souveraine, an astronomical watch with 18 functions and complications. Originally produced as a unique piece for Only Watch the watch comprises a minute repeater, 60-second tourbillion and rementoir d’egalité in a very wearable 44x13.8mm case. For such an accomplished grand complication Journe has managed to design the entire movement to be set via the crown meaning there are no inset case pushers. Quite a feat for such a creation. Each model has a unique movement designed and manufactured in-house, hence the company signature – ‘Invenit et Fecit’.