The F.P Journe history

For over thirty years,

François-Paul Journe explored all the aspects of ancient horology. Through the restoration of one of a kind historical pieces, he revisits the intellectual and cultural path of clock and watchmakers who have imprinted the history of horological science. He is fascinated by the XVIII th century which remains the golden age of time measurement.
 

The exclusive for a broader public:

Each of the unique pieces François-Paul Journe was creating was the result of countless hours of research, that he saw disappearing when the commissioner took up his watch. He then began dreaming about a collection of high horology watches offering the same qualities - comfort, innovations and performances - but for a wider public!

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In 1994

François-Paul Journe started designing his vision of contemporary watchmaking and presented in 1999, a collection of wristwatches signed F.P.Journe with the Latin wording – Invenit et Fecit – meaning “invented and made”. It thereby certifies that each of the watches carrying his name results from an entirely original conception with rigorous craftsmanship. He has to adapt his tailor-made know-how to the process of industrialisation et decorticate all the movements he invent so that each of his components can be manufactured under his specific requirements. His creative and intellectual invention process remains identical that when he was a craftsman, only the shaping changes considerably, with more contributors.

 

His integrity in the creation of innovative timepieces imposes him naturally as

the link between the golden age of
horological science and contemporary
watchmaking.

 

F.P. Journe chronology

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Birth of François-Paul Journe in Marseille, France
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Graduates from the Ecole d'horlogerie de Paris
"By earning my watchmaker's diploma, I left scholastic rhythms behind me, with a feeling of gaining incredible freedom!"

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Join his uncle's antique watch restoration workshop in Paris
"My eight-year period working with my uncle Michel Journe allowed me to discover the origins of watchmaking up to the XIXth century and enabled me to meet many important collectors."

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Starts his first tourbillon pocket-watch
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François-Paul Journe conceives, at the age of 22, the mechanism of a planetarium for Asprey in London, commissioned by the ateliers P-G Brun in Paris.
Planetarium in yellow and white Gold, diamonds and rubies, with 12 panels in lapis lazuli, decorated with the zodiac signs representing the 12 months of the year. It features a synchronized pendulum with an arm supporting a wheel train animating the different planets turning around the sun: The Earth with its satellite, Venus and Mercury.
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Complete his first tourbillon pocket watch
"Fascinated by the exceptional tourbillon watches that I had the opportunity to admire in my uncle’s workshop, but without the financial means to acquire any, I decided to build my own tourbillon chronometer. Working with the little experience I had behind me, I devoted all my free time to this project and it took me five years to complete it. I crafted every single component as well as the Gold and in Silver case. This watch is still part of my collection."

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Sets up his first workshop on the rue de Verneuil in Paris
"I decided to set up my own workshop facing onto a courtyard, in order to enjoy a calm environment in which to continue creating tailor-made watches for collectors."
 
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Creates an automatic chronometer pocket-watch
"My fifth creation with fusée and chain housing a five-second remontoire and a detent escapement. The rock crystal dial reveals the retrograde perpetual calendar mechanism with the equation of time. This creation is inspired by the famous watch ordered from Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) for Marie-Antoinette."
 
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Creates a unique piece: a planetary pocket watch
"The astronomic planetary-watch was the sixth watch I made. It was specially commissioned by a collector of scientific objects."
 
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Prize awarded by the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation
"Becoming a laureate of the Fondation pour la Vocation, of which only thirty per year are chosen among thousands of candidates, was both an honor and a source of great encouragement."
 
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Birth of Charles
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Creates the Sympatique clock for Asprey London
"The creation of the Sympathique clock was an extremely thrilling experience. We owe the invention of the first of this kind to Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), but the technical specifications of my version were more complex."
 
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Balancier d’Or Prize awarded at the Watchmakers Convention in Madrid
"At the prize-giving ceremony for this award, I had absolutely no idea that around eight hundred guests would be sharing this moment. I was totally taken by surprise and it proved to be an unforgettable occasion!"
 
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Establishes a movement Manufacture in Switzerland
"This Manufacture was intended to be built on the various concepts I had developed for crafting one-of-a-kind models and to create products for watch brands. I left it later to settle in Geneva."
 
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First wristwatch
"I created my remontoire system in 1982 when making my second pocket watch. The prototype of the "Tourbillon Souverain" model, incorporating a remontoire within a wristwatch for the very first time, was made in 1991. I crafted the movement as well as the gear-trains entirely in 18K Gold. It is still part of my collection."
 
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Gaia award of the Best Watchmaker from the Institut l’Homme et le Temps
"Through the personalities it honors, this prize testifies to the quality of the Musée International d’Horlogerie and to the efforts of Mrs. Catherine Cardinal who was running this museum and founded the prize."
 
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Creates TIM SA, in Geneva, dedicated to developing exclusive calibers
"The creation of this structure was intended to give shape to my vision of contemporary and innovative Haute Horology. I began this activity with just one watchmaker."
 
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Launches a collection of chronometers signed F.P.Journe -Invenit et Fecit – and creates Montres Journe SA
"The collection of chronometers carrying my name and the label of authenticity "Invenit et Fecit" was met with tremendous success when presented at the Basel Show. However, I had designed the aesthetic lines of the collection five years earlier."
 
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World Premiere: Presents the Tourbillon Souverain
"I created my remontoire system in 1982 when making my second pocket watch. The prototype of the Tourbillon Souverain model, incorporating a remontoire within a wristwatch for the very first time, was made in 1991. I crafted the movement as well as the gear-trains entirely in 18K Gold. It is still part of my collection."
 
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World Premiere: Presents the Chronomètre à Résonance
"I began my research into the phenomenon of resonance in 1983, when creating the first resonance wristwatch. Courage and sheer stubbornness were my best weapons in my daily struggle to achieve this creation.
Today, the Chronomètre à Résonance fully satisfies my timekeeping requirements."
 
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Establishes the workshops and exhibition space of the brand in the centre of Geneva, rue de l’Arquebuse
"Moving from one employee to fifty implied finding a special location. It is located in a classified building dating back to 1892, in the heart of the Plainpalais district in the centre of Geneva which has become the hub of contemporary art. There we produce 3 to 4 watches a day."
 
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Presents the Sonnerie Souveraine in homage to the new Millennium
"The Sonnerie Souveraine was extremely complex to make due to its innovative concept, revealing part of the mechanism through the dial. It is now part of a private collection and it is a unique piece."
 
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Birth of Maxime
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World Premiere: Creates a mechanical mechanism with an automatic movement
"The creation of the Octa calibre was a real challenge for me, partly in terms of chronometry and timekeeping, but also in terms of respect of day-to-day comfort. I thus devised an automatic winding mechanical movement with a large power-reserve (120 hours) that could incorporate many future complications within the same volume. All models in the Octa collection are of identical in size and thickness."
 
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Association with Harry Winston for the creation of the Opus One collection
"I agreed to the proposal to work with Harry Winston since there are many parallels between our work ethic and creativity. The jeweller works with natural materials (metals and precious stones), whereas a watchmaker uses man-made alloys (such as brass, bronze, steel, corundum) in crafting a movement. This proved an extremely beautiful encounter; an act accomplished by aesthetes at the service of the exclusive and the exceptional, culminating in the production of eighteen pieces signed Opus One."
 
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Acquires the resonance regulator by Antide Janvier
"The acquisition of this regulator was an extremely emotional moment for me since it was made circa 1780 by one of the most brilliant French watchmakers in history: Antide Janvier. It symbolizes the link between the creation of my Chronomètre à Résonance and the most interesting 18th century research. It is one of the world's most beautiful regulators, which was the first known application of the phenomenon of resonance, along with two other such pieces currently on display in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva and the Paul Dupuis Museum in Toulouse. It is now part of the Montres Journe SA collection."
 
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First exhibition in the Geneva headquarters
"Only retailers with a truly horological approach can sell and promote our products. Only a few possess this competence worldwide and only can represent F.P.Journe properly. It is thus pointless for our company to take part in watch shows since our clients visit us throughout the year! Especially since the manufacture is located in the centre of Geneva and we can welcome clients in a more pleasant and friendly way. They also have the opportunity to visit the watchmaking workshops which are on the first floor. Moreover, our production is limited by nature, since all the movements are signed F.P.Journe -Invenit et Fecit- and this does not allow us to foresee opening other points of sale for the time being. There is thus no reason to be present at these "supermarkets" of the watchmaking industry."
 
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève: Prix Spécial du Jury for the Octa Calendrier Annuel
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Opening of the first F.P.Journe Boutique in Tokyo and creation of Montres Journe Japon KK (September)
The F.P.Journe - Invenit et Fecit - brand has opened a Boutique in Tokyo's equivalent of the Parisian St. Germain-des-Prés, a stone's throw away from the superb Nezu museum, in the Omotesando district. An elaborate place with lounge, bar and a watchmaking library where collectors and devotees of fine watchmaking will be able to get together and discuss their shared passion or acquire chronometers which are produced in limited numbers of a few hundreds a year. A location nestled within one of the most beautiful creations by the architect of spirituality: Mr. Tadao Ando. Already a reference for the initiated in the field of contemporary chronometry.
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève : Prix de la Montre Homme for the Octa Lune
The Octa Lune, developed on the mechanic calibre with automatic winding Octa and allowing five days of power reserve.
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In Japan, the Chronomètre à Résonance receives the Jury Prize of Watch of the Year
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Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: 
Receives the ultimate award "L’Aiguille d’Or" (The Golden Hand)
 for his creation the Tourbillon Souverain
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In Japan, the Tourbillon Souverain receives the Grand Prize Watch of the Year
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François-Paul Journe is honored with the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève: Prix de la Montre Homme for the Chronomètre Souverain
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe Hong Kong and creation of Montres Journe Hong-Kong (October)
Prince’s Building, in the historic centre of Hong Kong.
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In Japan, the Sonnerie Souveraine receives the Watch of the Year Award
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève : Grand Prix de L'Aiguille d'Or for the Sonnerie Souveraine
F.P.Journe receives for the second time the ultimate award.
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Inauguration of the new Exhibition Space in the Manufacture (April)
F.P.Journe featuring an exceptional astronomical clock by C.L Detouche (1855) restored during 3 years by the Musée International d’Horlogerie of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe Geneva, the first in Europe (April)
Place Longemalle, in the historic centre of Geneva.
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Exhibition Steel Time in the new Exhibition space of the Manufacture (October 15 to December 21)
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe Boca Raton
On Mizner Park, the first in the USA.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Répétition Souveraine, ultra slim minute repeater (April)
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The Centigraphe Souverain is awarded “Watch of the Year” on Timezone.com (April)
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The Répétition Souveraine receives the Watch of the Year Award by Tiempo de Relojes in the category Grand Complication
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève : Grand Prix de l'Aiguille d'Or for the Centigraphe Souverain
F.P.Journe receives for the 3rd time the ultimate award.
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The Répétition Souveraine receives the Champions of Times Best Technical Innovation Award in China with Time Square Magazine (November)
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe Paris (December)
On Faubourg St-Honoré, next to the Elysée Palace.
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Exhibition Masterpieces of French Horology at the F.P.Journe Manufacture featuring 12 historic clocks made by the great French masters in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries (January)
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The Répétition Souveraine receives the Best of the Best award, Watch of the Year by Robb Report in the USA (June)
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Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Beijing
In the Yintai center, steps away from the Tienanmen square.
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe New York (November)
On the famous Madison Avenue.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Chronomètre Bleu (January)
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1st Anniversary of the Boutique F.P.Journe New York
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The Vagabondage II receives the Best Technical Innovation Watch Award at Champions of Times in China (November)
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Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève: F.P.Journe is awarded the Grand Complication Prize for the Chronomètre à Résonance
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Octa UTC (January)
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The Centigraphe Sport N° 001 sold as a World Premiere at auction at Christie’s for close to 10 times its original price
The first wristwatch of the lineSport entirely in aluminum, case, bracelet and movement was sold in Hong Kong in June in favor of the Japanese victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.
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Opening of the first Espace F.P.Journe in Buenos Aires Argentina with our partner Simonetta Orsini
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F.P.Journe receives a new distinction at the New York Lotos Club (December)
The Lotos Club, New York's oldest literary club founded on March 15, 1870, presented F.P.Journe with a distinction for his work as an exceptional watchmaker.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Automatique Réserve, second watch of the lineSport collection (January)
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F.P.Journe signs a partnership with Jean Alesi and Lotus to race the 500 miles of Indianapolis (May)
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The Forbes Galleries in New York exhibit the Steel Time collection
An historic F.P.Journe collection of over 250 steel in burnished steel made between 1850 and 1910.
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In homage to the partnership with Jean Alesi
Launch of the Limited Series of 99 pieces Octa Sport Indy 500
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Opening of the Boutique F.P.Journe in Miami (December)
At Bal Harbor Shops.
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Launch of the Chronomètre Optimum in the 7 F.P.Journe Boutiques of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva, Paris, New York, Miami and Boca Raton
Emblematic haute horology timepiece that incorporates for the first time in a wristwatch the finest components in the history of watchmaking.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Octa Quantième Perpétuel (January)
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A F.P.Journe watch starring in the movie Möbius on the wrist of Jean Dujardin
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Award of Best Independant Watchmaker presented by the magazine Spiral in Hong Kong
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Special Jury Prize for his Watchmaking Career during the Watch of the Year Award in Poland, with the magazine Chrono 24
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Launch in Tokyo of the Anniversary Tourbillon commemorating 30 years of François-Paul Journe horological career (October)
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Opening of a F.P.Journe Boutique Salon in Los Angeles (November)
On Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the first Ladies collection, élégante by F.P.Journe (January)
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François-Paul Journe, Official Watchmaker of France-China 50, creates the 2 Platinum commemorative watches (January)
The Octa Automatique Lune with specific blue dial and the élégante with translucent Jade dial.
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François-Paul Journe invited to the Elysée Palace for the official dinner given during the state visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping (March)
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Launch of the Octa Sport and Centigraphe Sport F.P.Journe in Titanium grade 5, high tech and ultra-light material (July)
In a quest for performance and lightness, the movement and dial are made of aluminum alloy and this watch weighs from 60 to 70 grams depending of the model.
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Opening of the 10th F.P.Journe Boutique in Beirut, Lebanon, in the prestigious Achrafieh district (September)
Launch of the Chronomètre Bleu Byblos in a Limited Series of 99 pieces, realized especially for the opening of the Beirut Boutique.
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10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon - draw for the attribution of these 10 exclusive timepieces
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Presentation of the magnificent 90 pages, Book Sonnerie Souveraine – Grande Sonnerie (October)
That book revisits the centuries-long history of striking watches as well as that of the outstanding Sonnerie Souveraine F.P.Journe with grand strike and minute repeater, of which only 4 examples are produced by the manufacture each year .
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The élégante receives its first distinction “Ladies Watch of the Year 2014” at the Montre de l’Année (October)
Award ceremony organized by the magazine Montres Passion and the media group Ringier in Geneva.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Octa Lune (January)
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F.P.Journe supports the AHCI and sponsors the Young Talent Competition (March)
It offers apprentices and young watchmakers the opportunity to present their creations and highlight their talent by participating in the Young Talent Competition.
Award ceremony to the winners: Alexandre Götze, Switzerland – Kristian Myren, Denmark – Sebastian Schlette & Pontus Köhler, Sweden.
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Creation of two unique timepieces for Action Innocence (May)
F.P.Journe supports Action Innocence for the celebration of its 15th Anniversary in offering two unique pieces for the charity auction in Geneva, in favor of the protection of children on internet.
The Tourbillon Souverain sold for the stunning price of CHF 650’000.
The élégante sold for CHF 55’000.
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The Historic Size 38, exclusive Set of 5 emblematic F.P.Journe watches with a 38 mm Steel case
Wishing to celebrate the end of the historic 38 mm case after 25 years of existence, F.P.Journe has created 38 exclusive collector’s sets containing 5 emblematic and historic watches in 38 mm with a case in Steel. 4 out of the 5 watches are no longer in production.
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Creation of a unique timepiece especially for Only Watch, the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu (November)
For the first time ever a tourbillon is made with a case entirely in Tantalum and a blue chrome dial.
The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu sold for CHF 550’000.
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The Octa Lune awarded at the Montre de l’Année (November)
F.P.Journe is honored once again at the Watch of the Year Award. This year, the Octa Lune is awarded the 2nd Prize of the Jury.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Octa Divine (January)

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Young Talent Competition with the AHCI (April)
Awards to the Winners: Anton Sukhanov, Russia – Anna-Rose Kirk, England – Tristan Ledard, France.
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120’000 euros for the Centigraphe Souverain F.P.Journe, unique timepiece sold at auction in favor of the ICM
The charity gala for the ICM, Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, took place at the Conciergerie in Paris in the presence of many prestigious guests. F.P.Journe has created for the occasion, a unique timepiece of his model the Centigraphe Souverain in Platinum, producing a dial in blue mother of pearl featuring the ICM logo. It sold for 120’000 euros and the entire amount has been given to ICM.
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Acquire a legacy timepiece from the F.P.Journe patrimoine, new service for collectors
In providing this new service, F.P.Journe allows its collectors to enrich their collection by giving them the opportunity to purchase rare watches that are no longer in production.
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10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong F.P.Journe Boutique (October)
Celebration with a Limited Series of 20 pieces numbered and followed by the name of the celebrating city, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Hong Kong.
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Presentation of the Centigraphe Anniversaire in Tokyo (October)
The F.P.Journe Boutique in Tokyo presented its Centigraphe Anniversary edition with a limited series of 10 pieces. The presentation was accompanied by a retrospective of the F.P.Journe Titanium Anniversary Series (Chronomètre Souverain 2005 - Chronomètre à Résonance 2006 - Tourbillon Souverain 2007 - Octa Perpétuelle 2010).
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Havana Dial
F.P.Journe has created a warm-colored dial that perfectly matches the 40mm Platinum and 18K 6N Gold cases and the caramel alligator straps.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the third and last edition of the Vagabondage, the Vagabondage III (January)
World premiere: Digital jumping seconds - produced in a limited series of 69 pieces in Platinum and 68 pieces in 18 K 6N Gold.
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Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Kiev (February)
In the prestigious Arkhitektora district in Ukraine.
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Hommage au Talent Award (March)
The Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie presents a new distinction to François-Paul Journe, the Hommage au Talent awarding an outstanding personality in watchmaking.
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10th Anniversary of the Geneva F.P.Journe Boutique (May)
Celebration with a Limited Series of 10 pieces numbered and followed by the name of the celebrating city, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Genève.
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The Chronomètre Optimum for Action Innocence (May)
200’000 CHF for the Chronomètre Optimum, unique piece sold for Action Innocence’s charity gala.
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The Limited Series F.P.Journe and Holland & Holland (October)
F.P.Journe and Holland & Holland, a partnership of distinction for the launch of an exclusive common artwork, the Chronomètre Holland & Holland in Limited Series.
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The highest price ever paid for an F.P.Journe watch at auction (November)
The Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Bleu, unique timepiece developed exclusively for Only Watch, sold for the astounding price of CHF 1’150’000.-
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F.P.Journe at the SIHH (January)
F.P.Journe participates for the first time at the SIHH with a booth dedicated to the élégante by F.P.Journe.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Chronographe Rattrapante (January)
The lineSport collection broadens with the new Chronographe Rattrapante available in Platinum PT 950, 18K 6N Gold or Titanium grade 5.
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The Young Talent Competition (January)
Awards to the Winners at the SIHH: Charles Routhier, France - Théo Auffret, Switzerland - Rémy Cools, France.
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15th Anniversary of the Tokyo F.P.Journe Boutique
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10th Anniversary of the Paris F.P.Journe Boutique (November)
Celebration with a Limited Series of 10 pieces numbered and followed by the name of the celebrating city, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Paris.
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Annual Salon at the F.P.Journe Manufacture and presentation of the Tourbillon Souverain (January)
F.P.Journe celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tourbillon Souverain with a new tourbillon whose cage is vertical, rather than the traditional horizontal one. “I designed this vertical tourbillon so that the tourbillon’s functions remain constant whether the watch lies flat with an ardillon buckle or is placed on its side with a deployant clasp, and the amplitude is consequently the same, whether the watch has and lies on its side.”
 
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The Young Talent Competition (January)
Award to the Winner: Tyler John Davies, England, for his clock Equilibrium.
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Opening of the Maison F.P.Journe in Miami (February)
F.P.Journe opens the first Maison F.P.Journe on 320 square meters in the EPIC hotel in the heart of downtown Miami, along the Miami River, in Florida.
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New World record for an F.P.Journe watch, the Astronomic Blue, sold during the Only Watch charity auction for CHF 1’800’000.- (November)
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that make every F.P. Journe watch a unique piece.

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THE LARGE DATE
The F.P. Journe patented ultra-thin large date display consists of two concentric discs carrying the numerals encircled by a driving-wheel to ensure admirable readability.
The exclusive balance
All chronometers in the Souveraine and Octa collections house an exclusive large-size four-arm balance, providing enhanced precision rating stability.
THE STRAP
The straps are conceived with the same attention to detail as the watches themselves.
They are available in different colors in hand-stitched crocodile leather or in platinum, or upon request in 6N gold.

The platinum folding clasps or tang-type buckles are personalised with the brand logo.
THE CASE
The two-part case, in solid platinum or in 18K rose gold, ensures a comfortable fit.
It is secured to the wrist with a metal bracelet or a hand-stitched crocodile leather bracelet.

Each F.P. Journe chronometer is engraved with its individual number on the case-back.
THE CROWN
All crowns on watches by F.P. Journe -Invenit et Fecit- are stylised by means of an individually created knurling effect.
THE HANDS
The personalised blue steel hands indicate the hours, minutes and seconds as well as the power reserve of F.P.Journe chronometers.
THE DIAL
The dial: in 18K Gold and silver guilloché

In the collection by F.P. Journe -Invenit et Fecit- the dial reveals the most hidden secrets of the mysterious mechanical gear-trains. Thanks to his own dial-makers' workshop, François-Paul Journe needs make no concessions and can allow his imagination to roam freely. His dials are the authentic faces of his watches and their elegant features do far more than simply show the time. Instead, they reveal the heart of each watch for all to admire.