Presentation of the Tourbillon Souverain in Basel
Creation of Montres Journe SA
Development of the Manufacture at 17 Rue de l’Arquebuse - 1204 Genève
Presentation of the Chronomètre à Résonance in Basel
Presentation of the Octa Réserve de Marche in Basel
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix Special Jury award for the Octa Calendrier
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix Prize for the Best Men's Watch for the Octa Lune
The construction of the Octa line was developed on the basis of one of F.P.Journe's most sophisticated inventions: an automatic winding calibre designed to incorporate a variety of complications without modifying the size of the movement. Being a genuine chronometer, this calibre achieves an optimal balance between force, flexibility and efficiency. In 2002, the Octa Calendrier received the special Jury award and in 2003, the Octa Lune was awarded the prize for the Best Men's Watch.
Exclusive exhibition of F.P.Journe at PISA, Milan
Opening of the first Watchmaking salon of Montres Journe Japan KK in Tokyo
The F.P.Journe -Invenit et Fecit- brand opened a new watch showroom in Tokyo's Omotesando district - Tokyo's equivalent of the Parisian St. Germain-des-Prés - a stone's throw away from the superb Nezu museum. The boutique is complete with lounge, bar and watchmaking library, where collectors and aficionados of fine watchmaking can assemble and discuss their shared passion, or acquire chronometers which are produced in very limited numbers. The boutique is near one of the most beautiful spiritual buildings by architect Mr. Tadao Ando, and is already a reference for initiates in the field of contemporary chronometry.
Malaysia and Singapore
Annual F.P.Journe event
In the "History of Sciences Museum", housed in the magnificent Villa Bartholoni on the shores of Lake Geneva, F.P. Journe presented their new models to the international press. The complications with moon phases complemented the Museum's special feature: "Moon stories". For this occasion, the Geneva astronomical society displayed several drawings and visuals from the last century. This was the perfect occasion to remind us of the movements of our planet, something that has always fascinated mankind.
The exclusive F.P.Journe's exhibition was a great success with hundreds of visitors, all passionate to learn more about by horology. On this occasion, Montres Journe SA made an important announcement to the international press: the opening of Montres Journe Japon and the first showroom in Tokyo to follow this fall.
Musée d’histoire des sciences
In Japan, the Chronomètre à Résonance is awarded the Jury Prize for the Watch of the Year
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2004 F.P.Journe receives the ultimate Golden Hand Award for the Tourbillon Souverain
Montres Journe SA was founded only five years before. However, François-Paul Journe had already over twenty years of horological experience behind him. In 2002, the "Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix" rewarded him with the Special Jury Prize for his Octa Calendrier model, in 2003 with the Best Men's Watch Prize for the Octa Lune, and this year, the watchmaker earned the greatest distinction of all: the "Aiguille d'Or" (Gold Hand Award) for the Tourbillon Souverain with dead beat Seconds.
This crowning honour confirms that authenticity and innovation in horological science can have a definite impact on a panel of judges composed of the most brilliant personalities in the watchmaking world, even when we are talking about an annual production of less than one thousand watches!
Official website Watchmaking Grand Prix of Geneva www.worldtempus.com
In Japan, the Tourbillon Souverain is awarded the Watch of the Year Prize
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix Best Men's Watch for the Chronomètre Souverain
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix Receives the ultimate award «L’Aiguille d’Or» (The Golden Hand) for the Sonnerie Souveraine
Japan : second anniversary of the F.P.Journe Boutique
François-Paul Journe honoured with the title of "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres"
Annual F.P.Journe exhibition
Opening of the new F.P.Journe Boutique in the Prince's Building in the historic heart of Hong Kong
Inauguration of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Hong Kong
In Japan, the Sonnerie Souveraine is awarded the Watch of the Year Prize
Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in the historical centre of Geneva, at place Longemalle
Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in the renowned Mizner Park in Boca Raton, Florida
First anniversary of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Hong Kong
The annual event of the Action Innocence association - AIG
In an auction held on March 9th at the annual Action Innocence Association (AIG) even, the Chronomètre Souverain (RRP Sfr26,000) attracted a bid of Sfr160,000.
Annual event of the IRP Spring Ball
To help the IRP foundation - www.irp.ch - win their fight against paraplegia, legendary actor Alain Delon and master watchmaker François-Paul Journe signed an exceptional watch which joined their passion for art. The timepiece pays homage to the lifetime's work of the Italian director Luchino Visconti - AKA The Cheetah. The dial in white Gold was superbly engraved by Bernard Ditzoff, whose talent portrayed the image in the style of Rembrandt Bugatti, who was the favourite sculptor of the actor.
Three cheetahs appear to play with time and impose themselves as if eternal on this timeless watch. The cult film, 'The Cheetah', premiered in June 1963 and has the eternal timelessness of all great works of art. Drawn from the novel of Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, the film tells the story of the decline of the aristocracy from the 19th century. The performance of Alain Delon alongside Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale enriched the 7th art. This timepiece, with which they pay homage, possesses all the elements of classicalism and originality.
The brother of the character of Alain Delon, played by Pierre Clementi, is called François-Paul. Today, it is François-Paul Journe who becomes an accessory to the actor, time for a sequel! That of the fight against paraplegia with the sensitivity of two artists. The watch will be auctioned on March 21, at the annual event of the IRP in the hotel President Wilson hotel, Geneva, with the biddings orchestrated by the magic wand of Simon de Pury.
Octa Cheetah - Unique Piece
Case in Platinium, diameter 40mm
Dial in white Gold
Motif: three cheetahs with the joint signatures of Alain Delon and F.P.Journe
Calibre 1300.3, mvt in 18k red Gold
Arrival of the Clock by Detouche in the new exhibition space
Inauguration of the new exhibition space at the F.P.Journe Manufacture
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Inauguration of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Place Longemalle, Geneva
Inauguration of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Boca Raton, Florida
The new exhibition area of the F.P.Journe Manufacture hosts a display of the Steel Time pocket watch collection
Annual show Manufacture Montres Journe SA
F.P.Journe commits to the ICM in Paris
June 18th, 2008, François-Paul Journe joined the founding members of the ICM in Paris to lay the first stone of the future ICM building on the site of the CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, in Paris. François-Paul Journe has committed to donate part of the profit of each Centigraphe to support the ICM to help fight against brain and spinal cord diseases.
Souveraine Minute Repeater Watch of the Year in LOS RELOJES DEL AÑO 2008
François-Paul Journe receives the awards "Watch of the Year" in LOS RELOJES DEL AÑO 2008 for the Souveraine Minute Repeater in the category Grand Complication.
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix Receives the ultimate award «L'Aiguille d’Or» (The Golden Hand) for the Centigraphe Souverain
Paris Boutique Opening December 2008
Inauguration of the Boutique Salon in Paris
Masterpieces of French Horology Exhibition
Champions of Time in China (with Time Square Magazine) awards F.P.Journe with “Best Technique Innovation Watch” 2008 for the ultra-slim Minute Repeater
The Centigraphe Souverain is awarded «Watch of the Year 2008» on Timezone.com
Presentation of the Timezone.com Trophy “Watch of the Year 2008” in the exhibition room of the Manufacture
5th Anniversary F.P.Journe Tokyo Boutique
F.P.Journe New York Boutique Opening November 2009
F.P.Journe Beijing Boutique Opening November 2009
Inauguration of the New York Boutique
F.P.Journe homage diner to George Daniels
Exclusive dinner organised by F.P.Journe’s long time London partners John and William Asprey (William amp; Son)Thursday, June 24, 2010 at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. François-Paul Journe honored his friend and mentor George Daniels, one of the foremost watchmakers of the 20th century, who gave him the creative inspiration that has significantly stirred his horological career with the presentation of a homage F.P.Journe watch especially made for him.
The dinner gathered some of the most prominent faces of the horological scene who had a serious implication in bringing back the long gone memories of the great watch masters: independent master watchmakers and some of George Daniels’ intimate friends.
Official opening F.P.Journe Boutique in Beijing, Yintai Centre
June 10, 2010. This is the first F.P.Journe Boutique in mainland China and the brand’s sixth boutique around the world, after Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva, Paris and New York. The Ambassador of Switzerland in Beijing, Mr. Blaise Godet, and the General Manager of Beijing Yintai Property Co., Ltd., Ms. Zhu Xiaodong, together with Francois-Paul Journe, cut the inauguration ribbon before welcoming the VIP guests.
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Grand Complication Prize for the Chronomètre à Résonance
For the 7th time since 2002, F.P.Journe is acclaimed by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie of Geneva for his horological creations of exception. It makes him the most awarded contemporary watchmaker of his generation, without including the numerous additional awards presented around the world.
This award is a beautiful homage for the Chronomètre à Résonance, with its two perfectly synchronised beating mechanical hearts, of which the new interpretation is celebrates the 10 years of this remarkable complication. And as a fortunate wink, it is awarded on the 10th anniversary of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Since 2002, François-Paul Journe has received distinctions every year at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie of Geneva, except in 2007 and 2009, while he was a member of the Jury.
2002: Octa Calendrier, Special Jury Prize
2003: Octa Lune, Prize for Best Men’s Watch
2004: Tourbillon Souverain, Golden Hand «Aiguille d’Or»
2005: Chronomètre Souverain, Prize for Best Men’s Watch
2006: Sonnerie Souveraine, Golden Hand «Aiguille d’Or»
2008: Centigraphe Souverain, Golden Hand «Aiguille d’Or»
2010: Chronomètre à Résonance,Haute Complication «Grand Complication»
November Champions of Time, China “Best Technical Innovation” Award for the Vagabondage II
November 1st Anniversary of the F.P.Journe Boutique in New York
F.P.Journe exhibits at the Salon Belles Montres Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 26 to 28 November
December F.P.Journe inauguration with the new Italian retailer GMT Great Masters of Time in Milano, November
F.P.Journe Annual Exhibition Exhibition room of the Geneva Manufacture Presentation of the new Octa UTC January 17 to 21
F.P.Journe Collector’s night February 17, F.P.Journe Boutique New York
The Centigraphe Sport No 001 sold for relief aid to Japan victims at Christie's auction for close to 10 times its original estimate
Hong Kong, May 30, 2011 - Christie’s and F.P.Journe have jointly announced the extraordinary sales result for the first all Aluminium Centigraphe Sport No 001. It was sold during Hong Kong Christie’s auction to raise funds in relief aid to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. The final price soared to an extraordinary HK$ 3,620,000 /US$ 465,170, close to ten times its original estimate.
Charity donation ceremony for Japan disaster victims, embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, June 3rd, 2011
Tokyo, June 3rd, 2011 - The donation ceremony took place at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, in the presence of his Excellence the Ambassador Mr. Urs Bucher, Mr. François-Paul Journe, Ms. Yuko Fukagawa from Christie’s Japan, Mr. Richard Bliah, founder of the franco-japanese FERE foundation, and the representative of Médecins du Monde. With its programme ‘100 maisons pour 100 familles’, the FERE Foundation is constructing 100 temporary anti-seismic wooden houses to relocate family victims in the northern city of Tome. The F.P.Journe donation will allow through the FERE foundation to finance 7 full houses for 7 families with all implantation costs.
The launch of the Octa Sport in premiere at the F.P.Journe Boutique in New York
New York, November 30, 2011 - During an exclusive Collector’s night in the New York Boutique, F.P.Journe introduced the Octa Sport in World Premiere, second model of the lineSport. The Octa Sport is an ultra-light watch entirely in Aluminium with a high horology movement, especially made for a proficient sporty activity. The new timepiece will be officially launched during the F.P.Journe watch salon next January in Geneva.
Official opening of the firt Espace F.P.Journe in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, December 5th, 2011 - F.P.Journe celebrated the opening of the first ESPACE F.P.JOURNE in the world in Buenos Aires with its wonderful partner Simonetta Orsini at Petit Palais.
F.P.Journe said: «We are proud to open the first Espace F.P.Journe in this prestigious and elegant building and with such a renowned Institution as Petit Palais, bringing together the most prestigious Watch and Jewellery brands in the world. We are looking forward to a successful and long term relationship with them, and we are happy to introduce the new lineSport in South America».
F.P.Journe receives a new distinction from the Lotos Club of New York
New York, December 1st, 2011 - F.P.Journe was hosted by the New York Lotos Club, the very select and oldest Literary Club in America founded on March 15, 1870 by a group of young writers, journalists and critics. He was received with two other important members of the horological scene, Michael Clerizo, author of the new book "Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking" that he was launching that night, and Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin USA. The Lotos Club members include some of the most prominent figures amongst which former American Presidents, celebrities of the art world, literary, scientific and finance eminences. The New York Lotos Club, synonymous of prestige and civility, has paid tribute to F.P.Journe for its technical innovations in watchmaking and his work as an exceptional watchmaker.
The Centigraphe Sport entirely in Aluminium worn by Ambassador Jean Alesi who will race at Indy 500 in the Lotus Dallara
Indianapolis 500 on 27 May, 2012, will see a double grand premiere: for Jean Alesi taking part in this legendary race for the first time in his career, wearing the Centigraphe Sport on his wrist, and for F.P.Journe who’s colours will be emblazoned on the Lotus Dallara.
This partnership will promote the launch of the new F.P.Journe lineSport and will celebrate the shared common values of both Lotus and F.P.Journe: philosophy of excellence, sense of innovation, performance and lightness through the use of Aluminium, exclusive craftsmanship combined with an elitist production.
F.P.Journe exhibits the Steel Time collection at the Forbes Galleries in New York
New York, STEEL TIME Exhibition, The Forbes Galleries, from May 1st to September 15, 2012 - After Geneva and Tokyo, the renewed Forbes Galleries in New York at 62 Fifth Avenue will host the exhibition Steel Time exhibition, featuring the largest historic collection of gunmetal watches -burnished steel- a remarkable display of 200 watches made between 1850 and 1910, property of F.P.Journe. Each piece is unique in a variety of styles and techniques, but all have echoed in the wristwatches produced today.
Inauguration of the Cadraniers and Boîtiers de Genève
Meyrin, 18 September 2012 – The official inauguration of the Cadraniers de Genève and the Boîtiers de Genève took place last Tuesday at 6 o'clock in a joint building located in the district of Meyrin, canton of Geneva, at 11 rue Emma Kammacher. This new prestigious watchmaking pole reunites, under the same roof, the whole of the watch casing production (dials, cases and metal bracelets) on 2'600 m2.
The Cadraniers and Boîtiers de Genève were inaugurated by Mr. Pierre-François Unger, President of the Swiss State Council, and by Mr. Pierre-Alain Tschudi, Mayor of Meyrin, who cut the official ribbon in company of the two directors of both companies, François-Paul Journe, CEO and Founder of F.P.Journe, and Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, co-shareholder of the Cadraniers de Genève.
International launch of the Chronomètre Optimum, new masterpiece of the Souveraine Collection
After Tokyo on the 5th of October, Hong Kong on the 9th and Beijing on the 11th, the new Chronomètre Optimum continued its world tour in Geneva on November the 14th for its official presentation to the VIP clients of the F.P.Journe Boutiques. It will pursue its journey in Paris on November the 22nd, New York the 28th, to end in Bal Harbour Miami on November the 30th.
Official opening F.P.Journe boutique in Bal Harbour, Miami
December 1st, 2012 - F.P.Journe has celebrated the opening of its Boutique in Bal Harbour, in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. François-Paul Journe was present to cut the official ribbon of the new Boutique in the presence of Amélie Lefevere, new CEO of F.P.Journe, Matthew Whitman Lazenby, owner of the Mall, Richard Furnari, Boutique Director, and Pierre Halimi, Director of F.P.Journe Amercia. It is the eighth Boutique opened by the brand after Geneva, Paris, New York, Boca Raton, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing.
An F.P.Journe watch starring in the movie Möbius
The Octa Calendrier performed in Möbius on the wrist of Gregory Lioubov played by Jean Dujardin.
The new movie with Jean Dujardin, Cécile de France and Tim Roth tells the story of Gregory Lioubov, an FSB agent (Russian secret services) who is sent to Monaco to investigate the activities of a powerful billionaire businessman played by Tim Roth. During the mission, the services recruit Alice, a gifted finance wizard played by Cécile de France. Suspecting her betrayal, Gregory will break the golden rule in contacting Alice, his undercover agent. Arises between them a passion that will inevitably hasten their downfall.
In the Theatres from February 27.
Opening of the F.P.Journe boutique in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA. (July 16 2013): F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit, renowned watch brand which produces unparalled precision chronometers at the crossroads of Art and High Horology, recently opened its fourth US Boutique and the first on the west coast in Los Angeles. The Boutique is located on Sunset Boulevard in the most popular shopping and dining destination Sunset Plaza.
Celebrating 30 years of exceptional F.P.Journe creations
October 18, 2013: To commemorate his first pocket watch with tourbillon made in 1983, François-Paul Journe presents a new interpretation of the original in the form of a wristwatch the Historical Tourbillon in a Limited Series of 99 pieces.
This Anniversary Edition was presented in Avant Première in Tokyo, during the 10th Anniversary of the first F.P.Journe Boutique.
Best Independant Watchmaker 2013
F.P.Journe is awarded "Best Independant Watchmaker 2013" by the magazine Spiral in Hong Kong
Special Jury Prize for his Watchmaking Career
«Special Jury Prize for his Watchmaking Career» is presented to F.P.Journe during the Watch of the Year Award in Poland with the magazine Chrono 24
Official Opening of the Los Angeles Boutique
November 15 - The official Los Angeles opening party was a success with guest attending from the whole west coast. The presence of two super stars topped the evening: French actor Dany Boon and pro-basketball player JJ Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Launch of the first collection for ladies «ELEGANTE»
January 22nd, 2014 - F.P.Journe was holding a press conference during its January annual show, to introduce its first Ladies collection the «élégante».
F.P. Journe has developed a revolutionary horological concept, designed and conceived exclusively for women. The « élégante » is a long-lasting watch offering 10 years of use when worn and up to 18 years in standby mode. The time is stopped when not worn, and started again when put back on. It combines the comfort of use of an electromechanical watch with feminity, elegance and precision.
10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon Draw for the attribution of the 10 exclusive timepieces
January 22nd, 2014 - The 10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon, produced in a very exclusive Series limited to 10 timepieces, celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the first F.P.Journe Boutique in Tokyo, jointly with the inauguration of the 10th Boutique in Beirut. Perfect demonstration of the rarity of its precision chronometers, only one watch is credited per Boutique. A solution, for the least unusual, was found by François-Paul Journe for the attribution of these 10 exclusive timepieces: «Our ten Boutiques have each proposed us candidates among our faithful collectors. The name of the 10 lucky clients were randomly selected by draw during our January annual fair in Geneva.»
Awarding of the prix SOLO ARTGENEVE-F.P.JOURNE
29 January - F.P.Journe has become sponsor of the salon artgenève and inaugurates the first Prix Solo artgenève-F.P.Journe that awards the best monographic exhibition presented by a participating gallery. The prize was awarded by François-Paul Journe during the salon opening ceremony to Roman Signer, represented by the Zürich Häusler Contemporary.
F.P.Journe official watchmaker of France-China 50
Fifty years ago, on January 27, 1964, guided by a visionary spirit and extraordinary political courage, General de Gaulle and President Mao Tse Tung opened the way for exchanges between China and France. France thus became the first major Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing.
With over 30 years of savoir-faire and creativity, F.P.Journe is the Official Watchmaker of France-China 50 to represent excellence in the field of haute horology. F.P.Journe has designed the commemorative watches - an exclusive edition of the Octa Automatique Lune in Platinum with a novel blue dial adorned with the F.P.Journe logo interwoven with that of France-China 50 - and an unique version of the Elégante in Platinum with a translucent Jade dial created in homage to China. These two watches will be presented at several commemorative events in France and in China.
Wednesday March 26 ; François-Paul Journe is invited to the official dinner given by the French President François Hollande at the Elysée for the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit in France.
Chronomètre Bleu Byblos Limited Series of 99 pieces
For the first time F.P.Journe has used a cut out dial to reveal the unique beauty of its 18K rose Gold mechanical movement with guilloche decoration. With its blue hour circle featuring Arabic numerals, the Chronomètre Bleu «BYBLOS» represents the sun of the Orient set in a Mediterranean blue sky. This exclusive Limited Series celebrates the opening of the 10th F.P.Journe Boutique in Beirut.
An unusual touch is the F.P.Journe logo engraved on the movement, in which the «J» is inscribed in the Phoenician alphabet representing the letter «Yodh». Pronounced «J», it symbolizes the hand, thus emphasizing the importance of handcrafting in the F.P.Journe creations.
The Chronomètre Bleu «BYBLOS» is available in the F.P.Journe Boutiques in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boca Raton and Beirut.
The Book _ Sonnerie Souveraine-Grande Sonnerie
F.P. Journe’s extraordinary grande sonnerie and minute repeating watch guarantees both functionality and security - protected by no fewer than ten patents
F.P. Journe presents the book of the Grande Sonnerie watch. It revisits the centuries-long history of striking watches as well as that of the outstanding Sonnerie Souveraine, of which only 4 examples are produced by the manufacture each year.
The Grande Sonnerie and Répétition Minutes wristwatch is one of the most complex horological creations. For the first time in history, a grand strike clock watch offers true comfort and total security. 35 040 automatic chimes and 332 880 hammer strikes rings the time. The Sonnerie Souveraine F.P.Journe sets a clear precedent, embodying its creator’s mechanical vision in its musical expression of time. It ensures that his name will go down in history as having enriched horology and given life to new ideas that enhance the science of time measurement.
This watch is protected by ten patents attesting to the "Invenit*" of this work of Art, and six years of research and development to the "Fecit*" in the Manufacture’s motto.
This magnificent 90-page book, in three parts, is illustrated with many original photographs. It is written by Jean-Claude Sabrier for the historical section and Vincent Daveau for the history of the Sonnerie Souveraine. The final section describes the watch’s 10 patents, the details of its functions, its exclusive security systems, and the art of sublimating mechanism in music.
In addition, the book in its luxury edition features an audio system that makes it possible to hear this extraordinary watch strike the hours, the quarters and the minutes. For sale in the F.P.Journe Boutiques.