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Result of technical watchmaking challenges
thrusts beyond the limits.

Centigraphe Souverain Calibre 1506

White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel and red lacquered Titanium hands
Platinum case
Finishing
White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel and red lacquered Titanium hands
Platinum case
Calibre 1506
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 50 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 34.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 34.00 mm
  • Overall height : 5.60 mm
  • Height of hands : 1.45 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.69 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.20 mm
Balance :

    Free-sprung balance
    Four adjustable inertia weights
    Anachron balance spring
    Mobile stud holders
    Pinned GE stud
    Spring pinned to the collect

Frequency :

    21,600 v/h, (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg / cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: > 320°
    24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement :

    In-line lever escapement
    15-tooth escape wheel

Indications :

    Central hours and minutes
    One-second chronograph hand at 10 o'clock.
    20-seconds chronograph hand at 2 o'clock.
    10-minutes chronograph hand at 6 o'clock.

Chronograph :

    Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring.
    1/100th second readout
    Power Reserve:
    Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
    24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes :

    Circular stripes on the bridges
    Circular graining on the baseplate
    Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends
    Straight-grained steel work

Control :

    Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
    Three-position winding crown:
    Position 0: disengaged
    Position 1: winding
    Position 2: time-setting

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 284
    Cased up with strap: 324


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - Chronographe N°: EP 07405107 | Switch (rocker arm) N°: EP 1818734 A1
Technical description

For this movement unlike any other, F.P. Journe has set up an ergonomic chronograph activation system with a rocker arm that allows the chronograph to start, stop and zero at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. The chronograph function has also been isolated from the timekeeping function, meaning that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
These two innovations have been patented.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometer into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36'000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.
18K red Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel and red lacquered Titanium hands
18K red Gold case
Calibre 1506
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 50 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 34.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 34.00 mm
  • Overall height : 5.60 mm
  • Height of hands : 1.45 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.69 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.20 mm
Balance :

    Free-sprung balance
    Four adjustable inertia weights
    Anachron balance spring
    Mobile stud holders
    Pinned GE stud
    Spring pinned to the collect

Frequency :

    21,600 v/h, (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg / cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: > 320°
    24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement :

    In-line lever escapement
    15-tooth escape wheel

Indications :

    Central hours and minutes
    One-second chronograph hand at 10 o'clock.
    20-seconds chronograph hand at 2 o'clock.
    10-minutes chronograph hand at 6 o'clock.

Chronograph :

    Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring.
    1/100th second readout
    Power Reserve:
    Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
    24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes :

    Circular stripes on the bridges
    Circular graining on the baseplate
    Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends
    Straight-grained steel work

Control :

    Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
    Three-position winding crown:
    Position 0: disengaged
    Position 1: winding
    Position 2: time-setting

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 284
    Cased up with strap: 324


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - Chronographe N°: EP 07405107 | Switch (rocker arm) N°: EP 1818734 A1
Technical description

For this movement unlike any other, F.P. Journe has set up an ergonomic chronograph activation system with a rocker arm that allows the chronograph to start, stop and zero at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. The chronograph function has also been isolated from the timekeeping function, meaning that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
These two innovations have been patented.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometer into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36'000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.
White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel and red lacquered Titanium hands
Platinum case and bracelet
Calibre 1506
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 50 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 34.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 34.00 mm
  • Overall height : 5.60 mm
  • Height of hands : 1.45 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.69 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.20 mm
Balance :

    Free-sprung balance
    Four adjustable inertia weights
    Anachron balance spring
    Mobile stud holders
    Pinned GE stud
    Spring pinned to the collect

Frequency :

    21,600 v/h, (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg / cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: > 320°
    24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement :

    In-line lever escapement
    15-tooth escape wheel

Indications :

    Central hours and minutes
    One-second chronograph hand at 10 o'clock.
    20-seconds chronograph hand at 2 o'clock.
    10-minutes chronograph hand at 6 o'clock.

Chronograph :

    Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring.
    1/100th second readout
    Power Reserve:
    Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
    24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes :

    Circular stripes on the bridges
    Circular graining on the baseplate
    Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends
    Straight-grained steel work

Control :

    Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
    Three-position winding crown:
    Position 0: disengaged
    Position 1: winding
    Position 2: time-setting

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 284
    Cased up with strap: 324


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - Chronographe N°: EP 07405107 | Switch (rocker arm) N°: EP 1818734 A1
Technical description

For this movement unlike any other, F.P. Journe has set up an ergonomic chronograph activation system with a rocker arm that allows the chronograph to start, stop and zero at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. The chronograph function has also been isolated from the timekeeping function, meaning that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
These two innovations have been patented.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometer into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36'000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.
18K red Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel and red lacquered Titanium hands
18K red Gold case and bracelet
Calibre 1506
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 50 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 34.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 34.00 mm
  • Overall height : 5.60 mm
  • Height of hands : 1.45 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.69 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.20 mm
Balance :

    Free-sprung balance
    Four adjustable inertia weights
    Anachron balance spring
    Mobile stud holders
    Pinned GE stud
    Spring pinned to the collect

Frequency :

    21,600 v/h, (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg / cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: > 320°
    24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement :

    In-line lever escapement
    15-tooth escape wheel

Indications :

    Central hours and minutes
    One-second chronograph hand at 10 o'clock.
    20-seconds chronograph hand at 2 o'clock.
    10-minutes chronograph hand at 6 o'clock.

Chronograph :

    Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring.
    1/100th second readout
    Power Reserve:
    Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
    24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes :

    Circular stripes on the bridges
    Circular graining on the baseplate
    Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends
    Straight-grained steel work

Control :

    Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
    Three-position winding crown:
    Position 0: disengaged
    Position 1: winding
    Position 2: time-setting

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 284
    Cased up with strap: 324


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - Chronographe N°: EP 07405107 | Switch (rocker arm) N°: EP 1818734 A1
Technical description

For this movement unlike any other, F.P. Journe has set up an ergonomic chronograph activation system with a rocker arm that allows the chronograph to start, stop and zero at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. The chronograph function has also been isolated from the timekeeping function, meaning that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
These two innovations have been patented.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometer into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36'000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.
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About
The Centigraphe Souverain supports the ICM Institute in Paris, contributing to medical research to help fight brain and spinal cord diseases.
The art of converting 6km/h into 36'000km/h

François-Paul Journe, ingenious researcher into useful and original timepieces, once again surprises us with an unprecedented new chronograph.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometre into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36,000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.

The indications
The 100th of a second hand revolves around the dial in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second. Theoretically it is possible to time an object moving at 36,000 km/h with the tachometer on the watch face, on which 36’000 is facing the 10 on the 100th of a second scale.
On the dial at 2 o’clock, the hand revolves once every 20 seconds on a time scale divided into seconds. The external tachometer scale indicates speeds.
The third dial, at 6 o’clock, graduated for 10 minutes, has a similar tachometer scale with speeds corresponding to 20-second markers. Thus, for example, a kilometre travelled in three minutes 40 seconds represents a speed of 16.4km/h (to within a decimal).

Patented ergonomic chronograph
The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a rocker at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. This ergonomic design, perfectly fitted to the wristwatch, is patented.

Patented chronograph mechanism
A second patent was granted for the mechanism’s ingenious configuration, which effectively isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This means the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.

The hands of the 100th of a second, the 20 seconds, and the 10 minutes counters are driven by two different wheel trains, themselves driven by the centre of the mainspring (system patented for the Sonnerie Souveraine). The 1-second counter and the 20-seconds counter are driven by two wheel-trains on either side of a single intermediate wheel driven by the barrel arbor (patented for the Sonnerie Souveraine).
Another separate train of wheels, also driven by the barrel arbor, drives the 10-minutes hand.

1/100th second recorder hand
The 100th of a second hand, released by the watch's escapement, makes one revolution of the dial per second. A wheel mounted on the escape wheel (4th wheel of the going train) releases the arbor to which the hand is fitted. The seconds are driven by the going train from the barrel, and by the energy of the chronograph train, as transmitted by the barrel arbor.

One ingenious feature of the 100th of a second is that it may be stopped anywhere along its one-second journey around its dial, even between two 100th-second divisions, enabling a fractional reading.
This is achieved by vertically disengaging the pinion of the 100th of a second hand from that of the escapement, which presses on the pivot shank and acts as a brake.

Return to zero
The 20-seconds hand and the 10-minutes hand arbors are zeroed by hammer levers acting on snail cams. The 100th of a second hand is stopped at zero by a beak protruding from its pinion, which presses on a lever and thus blocks the chronograph train.

Maintaining power and power reserve
The barrel features a maintaining power system in order to ensure that the driving force does not decrease during winding.
The mainspring supplies at least a 80 hours of power reserve without the chronograph, and 24 hours with the chronograph running.

The Centigraphe, an atypical Godfather: Jean Todt
For the creation of the Centigraphe, things happened slightly differently than for other creations. I met Jean Todt through the ICM Foundation, and during the course of our meetings we discussed the ideal chronograph for the world of car racing.

Research I carried out over 15 years ago for the creation of an exponential chronograph quickly showed me that a chronograph with 3 hands revolving at different speeds was a good starting point. I followed up with research on chronograph pushers, on questions regarding the balance of power in the movement, requirements, and energy loss, and I made use of a patent registered for the Sonnerie Souveraine. I patented two additional innovations concerning motricity. I am proud that Jean Todt has agreed to be the Centigraphe’s godfather.

The Centigraphe Contributes to the Medical Research of the ICM
In purchasing the Centigraphe, you are also supporting the medical research carried out by the ICM – Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris - to help fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis...
Along with Professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Jean Réno, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Michael Schumacher, amongst others, François-Paul Journe has committed to donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the ICM, with no time limit.
www.icm-institute.org
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 50 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 34.40 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 34.00 mm
  • Overall height : 5.60 mm
  • Height of hands : 1.45 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.69 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.20 mm
Balance :

    Free-sprung balance
    Four adjustable inertia weights
    Anachron balance spring
    Mobile stud holders
    Pinned GE stud
    Spring pinned to the collect

Frequency :

    21,600 v/h, (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg / cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: > 320°
    24h dial up: > 280°

Escapement :

    In-line lever escapement
    15-tooth escape wheel

Indications :

    Central hours and minutes
    One-second chronograph hand at 10 o'clock.
    20-seconds chronograph hand at 2 o'clock.
    10-minutes chronograph hand at 6 o'clock.

Chronograph :

    Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring.
    1/100th second readout
    Power Reserve:
    Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
    24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes :

    Circular stripes on the bridges
    Circular graining on the baseplate
    Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends
    Straight-grained steel work

Control :

    Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
    Three-position winding crown:
    Position 0: disengaged
    Position 1: winding
    Position 2: time-setting

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 284
    Cased up with strap: 324


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - Chronographe N°: EP 07405107 | Switch (rocker arm) N°: EP 1818734 A1
Technical description

For this movement unlike any other, F.P. Journe has set up an ergonomic chronograph activation system with a rocker arm that allows the chronograph to start, stop and zero at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. The chronograph function has also been isolated from the timekeeping function, meaning that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
These two innovations have been patented.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black.
The tachometer scales converts time units for 1 kilometer into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36'000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.

  • Aiguille d'Or 2008