THE F.P. JOURNE HISTORY

It is with an artist’s sensitivity,

that François-Paul Journe explores the measurement of time with creativity and innovation.

Because his demands are so high, for François-Paul Journe the art of watchmaking is more than a matter of making fine watches- it means giving part of oneself, of one's artistry and culture in the world of watchmaking, as a legacy bearing witness to one's time.
 

For over thirty years,

the art of fine watchmaking has been an integral part of François-Paul Journe’s existence. Delicately, his fingers have explored the timekeepers of the ages, from the most ancient to the most complex.Through these clocks and watches he has succeeded in learning the intellectual and philosophical path followed by the men of science, the inventors and the master watchmakers who designed them. 

For François-Paul Journe,

the 18th century remains the golden age of watchmaking, and it is in homage to that time that he signs his creations with the latin words "invenit et Fecit".

 

But François-Paul Journe is also entirely in tune with his own times and has succeeded in elegantly bridging the gap between watchmaking as industry and the sophisticated demands of watchmaking as an art.

While his timekeepers are built around a complex and delicate mechanical core,
their design and manufacture ensures
maximum accessibility and reliability.

 

F.P. Journe Chronology

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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Spends a period in his uncle's 
antique watch restoration workshop in Paris 1977
"My eight-year period of working with my uncle Michel Journe allowed me to discover the origins of watchmaking up until the 19th century and enabled me to meet many important collectors."

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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, and 12 panels in lapis lazuli, decorated with the zodiac signs representing the 12 months of the year. It features a synchronised pendulum with an arm supporting a wheel train animating the different planets turning around the sun: The Earth with its satellites, Venus and Mercury.
Builds 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 on my own in a 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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Creation of 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 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 de la Vocation Bleustein-Blanchet
"Becoming a laureate of the "Fondation de la Vocation", of which only thirty per year are chosen among thousands of candidates, was both an honour and a source of great encouragement."

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Creates the “sympatique” clock for Asprey’s of 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 build 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 set up my own firm in Geneva."

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The first Tourbillon wristwatch with constant force device
"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 18 carat gold. It is still part of my collection."

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Gaia Watchmaker of the Year award from the Musée de l’Homme et du Temps
"Through the personalities it is honours, this prize testifies to the quality of the MIH 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 calibres at the the service various brands
"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-
"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 first tourbillon wristwatch with remontoire (Souveraine Collection)
"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 18 carat gold. It is still part of my collection."
World Premiere: Invents the first resonance wristwatch “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 demands."

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Establishes the workshops of the brand in the centre of Geneva, rue de l’Arquebuse/rue de la Synagogue
"Moving from one employee to fifty implied finding a special location. It is located in a 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."

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Birth of Maxime
Introduces the first F.P. Journe automatic movement (Octa Collection): the first in the world to ensure precision timekeeping performances for five full days when not worn
"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 size and thickness."

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Becomes associated with the American company Harry Winston 
in creating eighteen exceptional one-of-a-kind creations constituting 
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 first antique clock in the collection of Montres Journe SA:
 the resonance regulator made around 1780 by famous French
watchmaker 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 symbolises 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 private 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 already 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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Wins the special jury prize of the "Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève"
for the Octa Calendrier model
Opening of the first Boutique Salon in Tokyo:
 Montres Journe Japon KK
The F.P.Journe - Invenit et Fecit - brand has opened a new watch showroom in the Omotesando district, Tokyo's equivalent of the Parisian St. Germain-des-Prés, a stone's throw away from the superb Nezu museum. 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.
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, “Men watch” award for the model Octa Lune
The Octa Lune, developed on the mechanic calibre with automatic winding Octa and allowing five days of power reserve, wins the award for «Best Men’s Watch» at the "Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève".
Watch of the Year award in Japan The Chronomètre à Résonance receives the Jury Prize “Watch of the Year”
Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: 
Receives the ultimate award "L’Aiguille d’Or" (The Golden Hand)
 for his creation the Tourbillon Souverain
Watch of the Year award in Japan The Tourbillon Souverain receives the Grand Prize Watch of the Year
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2005 F.P. Journe receives the "best men's watch" award for the Chronomètre Souverain
Opening of a Boutique Showroom in Hong Kong and Creation of Montres Journe Hong-Kong
October 3, 2006, F.P.Journe opens a Boutique Showroom in Prince’s Building, in the historic centre of Hong Kong.
In Japan, F.P.Journe receives the “Watch of the Year Award” 2006 for the Sonnerie Souveraine
François-Paul Journe is honoured with the title of 
"Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres"
 by the French Minister of Culture
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix:
 Receives for the second time the ultimate award «L'Aiguille d’Or» (The Golden Hand) 
for the Sonnerie Souveraine
Opening of a Boutique Showroom on the renowned Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
Opening of a Boutique Showroom in Geneva
On April 17, 2007, Inauguration of the first Boutique Showroom in Europe at 13 place Longemalle in the historical centre of Geneva
Inauguration of the new exhibition space of the Manufacture 
on April 17, 2007
Exhibition Steel Time in the new exhibition space of the Manufacture
 from October 15 to December 21, 2007
Presentation of the new ultra slim Minute Repeater
 Annual salon in the exhibition room of the Manufacture from April 7 to 12
Répétition Minute Souveraine 
is Watch of the Year in Los Relojes del Año 2008
François-Paul Journe receives the "Watch of the Year" award in Los Relojes del Año 2008 for the Répétition Minutes Souveraine in the category Grand Complication.
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix : F.P.Journe receives for the 3rd time the ultimate ”Aiguille d’Or” (Golden Hand) for the Centigraphe Souverain
Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in Paris, on Fbg St Honoré, next to the Elysée Palace
March: 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
November 2009, Opening of the F.P.Journe Boutique in New York on Madison Avenue
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
1st anniversary of the F.P. Journe Boutique in New York
Best Technical Innovation for the Vagabondage II at Champions of Times in China (November)
Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, 
F.P. Journe is awarded the "Grand Complication Prize" for the 7th time,
 this year for the Chronomètre à Résonance
Annual exhibition from 17 to 21 January at the F.P.Journe Manufacture
Presentation of the Octa UTC
The Centigraphe Sport N° 001 is sold by auction at Christie’s
 for close to ten times its original price, a World Premiere
The first wristwatch of the lineSport entirely in aluminium, case, bracelet and movement, was sold in Hong Kong in June 2011 in favour of the Japanese victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.
Opening of the first Espace F.P. Journe in Buenos Aires Argentina 
with our partner Simonetta Orsini, Petit Palais, December 5th
F.P. Journe receives a new distinction 
at the New York Lotos Club, December 1st
Presentation of the Octa Sport, second watch of the lineSport collection
F.P. Journe signs a partnership with Jean Alesi and Lotus 
to race the 500 miles of Indianapolis, 27 May 2012
The Forbes Galleries in New York exhibit the Steel Time collection
 from April 15 to September 15
An historic F.P.Journe collection of over 250 steel in burnished steel made between 1850 and 1910
In homage to the partnership with Jean Alesi
Launch of the Limited Series of 99 pieces Octa Sport Indy 500
Launch of the Chronomètre Optimum
Emblematic haute horology timepiece that incorporates for the first time in a wristwatch the finest components in the history of watchmaking
Launch of the new Quantième Perpétuel
 during the annual watch show (January)
An F.P. Journe watch starring in the movie Möbius 
on the wrist of Jean Dujardin
Award of «Best Independant Watchmaker 2013»
 awarded by the magazine Spiral in Hong Kong
«Special Jury Prize for his Watchmaking Career» during the Watch of the Year Award in Poland with the magazine Chrono 24
October 18: Launch in Tokyo of the Anniversary Tourbillon commemorating the 30 years of F.P. Journe horological career
November 15 : Official opening of the F.P. Journe Boutique in Los Angeles
Annual exhibition from 20 to 24 January at the F.P.Journe Manufacture
Press conference for the presentation
 of the first Ladies collection «élégante»
January: F.P. Journe official watchmaker of France-China 50
Creates the 2 Platinum commemorative watches, the Octa Automatique Lune with specific blue dial and the Elégante with translucent Jade dial

March 26 : François-Paul Journe invited to the Elysée Palace for the official dinner given during the state visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Launch of the Octa Sport and Centigraphe Sport F.P.Journe in Titanium grade 5, high tech and ultra light material
In a quest for performance and lightness, the movement and dial are made of aluminium alloy and this watch weighs from 60 to 70 grams depending of the model.
5 September : Opening of the 10th F.P. Journe Boutique in Beirut, Lebanon
Launch of the Chronomètre Bleu Byblos in a Limited Series of 99 pieces. Realized especially for the opening of the Beirut Boutique
10 Years Anniversary Tourbillon - draw for the attribution
 of these 10 exclusive timepieces
18 October: Presentation of the magnificent 90 pages Book Sonnerie Souveraine - Grande Sonnerie
This 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
24 October: The « élegante » receives its first distinction “Ladies Watch of the Year 2014” at the Montre de l’Année
award ceremony organized by the magazine Montres Passion and the media group Ringier in Geneva
Salon January 2015 – Presentation of the Nouvelle Octa Lune
F.P. Journe supports the AHCI young talents
 and sponsors the Young Talent Competition
Baselworld, 19 March 2015 : The AHCI «Watch Academy of Independents Creators» was founded in 1985. Its aim is to perpetuate the art of independent horology and supports outstanding watch craftsmen who reinvent the future of watchmaking. The AHCI also allows apprentices and young watchmakers to show their creations and reveal their talent by taking part in the “Young Talent Competition” supported by F.P. Journe.
Creation of two unique timepieces for Action Innocence
12 May 2015 - 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 astounding price of CHF 650’000
The élégante sold for CHF 55’000
«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.
L’Octa Lune awarded at the «Montre de l’Année 2015»
Geneva, 19 November 2015 - 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.

The prize has been given during the ceremony organized by the magazine Montres Passion from the media group Ringier at the Hotel La Réserve in Geneva.
January Annual Salon 2016, presentation of the new Octa Divine
New interpretation of the emblematic Octa collection
AHCI Young Talent Competition
The awarding ceremony for the Young Talent Competition of the AHCI, Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, under the patronage of F.P.Journe, awarded 3 exceptional young watch and clock makers who have distinguished themselves for their technical achievement, their search for complexity and their sense of design.
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.

Acquire a legacy timepiece from the F.P. Journe patrimoine, new service available 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 manufactured.
10th Anniversary of the F.P. Journe Boutique in Hong Kong
The Anniversary Centigraphe symbolizes the watch celebrating the 10th Anniversary of each F.P. Journe Boutique. The Hong Kong Boutique celebrates its 10th Anniversary in October 6, 2016.
Presentation of the “Centigraphe Anniversaire Boutique“ F.P. Journe in Tokyo
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 Anniversaire series (Chronomètre Souverain 2005 - Chronomètre à Résonance 2006 - Tourbillon Souverain 2007 – Octa Perpétuelle 2010).
Nouveau Havana Dial
F.P. Journe has created a warm-coloured dial that perfectly matches the 40mm platinum cases and the caramel alligator straps of the Octa Automatique Réserve and the Octa Automatique Lune.
Vagabondage III
WORLD PREMIERE: DIGITAL JUMPING SECONDS - F.P. Journe presents the third and last edition of the Vagabondage Series, “Vagabondage III”, produced in a limited series of 69 pieces in Platinum and 68 pieces in 18 K red Gold.
Opening of the 11th F.P.Journe Boutique in Kiev – Ukraine
February 2017 - In the prestigious Arkhitektora district.
“HOMMAGE AU TALENT” Award
March 2017 - The Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie presents a new distinction to François-Paul Journe, the “Hommage au Talent” awarding an outstanding personality in watchmaking.
10th Anniversary of the Geneva F.P.Journe Boutique
May 2017 – Celebration with a Limited Series of 10 pieces, the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire.
The Chronomètre Optimum for Action Innocence
May 2017 - 200’000 CHF for the Chronomètre Optimum, unique piece sold for Action Innocence’s charity gala.
The Limited Series F.P.Journe and Holland & Holland
October 2017 - 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.
The highest price ever paid for an F.P.Journe watch at auction
November 2017 - The Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Bleu, unique timepiece developed exclusively for Only Watch, sold for the astounding price of CHF 1’150’000.-
F.P.Journe for the first time at the SIHH
January 2018 - F.P.Journe participates for the first time at the SIHH 2018 with a booth dedicated to the élégante by F.P.Journe collection.
The Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante
Salon 2018 - The lineSport collection broadens with the new Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante available in Platinum PT 950, 18K red Gold or Titanium grade 5.
The Young Talent Competition
January 2018 – The Young Talent Competition 2018 – Awards to the Winners: Charles Routhier, France – Théo Auffret, Switzerland – Rémy Cools, France.
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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 red 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.