F.P. Journe’s first branded boutiques, in Hong Kong and Tokyo, turn 10 years old this year. Both milestones — and all subsequent 10-year anniversaries of Journe boutiques — will be commemorated with the release of a special, limited-edition timepiece, available exclusively in the boutique that it celebrates — the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire.
The watch — which is limited to 20 pieces for Hong Kong and 10 pieces for Tokyo — features a combination of materials and colors: a polished, 40-mm titanium case, a ruthenium dial with sapphire subdials, an 18k rose gold crown and rocker, a lavishly decorated movement made predominantly of 18k gold, and a burgundy-colored alligator strap with rose gold folding clasp. Each piece is individually numbered and bears the name of the city in which it was released.
One of the most complicated timepieces in Journe’s repertoire, the Centigraphe Souverain is a manual-winding mechanical chronograph that can indicate elapsed times at three separate speeds, one recorded on each of the three subdials with red time scales. In the upper left subdial, a hand makes a complete rotation once per second on a scale marked 1 to 100. Next to it on the upper right, another hand circles its subdial, marked 1 to 20, once every 20 seconds. Centered below, above the 6 o’clock position, a third hand orbits a third subdial, marked 1 to 10, once every 10 minutes. Journe once remarked to WatchTime that the watch measures speeds “from the speed of an airplane all the way down to that of a jogger.”
A patented, ergonomically designed rocker, integrated into the caseband at at 2 o’clock, starts, stops and zeroes the chronograph functions. Journe received a second patent for the chronograph mechanism, which isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping functions, thus ensuring that the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.
More series of the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire will follow as other F.P. Journe boutiques around the world celebrate 10 years. Next year will bring limited editions for Geneva (March) and Boca Raton (spring), followed by models for Paris, Beijing, and New York in 2018; for Miami’s Bal Harbour boutique in 2022; for Los Angeles in 2023; and finally, for Beirut in 2024.