F.P. Journe joins Only Watch charity auction

High-end watchmaker F.P. Journe (FPJ) is joining the fight against Muscular Dystrophy this year, by joining forces with the Only Watch charity auction. This is the first time the Swiss-based manufacture has partnered with Only Watch, and is submitting a very special piece known as the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu.

The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu combines traits from two spectacular timepieces.

The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu combines traits from two spectacular timepieces.

As per the Only Watch concept guidelines, this is a unique piece (one of one), and it is the first time FPJ has produced a tourbillon with a case made entirely from Tantalum. The metal is exceptionally difficult to work with, and was named in reference to Greek mythology’s ‘Torment of Tantalus’.

The timepiece features a brilliant blue chrome dial and is powered by the in-house made calibre 1403. The movement, as you’d expect from a FPJ timepiece, is handmade from 18-carat rose gold, and can be fully wound with 20 turns of the crown.

The tourbillon is always visible to the wearer. We're green with envy.

The tourbillon is always visible to the wearer. We’re green with envy.

The calibre features a power reserve of about 42 hours, and packs a tourbillon with constant force and dead seconds complications. Hours and minutes can be seen at the 3 o’clock position, sub-seconds at the 6 o’clock position, and power reserve indicator at the 12 o’clock position.

The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu measures 42mm in diameter and is 9.90mm thick. It is presented on an alligator leather strap.

Our take

We are thrilled to see more and more brands joining hands with Only Watch, as the charity is driving support to a good cause. As horophiles, we are absolutely chuffed to see F.P. Journe throwing its considerable weight behind the charity auction, and in true Journe style, their first offering is a cracker.

While we have not seen this timepiece in person, we’re sure it will be a stunner because it combines traits from the beautiful Tourbillon Souverain, and FPJ’s magnificent Chronomètre Bleu, which we have seen.

That blue chrome dial is a work of art and does incredible things when light finds it. (It is also incredibly difficult to photograph.) The layout of the dial itself is nicely symmetrical from top to bottom – the hypnotic tourbillon sitting at the 9 o’clock position acts as a beautiful counterbalance to the hour and minute dial at the 3 o’clock position, while the power reserve indicator at the top, though not a dial as such, balances the appearance of the seconds indicator at the 6 o’clock position.

The timepiece’s 40mm tantalum case also deserves special mention. Tantalum is more dense than steel – so the watch should have a nice weight on the wrist – and it has a distinctive gray blue appearance that we think suits the dial perfectly.

F.P. Journe’s calibre 1403 features a constant force device, known as Remontoire, and is also a treat for the eyes. Finished in 18-carat rose gold, it is warm to look at, and there are plenty of decorations to admire including Geneva waves on the baseplate, circular stripes on the bridges and polished and bevelled screw heads.

This is the underside of the movement that powers the Tourbillon Souverain, upon which the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu is based.

This is the underside of the movement that powers the Tourbillon Souverain, upon which the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu is based.

If you’re curious about the Only Watch charity auction, read our short piece on it by clicking here. We list all the participating brands and shed light on the charity itself. This timepiece, as well as all the other timepieces for Only Watch 2015, will be auctioned off on November 7.

To learn more about F.P. Journe, click here.

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