Independent watchmaker F.P. Journe has just announced a limited edition timepiece, which will become available exclusively at each of its 10 worldwide boutiques, for their respective 10th anniversaries. The first two cities to receive the new timepiece will be Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The timepiece features a 40mm polished Grade 5 titanium case, a Ruthenium dial with sapphire registers, and an 18K rose-gold crown, chronograph rocker and deployant clasp. You’ll also find gold in the calibre – like all Journe timepieces, the calibre’s main plate and bridges are made from solid 18K rose-gold.
The calibre 1506 is a hand-wound movement that beats at 3Hz and features a separate chronograph gear train that is driven directly by the mainspring. It can track 1/100th of a second via the register at the 11 o’clock position, while the two o’clock and six o’clock sub-dials display elapsed seconds and minutes respectively. When fully wound the calibre offers 80-hours of power reserve but if you engage the chronograph, the power reserve comes down to a still very respectable 24-hours.
This isn’t the first time that F.P. Journe has released limited edition watches to celebrate a boutique anniversary. The brand first began this practice back in 2005 with a limited edition run of 20 Chronomètre Souverain watches to celebrate the second anniversary of its boutique in Tokyo. That timepiece, as well as the Chronomètre à Résonance (limited to 12 pieces), which was released to celebrate the third anniversary of the Tokyo boutique – and all following boutique anniversary editions – featured similar aesthetics, in that they were offered with titanium cases, Ruthenium dials (to match the color of the case), 18K rose-gold movements and burgundy straps.
As you may or may not know, the Centigraphe Souverain is also connected to medical research. François-Paul Journe has committed to donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris. The institute is working to find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Each Centigraphe Souverain is numbered and will have the name of boutique’s host city engraved on the caseback. Following the unveiling in Hong Kong and Tokyo this year (2016), Geneva and Boca Raton will be next in line in 2017. In 2018, Paris, Beijing and New York will receive their watches, followed by Bal Harbour in 2019, Miami in 2022, Los Angeles in 2023, and Beirut in 2024.
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