F. P. Journe. A Fine Platinum Chronograph Wristwatch
Model: Centigraphe Souverain
Cal. 1506 18k pink gold mechanical movement, 50 jewels, gray dial, black Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions, blued steel Journe hands, three subsidiary dials with engine-turned centers for hundredths of seconds, 20 second, and 10 minute registers, platinum case, chronograph rocker in the band by 2 and 3 o’clock, crown between 3 and 4 o’clock, sapphire crystal display back, platinum F.P. Journe buckle, case, dial, and movement signed
Accompanied by F.P. Journe presentation box, Guarantee, and manual.
In 2007 F.P. Journe introduced an unprecedented mechanical chronograph wristwatch, the Centigraphe Souverain. Unlike the typical chronograph which shows counters for running seconds, a 30 minute register, and a 12 hour register, the Centigraphe shows elapsed time from 1/100th of a second, 20 seconds, and 10 minutes. Each of the registers indicates elapsed time in red, and a tachometer scale in black. With Journe’s unique chronograph, it is possible to use the tachometer scales to convert time for 1 kilometer into speeds that range from 6 kilometers per hour (for a pace of walking) up to a theoretical 36,000 kilometers per hour (which is faster than the velocity of a rocket going into low-orbit).
Another clearly unique aspect of the Centigraphe is the chronograph buttons – while a typical chronograph will feature a button at 2 o’clock to start and stop the chronograph, and a separate button at 4 o’clock to reset the chronograph, Journe patented a rocker that starts, stops, and resets the chronograph. The Centigraphe also received a second patent for the mechanism, which separates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This allows the watch to have a power reserve of 88 hours of timekeeping, 24 hours when the chronograph is running.
In 2008, the Centigraphe won the top prize (the Golden Hand) at the Grand Prix d’Horlogier, the third time F.P. Journe won this award since launching Montres Journe. The present watch, cased in platinum with a dark gray dial, combines the unique chronograph function with the elegance and beauty of a dress watch.