F. P. Journe
F.P. Journe is a Swiss high-end watch manufacture founded in 1999 and named after the founder, François-Paul Journe. The only three-time winner of the Aiguille d'Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, F.P. Journe focuses on complex precision chronometers with a production of around 800 watches per year.
F.P. Journe is the only watchmaker still based in central Geneva, with company headquarters, manufacturing facilities, and an exhibition space with library housed in a converted gaslamp factory in the Coulouvreniere Rois neighborhood. F.P. Journe also owns its own casemaker, Les Boîtiers de Genève, and its own dialmaker, Les Cadraniers de Genève, housed in the same facility in Meyrin, a municipality in the Canton of Geneva.
The motto of the brand, Invenit et Fecit (Latin for "[He] invented it and made it") denotes that the company designs and builds the entirety of the movements. Journe's movement designs are original and he has invented completely new systems, such as the resonance chronometer.
F.P. Journe has won the Aguille d'Or grand prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie on three occasions: In 2004 for the Tourbillon Souverain à seconde morte, the current-generation Tourbillon Souverain with dead beat seconds; in 2006 for the Sonnerie Souverain, both a Grand Sonnerie and a Petit Sonnerie for which F.P. Journe received 10 patents; and in 2008 for the Centigraphe Souverain, a chronograph with timekeeping isolated from chronograph mechanism, allowing the chronograph to measure hundredths of a second despite a 3Hz movement. No other manufacture has won the Aguille d'Or more than twice.
F.P. Journe has also won four category prizes at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie: the 2002 Special Jury Prize for the Octa Calendrier; the 2003 Men's Watch Prize for the Octa Lune; the 2005 Men's Watch Prize for the Chronomètre Souverain; and the 2010 Complicated Watch Prize for the Chronomètre à Résonance.
F.P. Journe participated in the Only Watch auction for the first time in 2015, submitting the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu - a tourbillon watch based on the Chronomètre Bleu, including a chrome blue dial and a tantalum case, the latter which is very rare for a tourbillon. As with the standard Tourbillon Souverain, it features an in-house rose gold movement and remontoire d'egalite, as well as dead beat seconds. The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu sold for CHF 550,000 at auction.
For the 2017 edition of Only Watch, F.P. Journe donated a monopusher split-seconds chronograph in 44mm with a blue dial and featuring a completely new movement that would not be used in any other F.P Journe watches. The watch sold for CHF 1,150,000 at auction, making it one of the most expensive independent wristwatches in history. F.P. Journe later released a modified version of the movement in the "lineSport"-brand Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante series.
F.P. Journe has donated watches to auctions benefiting Swiss charity Action Innocence. In 2015, a special purple dial Tourbillon Souverain raised CHF 650,000 while a special purple dial Elegante raised CHF 55,000. In 2017, a special purple dial Chronométre Optimum sold for CHF 200,000.
F.P. Journe watches are available through company-owned boutiques, official retail partnerships (branded as "ESPACE F.P. Journe"), and authorized dealers. The current nine company-owned boutiques, listed in order of opening date, are located in:
- Tokyo, opened May 2003
- Hong Kong, opened October 2006
- Geneve, opened April 2007
- New York City, opened November 2009
- Paris, opened December 2009
- Los Angeles (West Hollywood), opened July 2013
- Beirut, opened September 2014
- Kiev, opened February 2017
- Miami, opened March 2019
In 2016, F.P. Journe launched Patrimoine Service, an official program that acquires out-of-production watches for interested collectors. F.P. Journe purchases, authenticates, and services the watches at their Geneva headquarters, then resells the watches via their official boutiques. A new guarantee card, box, and three-year warranty accompany all watches sold via the Patrimoine Service. F.P. Journe is the first Swiss manufacture to offer such a service.
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