F.P. Journe – Invenit et Fecit : The horological exception for 30 years
To celebrate his brand’s 30th anniversary, François-Paul Journe returned to roots by reinterpreting his first pocket watch, completed in 1983, as a wristwatch. This Historical Tourbillon comes in the same materials as the original watch with a silver case featuring a guilloché case middle topped by a pink gold bezel. The grained silver dial closely resembles the original. The transparent sapphire back protected by a guilloché silver cover reveals a classically built tourbillon movement in grained and gilded brass – a faithful replica of the one built in 1983. Two parallel-mounted barrels distribute the energy to a gear train arranged around the main axis of the watch, and driving the tourbillon. The lateral pallet-lever escapement replaces the detent escapement of the original watch, while winding and time-setting are now with a crown at 3 o’clock instead of a key.
Issued in a 99-piece limited edition – notably available in the brand’s ten own-name boutiques in Geneva, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boca Raton, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Beirut –, the Historical Tourbillon signals the start of a new chapter in brand history. A nod to the past while looking firmly to the future.
Cases : 4N 18-carat pink gold and guilloché silver Diameter : 40 mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound, 56-hour power reserve Functions : offset hours and minutes, small seconds, tourbillon chronometer Dial : grained silver, blued steel Breguet-type hands Case back : sapphire and guilloché silver back cover Strap : brown leather Limited edition : 99