The new F.P.Journe Chronometre Optimum comes powered by a unique hand-wound caliber. Crafted from 18-carat rose gold and painstakingly decorated, the movement sports a double-barrel design with a high-performance bi-axial escapement and even a natural dead beat second indicator (although you won’t see it most of the time since it is visible only through the transparent case back of the piece.)
Crafted in-house, the FP Journe 1510 hand-wound caliber is hidden inside a very compact platinum body that measures only 40 millimeters in diameter and is 10.10 millimeters thick.
As usual, F.P.Journe offers an understated, discreet design with lots of curving lines and surfaces that doesn’t scream, but, instead, quietly whispers quality and pedigree. Although the brand was founded less than 15 years ago, it can teach a lesson or two even the most established players that trace their roots back to 18th century and beyond.
Even though this is clearly a collectible item that won’t often come out of a high-security safe, the watch was offers highly ergonomic, natural design that will probably make it very comfortable to wear and to check time when needed.
The dial of the watch sports a familiar design with the main hours and minutes sub-dial placed closer to 3 o’clock and the smaller subsidiary seconds display placed at 9 hours. Like their gorgeous F.P. Journe Octa UTC Automatic from the last year, the watch also features an easily readable power reserve indicator, as well as round cutout at 11 o’clock that offers you a glimpse at the titanium remontoire: a constant-force device that significantly increases isochronism of the movement.
I can’t say anything about the timekeeper’s price, but it is clear that the watch will be very expensive and its production will most certainly be limited to just a handful of individually numbered pieces.
F.P.Journe Chronometre Optimum hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Manual, FP Journe 1510, in-house, made of 18-carat rose gold, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 44
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 70 hours
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Case material: Platinum
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 10.10 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Gold and silver
Hour markers: Black
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Case back: Sapphire