Tuesday, October 11, 2016

F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire - Limited Series for the 10th Anniversary of Each F.P.Journe Boutique

Renowned luxury watch manufacture F.P.Journe unveils the Anniversary Centigraphe watch celebrating the 10th Anniversary of each F.P.Journe Boutique. The Hong Kong Boutique celebrates its 10th Anniversary this October 6, 2016. It is the first to unveil its Anniversary edition with a limited Series of 20 pieces, followed by the Tokyo Boutique on October 7. Tokyo will introduce its anniversary watch limited to 10 pieces, with a retrospective exhibition of the F.P.Journe Anniversary Series (Chronomètre Souverain 2005 - Chronomètre à Résonance 2006 - Tourbillon Souverain 2007 – Octa Perpétuelle 2010).

This exclusive edition is made in a perfect harmony of colours: a 40mm polished Titanium case, a Ruthenium dial with sapphire registers, an 18K Gold crown and rocker, the emblematic mechanical movement with manual winding in 18K rose Gold and the burgundy alligator strap.
The Anniversary Centigraphe will be available exclusively in the Boutique celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Each piece is numbered followed by the name of corresponding city. The Boutique Anniversaries from the F.P.Journe network will continue their celebration in 2017 with the Geneva Boutique in March, followed by Boca Raton in spring. In 2018, it will be the turn of Paris; in 2018 Beijing and New York; in 2019, Bal Harbour; Miami in 2022; Los Angeles in 2023 and last but not least Beirut in 2024.

The Centigraphe is a spectacular mechanical chronograph indicating elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red. On the left, the 100th of a second hand revolves around the dial in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second. The hand on the right revolves once every 20 seconds on a time scale divided into seconds. The hand at 6 o’clock makes a tour in 10 minutes.
The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a rocker located at 2 o’clock in the case band. This ergonomic design, perfectly fitted to the wristwatch, is patented. A second patent was granted for the mechanism’s ingenious configuration, which effectively isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This means the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running.

The Centigraphe Souverain contributes to the medical research of the ICM. In purchasing the Centigraphe, you are also supporting the medical research carried out by the ICM – Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris - to help find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis…

The Centigraphe Souverain was awarded the « l’Aiguille d’Or » (the Golden Hand ) at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie of Geneva in 2008. It was also elected Watch of the Year on timezone.com in 2009.

The F.P.Journe Boutiques Anniversary Editions
In 2005, this first Anniversary Edition of 20 pieces celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Boutique in Tokyo was an exclusive version of the Chronomètre Souverain, crafted for the first time with a Titanium case, a dial in Ruthenium and the 18K rose Gold movement. For the 3rd anniversary of the Tokyo Boutique in 2006, F.P.Journe created a special edition of the Chronomètre à Résonance in a limited edition of 12 pieces with a Titanium case, Ruthenium dial, burgundy strap and 18K rose Gold movement.

For the 1st Anniversary of the Boutique in Hong Kong in 2007, F.P.Journe created a special edition of the Tourbillon Souverain with remontoir d’égalité and deadbeat seconds. This limited edition of 20 pieces, 5 for each Boutique in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva and Boca Raton, featured the now classical Anniversary Titanium case, a Ruthenium dial and the 18K rose Gold movement.

In 2009, to celebrate the F.P.Journe Boutique network around the world with the 5th Anniversary of the first F.P.Journe Boutique in Tokyo, F.P.Journe created the Octa Perpétuelle, limited to 99 pieces, with a Titanium case, a Ruthenium dial and the 18K rose Gold movement. It was divided between the seven F.P.Journe Boutiques in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Geneva, Hong Kong, Beijing and Boca Raton.

Technical details
Model: Centigraphe Boutiques Anniversary

Movement
Calibre 1506 Manual winding
Movement in 18K rose gold

Dimensions of the Movement
- Overall diameter: 34.40 mm
- Casing-up diameter: 34.00 mm
- Overall height: 5.60 mm
- Height of hands: 1.45 mm
Balance
- Free-sprung balance
- Four adjustable inertia weights
- Anachron balance spring
- Mobile stud holders
- Pinned GE stud
- Spring pinned to the collet
- Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
- Inertia: 10.10 mg/cm2
- Angle of lift: 52°
Escapement
In-line lever escapement - 15-tooth escape wheel

Indications
Central hours and minutes
One-second chronograph: register at 10 o’clock
20-seconds chronograph: register at 2 o’clock
10-minutes chronograph: register at 6 o’clock
Chronograph Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout

Power Reserve
Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running

Finishes
Circular stripes on the bridges
Circular graining on the baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Straight-grained steel work

Case
Titanium grade 5, polished
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Total height: 10.70 mm
Control rocker
- 18K red Gold
- Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph
Crown
18K red Gold
- Three-position winding crown
- Position 0, disengaged
- Position 1, winding
- Position 2, time-setting

Dial
Ruthenium with sapphire registers and polished steel circle

Number of Parts
Movement without dial: 284
Cased up with strap: 324
Jewels: 50

Strap
Burgundy alligator with 18K red Gold clasp

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