A super-complicated horological giant gets to the serial production.
The recent F.P.Journe Only Watch triumph marked by the steel Astronomic Blue selling for CHF 1.8 million is followed by the serially produced Astronomic Souveraine. The regular model comes in the same 44-mm steel case, but with a white gold dial and a full-blown finishings on the trademark gold movement. Its crazy18 complication include a tourbillon, a minute repeater striking the hours, the quarters and the minutes, an annual calendar, a second time zone and a whole bunch of astronomical functions starting from the sunrise/sunset and going all the way to the equation of time. As stated by the brand, the main inspiration behind the project was a planetarium pocket watch made by François-Paul Journe in 1987 for a private collector.
The F.P.Journe Astronomic Souveraine is regulated by the double barrel manually wound tourbillon movement 1619 featuring remontoir d’égalité also known as the constant force mechanism. All the 18 functions are laid out in a trademark symmetrical way. At 3, there’s the mean time dial, with a blue hand indicating a second time zone, at 9, there is the sidereal time. Next to it, the mean time seconds are shown on a disc mirroring the moon phase to the right. The central minute hand is surrounded by the blue sunrise/sunset aperture above and the 40 hour power reserve indication below. The transparent caseback reveals the equation of time, a full annual calendar with zodiac signs, and the tourbillon visible only from here. Bearing in mind the overall level of complexity, the astronomical price of CHF 889,000 seems quite fair.
Dec. 01, 2019