Swiss • 1999
Founded by watchmaker François-Paul Journe in 1999, the F.P. Journe brand is relatively young, but already is as highly regarded by collectors as many distinguished manufacturers with centuries-old heritage. In the minds of the world's savviest collectors, Journe is producing some of the finest wristwatches the market has ever seen. Mastering his craft from restoring historical timepieces, he was the first to create a wristwatch incorporating two escapements that benefit from the phenomenon of resonance — the Chronomètre à Résonance.
Key models include the Résonance, tourbillon wristwatches incorporating a remontoir and the limited edition Vagabondage series. Especially sought-after are his earliest "souscription" watches, made in 1999.
Produced as a series of 150 watches, this 40 mm Brass Movement derived from the Octa self winding 1300.1 calibre was Francois Paul Journe's graphical allusion to the stars which have always served as reference point for mankind for calculating time. Following the 2019 Only Watch and the introduction of the Astronomic Souveraine both brand and the concept of Zodiaque have become reunited cementing the importance of this watch in the history of F P Journe.