F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu

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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: -
  • Movement: Manual Wind
  • Strap Length: Adjustable
  • Scope: Box & Papers
  • Year: 2016
  • Case Width: 39mm
  • Listing ID: SD019311
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Scope Original Box & Papers
Movement Manual Wind
Case Width 39mm
Strap Length
Listing ID
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If you were told 24 months ago that the next hottest watch was a time-only, slim and manually wound dress watch in an exotic material, you'd be forgiven for laughing. And yet, the Chronometre Bleu is now seen as the poster child of the independent watchmaking movement.

The first thing you notice about the watch is how strikingly blue the dial is. The lacquered dial is extremely reflective, and can appear wildly different depending on the angle of the light. The dial's high failure rate during manufacturing is one of the many reasons why only a few Chronometre Bleus are made each year, as it is understandably difficult to get it to Journe's exacting standards. The dial is complemented by ivory white numerals and hands, which give it a timeless yet contemporary feel.

While the dial might be the most striking thing about the Chronometre Bleu, the feeling of it in your hand is a close second. This is the result of two things - the case metal, and the movement. The case is made of tantalum, an extremely dense and hard material which costs much more than steel or titanium to work with. Secondly, the movement is crafted from solid rose gold, rather than being merely plated.

As a result of this, the Chronometre Bleu is one of the few highly popular watches whose attributes alone (rather than history or availability) can still justify the cost of purchasing one pre-owned.

This Journe has clearly been worn, but remains in excellent condition with some marks on the tantalum case and buckle. There is one very small speck of dust under the dial at 2 o'clock, and the sub-seconds hand has some marks - both of these can only be spotted under intense magnification.

The watch comes with its original inner and outer box set, spare brown strap, instruction booklets, polishing cloth, guarantee card holder with USB stick and original guarantee card.


There is no single watch brand more emblematic of the modern independent watchmaker than Francois-Paul Journe. Starting out working in his uncle's watch repair workshop, Journe cut his teeth on restoring antique tourbillons and after only five years, created his own. His first works included a series of clocks for Asprey, as well as piece uniques and commissions which featured mind-bendingly complex complications like the remontoire and planetariums.

By the mid-1990s, Journe had tired of trying to get major brands to credit him properly for his work and decided to start his own company. His 'souscription' watches, named after how his customers would pay a substantial deposit before receiving the watch, helped fund the venture. His first watches were both highly complex, being the tourbillon and the resonance systems. Even the third, a humble time-and-date with a power reserve, was designed to accept complications without increasing the movement's thickness.

Today, Journe is perhaps best well known for balancing his formidable watchmaking with an easily-overlooked ability to design watches that look both aesthetically unique and pleasing. Although a few years ago FP Journe as only known to the most fanatical of watch lovers as a criminally underrated brand, today that is no longer the case. As independent watchmakers become increasingly well-known, there's no doubt that the brand will continue its meteoric rise into the annals of watchmaking history.

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