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F.P. Journe. A very fine platinum ergonomic chronograph wristwatch with 100th of a second, 20 seconds and 10 minutes registers, certificate and box
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F.P. Journe. A very fine platinum ergonomic chronograph wristwatch with 100th of a second, 20 seconds and 10 minutes registers, certificate and box

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, CENTIGRAPHE SOUVERAIN, NO. 213-CT, CIRCA 2010

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F.P. Journe. A very fine platinum ergonomic chronograph wristwatch with 100th of a second, 20 seconds and 10 minutes registers, certificate and box
Signed F.P. Journe, Centigraphe Souverain, no. 213-CT, circa 2010
Cal. 1506 mechanical pink gold lever movement, 50 jewels, silvered dial, Arabic numerals, three engine-turned white matte subsidiary dials for 100th of a second, 20 seconds and 10 minutes registers, large circular case, patented ergonomic chronograph reset button in the band which is rocked back and forth for stopping and starting the chronograph, glazed display back secured by six screws, platinum F.P. Journe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
40.5 mm. diam.
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With F.P.Journe certificate of authenticity and numbered warranty card, original fitted presentation box, outer packaging, product literature and CD.

Consigned by its original owner, the present watch is preserved in close to new overall condition.

François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in 1957. He graduated from the Paris School of Watchmaking in 1976 and immediately joined forces with his uncle, a noted restorer of antique timepieces. Before creating his own complete line of wristwatches, Journe restored some of the world's most important historical timepieces, devised and built unique pocket watches to order and designed and made complications for prestigious watch brands.

In 1996, Journe established a workshop in Geneva, designing and making watch mechanisms for other brands. Three years later, in 1999, he launched his own watches under the label "F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit".

An ingenious researcher, Journe, introduced this unprecedented chronograph in 2008. The hand-wound mechanical movement measures elapsed times from a 100th of a second to ten minutes. The striking subsidiary dials with red Arabic numerals indicate three time-reading options: for the 100th of a second subsidiary dial, the second hand revolves around the dial in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second. For the 20 seconds subsidiary dial, the second hand has 20 seconds to complete a round. Lastly, for the 10 minutes subsidiary dial, the minute hand will take half an hour to complete its tour. The tachometer scale converts time units for 1 kilometre into speeds ranging from 6 km/h - walking pace - to 36,000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into low-level orbit.

The watch is also equipped with a patented re-set button in the band at two o'clock, which can be rocked back and forth to make the chronograph start, stop or return to zero. This system is a clever variation of the standard buttons used in chronograph watches on each side of the crown.
Moreover, the maintaining power and power reserve in this watch are highly effective. The mainspring barrel features a maintaining power system in order to ensure that the driving force does not decrease during winding. Without utilizing the chronograph function, the mainspring can supply a minimum of 100 hours of power reserve and 24 hours if the chronograph is being operated.

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