F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET
F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET
F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET
F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET
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F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, CENTIGRAPHE SOUVERAIN F MODEL, FORMULA EDITION, NO. 096-CT, CIRCA 2010

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F.P. JOURNE. AN EXCLUSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE PLATINUM ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20TH SECONDS, 10-MINUTE REGISTERS, RED CHROME DIAL AND PLATINUM BRACELET
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, CENTIGRAPHE SOUVERAIN F MODEL, FORMULA EDITION, NO. 096-CT, CIRCA 2010
Movement: Manual
Dial: Red Chrome
Case: 40 mm. diam.
With: Platinum F.P. Journe bracelet and 18k white gold double deployant clasp, overall length approximately 180 mm., Warranty Card dated 2010, polishing cloth, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Available exclusively upon request
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Lot Essay

Produced between 2008 and 2017 and only available exclusively upon special request, this iconic F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain combines the worlds of haute horology and motor sports. The brilliant red chrome dial, yellow hands and blackened gold registers make for what is arguably one of the most beautiful, and certainly one of the most visually striking of all F.P. Journe’s timepieces.

The inspiration of the design and creation of the Centigraphe Souverain model itself was Jean Todt, former executive director of the Formula One team 'Scuderia Ferrari'. The present watch is one of only around 20 Centigraphe Souverains that exist with this outstanding dial configuration commemorating the colours of the Scuderia Ferrari. Aesthetically, this watch has a magnetic beauty and visual appeal, the red dial is accurately colour-matched to the correct Ferrari colour which Jean Todt, as CEO of Ferrari sent to François-Paul Journe in order for him to achieve a completely authentic Ferrari red. The impressive platinum case in classic Journe style is perfectly complemented by the solid heavy platinum bracelet with white gold clasp. The exclusivity of this red Centigraphe is underlined by the fact that François-Paul Journe only had very limited quantities of the authentic Ferrari red paint to use and he feared that the model would prove to be too popular and consequently, he would be unable to satisfy demand. In an attempt to limit the number of orders, it was decided to add the beautiful and luxurious platinum bracelet at an additional cost at the time of 55,000 Swiss Francs.


The story of the creation of the Centigraphe Souverain is recounted in François-Paul Journe’s own words:

“A spectacular watch, the Centigraphe Souverain is a mechanical chronograph unlike any other. For the creation of the Centigraphe, things happened slightly differently than for other creations. I met Jean Todt through the ICM foundation, and during the course of our meetings we discussed the ideal chronograph for the world of car racing. I thus remember research I carried out over 15 years ago for the creation of an exponential chronograph quickly showed me that a chronograph with 3 hands revolving at different speeds was a good starting base. I followed up with research on chronograph pushers, on questions of the balance of power in the movement, requirements, and energy loss, and I made use of a patent registered for the Sonnerie Souveraine. I patented 2 additional innovations concerning motricity. I am proud that Jean Todt has agreed to be the Centigraphe’s godfather.”

The Centigraphe also had an important charitable aspect, with the sale of each watch contributing to the medical research of the ICM – Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris - to help fight brain and spinal cord diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe goes to the ICM whose patrons include: Professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Jean Réno, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Michael Schumacher.

Jean Todt’s uniquely personalized platinum Centigraphe Souverain with red dial was sold by Christie’s Geneva, 6th November 2022, for 1,974,000 Swiss Francs.

Centigraphe Souverain
Produced between 2008 and 2017, it was born from the encounter between François-Paul Journe and collector Jean Todt, through the ICM foundation, the Centigraphe Souverain was developed with the aim of producing the ideal chronograph for the world of car racing. Following extensive research on the balance of power in a movement, energy loss, motricity and pushers, François-Paul Journe created an unprecedented chronograph able to measure elapsed time from a 100th of a second to ten minutes. The hand of the second dial at 2 o’clock is making a tour in 20 seconds, and the third hand of the dial at 6 o’clock, makes a tour in 10 minutes, the hand of the first dial at 10 o’clock makes a turn in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second, making it possible in theory to time an object moving at 360,000 km/h, or approximately 1/3000ths of the speed of light. The Centigraphe lead F.P. Journe towards winning the top prize of the Golden Hand Award at the Geneva watchmaking Grand Prix for the third time since the opening of his manufacture in 2000, the Centigraphe Souverain was recognised as an unprecedented creation.

The manually-wound mechanical movement is the first in the world equipped to measure elapsed times from from a 100th of a second to ten minutes. The watch is 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 an ingenious 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 efficient. The mainspring barrel features a maintaining power system 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 continuously.

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