F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Watch Hands-On

F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Watch Hands-On

The  F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain is a watch I’ve had at the forefront of my thoughts for a long time. Not that it was a weight – wish every one of my interruptions were just about as simple and fun as a 1/100th second chronograph from one of fine watchmaking’s living greats. Entertainingly, what I figured is that it is one atypical commonplace chronograph for a modest bunch of reasons. Let me explain.

All pictures by David Bredan

If I could pose only three inquiries from a watch wizard, realizing that I’d find the specific solutions to them, one of them would be the number of individuals wearing chronographs (modest or costly ones) really understand what the little sub-dials and scales are for. I envision I’d gain proficiency with a stunning – and furthermore exceptionally engaging – figure, since I continue to get with salesmen and watchmakers how most clients don’t care to have the faintest thought. They simply like the more complex look loaned by the pushers and sub-dials and all the extravagant text.


Now, there can be little uncertainty to the client base of F.P. Journe being substantially more refined and additionally geeky as well as requesting than the normal watch purchaser and wearer. But then, after looking into it further, the Centigraphe seems to have been intended to be the unusable and incomprehensible chronograph for the watch egotist, the sort who but of course understands what a tachymeter scale is and of course knows the various references of a Newman Daytona back to front. The Centigraphe is so ludicrously super in its readouts and functionalities, it goes past the most extended restrictions of utility in an amazing manner, even by extravagance watch standards.

Here, I have all the points of interest for you. To begin with, the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain highlights a 1/100th of a second chronograph readout – obviously, you’d need to construct an extremely exact and doubtlessly advanced machine to work with such an accuracy needed to utilize such an indication.

Second, and this is my top choice and an immediate statement from the F.P. Journe portrayal of this watch: on the Centigraphe Souverain “The tachometer scale (enormous sic erat scriptum not too far off, as it’s really a tachymeter scale) changes over time units for 1 kilometer into speeds going from 6km/h – strolling pace – to 36,000km/h, well over the departure speed of a rocket going into low-level orbit.”


…The get away from speed of a rocket going into low-level orbit!” Oh kid, simply envision the serenity of yourself wearing your number one formal attire, tasting a fine single malt, and wearing your red gold F.P. Journe, sitting in isolation on a rocket that’s nonchalantly going into low-level circle! You go after the greatly designed, rotating pushers on the smoothly bended 18k red gold case, and you press start… and afterward “Stop!” with hardly a pause in between, as the SPR 1 sub-dial’s red hand – meticulously styled for a most exact perusing – advances to the 36000 segment… And there, at that exact second, sitting on your rocket, you have, with most extreme accuracy, decided your speed. On the off chance that this watch isn’t yet showcased to a specific person of note in North Korea, I propose that to be changed quickly, for this is one Un-ique second for sure.

Making this absolutely unfeasible but similarly noteworthy stuff conceivable is the hand-wound F.P. Journe type 1506 that presentations running hours and minutes by means of the ordinary Journe-style hands mounted in the middle, alongside three sub-dials to go with the 1/100th of a second, 20-second, and 10-minute signs of the chronograph. All things considered, the chronograph is equipped for showing simply as long as 10 minutes – not strange for high-exactness mechanical chronographs.

The way the chronograph works is obviously totally astute – the solitary admonition is that essentially the entirety of its parts are covered up on the dial side. The Centigraphe Souverain, as its name suggests, depends on the chronograph’s 1/100th, 20-second, and 10-minute signs being controlled by various wheel trains, themselves driven by the focal point of the origin – a framework that Journe protected for the Sonnerie Souveraine that, mind you, has an extensively more staggering caseback see ( involved here ).

As you’ll see on the picture over, the heart in the middle in fact has more than one wheel train associated with it. The one in the lower right of the picture unmistakably finishes in the escapement haggle yet to be determined haggle is the stuff train of the primary timekeeping capacity. The stuff train the other way of the equilibrium wheel, scarcely noticeable off to the lower left, is the one that drives the 10-minute counter of the chronograph.

The truly precarious cycle, at that point, is the means by which the 1/100th and 20-second counters get drive: the 1/100th counter is very of a foudroyante, as in it is connected to the escapement wheel through a shrewd combination of vertical and flat clutches. When the chronograph is begun, the 1/100th counter’s wheel is vertically moved so it draws in with the wheel that imparts its pinion to the escapement wheel (in fact a foudroyante).

Technically, the 1/100th counter is a 1/sixth of a second counter that by the by can be halted in the middle of the 6 hops of the foudroyante. Accordingly, the 1/100th counter doesn’t advance in a totally smooth, skimming movement like, say, a Spring Drive, yet rather advances in smooth and snappy hops between the six headways, similar to a foudroyante in a 21,600vph development would normally do. However, on the grounds that it is a vertical and not an even grasp for the 1/100th, it can withdraw anytime from the streaming hopping arrangement of progressions. One could contend that it very well may be a one-gazillionth chronograph, as it gets a semi consistent drive that it can separate from at any second in time.

Relax not, as we’re a long way from addressing all the complexities. The 20-seconds counter is connected to the 1/100th counter through a broad wheel train that curves around the halfway mounted heart barrel. The highlight of this wheel train associating the two counters is a moderate wheel that is straightforwardly determined by the barrel, subsequently easing the timekeeping component from broad strain and loss of force each time the chronograph is begun. The 10-minute counter is driven by a wheel train separate from the one interfacing the 1/100th and 20-second counters.

You see? From deciding the normal speed of low-circling rockets through different stuff trains, grasps, and 1/100th of a subsequent signs, this is one atypical run of the mill chronograph. With all due regard to each Centigraphe proprietor (whose Centigraphe picked in phenomenal taste I incredibly desire), I experience difficulty battling my questions with regards to speculation everybody shaking a Centigraphe has a totally away from of the whys and hows that this development has available for them. Truth be told, even after widely investigating this development, I am certain beyond a shadow of a doubt François-Paul and his group could bring up additional astonishing specialized subtleties and quirks.

Most significant however, after everything is said and done, it is this emphatically mind-desensitizing complexity that causes so many of us to appreciate a lot crafted by today’s watchmaking prodigies. Like the common watch wearer who picks a chronograph for its more complex looks, we too need to ever be given the alternative of a chronograph so delightfully over-designed that it surpasses our most trying dreams – and comprehension. Cost for the F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain in its 40mm wide and simply 10.1mm thick 18k red gold case is $59,200. fpjourne.com