Interview: F.P. Journe On The New Women's Élégante Line
The watch is all that its name proposes – exquisite. The reserved leveled Tortue case comes in platinum, red gold, and titanium. The titanium adaptation comes with or without precious stones, which is a reviving choice to have. The entirety of the watches come with an energetic elastic lash with folding catch in six tones: white, rose, light blue, 12 PM blue, chocolate, and khaki green. The dial is not difficult to peruse with Arabic numerals and a radiant dial. The titanium form is overly lightweight and is entirely comfortable to wear. However the most great piece of the watch isn’t the case yet the delightful (indeed, truth be told, I said excellent) F.P. Journe quartz movement.
Mr. Journe spent a sum of eight years working on the in-house quartz (or electro-mechanical) development for this assortment. In our interview he clarified that he would not like to conceal the development, yet rather make and showcase an excellent quartz development. He demanded utilizing red gold rather than yellow gold for the backplate, which made a long term difficulty all together sort out some way to make the red gold lead just as yellow gold. The feature of this quartz development is that it goes on reserve when you’re not wearing it.
Much like ECO start-stop vehicles today, the Élégante watch is tied in with saving energy. The battery detects the wearer’s development, and when it is inactive for 30 minutes it closes down. When the watch is picked back up, or given a light shake, the moment/hour hands move clockwise or counter-clockwise to the right time. For example, if I somehow managed to take the watch off at nine PM and got it at six AM, the hands would move counter-clockwise three hours. This allows the battery to keep going for eight to 10 years with every day wear and 18 years in backup mode. Also, there are two separate engines to decrease power misfortune from rubbing in the stuff train.
H: What was the motivation behind the collection?
FPJ: First it was a request for customers’ wives, who wanted a woman’s watch and not a more modest men’s watch. So that was the main thing. The subsequent thing was a matter of point of view in the historical backdrop of watchmaking. From the start individuals resembled, “F.P. Journe will do Quartz?” however quartz is an awesome innovation. The difficult you have with quartz is you ordinarily need to conceal it in light of the fact that the development isn’t pretty and you make it non-sumptuous. To begin with, it is an incredible innovation, I think Mr. Breguet in 1800, in the event that he had the chance to create quartz, he would have done as such! In this way, for Journe, that is so injected with the historical backdrop of watchmaking, it was his objective to address the issue of quartz.
H: What is unmistakable about this collection?
FPJ: First, quartz isn’t pretty to take a gander at, so here I intended to be, and didn’t attempt to shroud it like most quartz developments. The second is the issue of the battery is just about two-fold. When it kicks the bucket it passes on. Furthermore, typically, that is around three years. So this watch is made so when you lay it lethargic, it rests. What’s more, when you get it, it goes to the specific time. Be that as it may, in addition to the fact that it goes to the specific time, it always takes the nearest way to go to the specific opportunity to save energy.
There is additionally something else, there are two motors. For the most part, with a quartz watch, you have one motor with gears for the seconds, and different cog wheels for the hours and minutes. On the off chance that you have running cog wheels you have contact and rubbing utilizes energy. Along these lines, we have one motor for the seconds and another for hours and minutes. In the event that you have gears you must have ointments like oil in a vehicle – you can’t manage without. What’s more, following a few years, it begins to fall apart and the watch loses its grease and there is more erosion and utilize more energy. So by having two autonomous [engines] there are no more cog wheels, there is no more grease. So in any event, something like quartz is done and revamped, we have had the option to design something that bodes well on a watchmaker’s level.
H: How would you feel about the women’s assortment versus women wearing the men’s collection?
FPJ: We do have a few women purchasing men’s watches as it has been the pattern for a very long time. Women purchase uniquely in contrast to men. Also, that isn’t intended to be misogynist however it is a reality. A woman accepts for the correct reasons since they like it. A man will purchase something on the grounds that the man needs to legitimize the purchase mechanically. I’m not saying one is superior to the next, yet the woman’s sense is truer.
H: What do you think makes a woman’s watch?
FPJ: A woman [says with a smile].
Pricing is as follows:
Titanium with row of jewels: $16,100
Red gold with row of jewels: $27,400
Platinum full-set with jewels: $65,300
For more information on the new Élégante assortment, you can visit the F.P Journe website here .