F.P. Journe’s emphatic motto, Invenit et Fecit (“he invented it and made it”), is a sentiment most assuredly echoed in its practice: each watch movement boasts an original calibre that has been entirely invented, constructed and assembled in their Geneva workshops.
Founded in 1999 by the eponymous François-Paul Journe in Geneva, the manufacture specialises in complex precision chronometers, with a limited annual production run of approximately 800 wristwatches.
Journe promises quality over quantity: each piece is produced by a single craftsman, and can take up to a year to complete. F.P. Journe, a skilled watchmaker himself, draws upon his own historical knowledge as well as savoir-fare deeply rooted in the techniques of watchmakers past, coupling both with research and innovation. Its erudite comprehension of horology materialises internally in its labyrinthine movements and precision timekeeping.
Externally, the watches ooze understated decadence, featuring movements in 18-karat rose gold housed (usually) in platinum cases. The manufacture’s illustrious lineup includes, first and foremost, its irrefutable magnum opus: the Chronomètre à Résonance with two oscillating balance wheels. Equally complex and entirely original calibres can also be found in The Grande Sonnerie, the ultra-thin Répétition Souveraine, as well as the Octa automatic calibre with a 5-day power reserve.
Lending further legitimacy to its guarantee of quality, F.P. Journe holds seven distinctions at the GPGH in Geneva (including three “Golden Hand” awards -- the highest industry accolade for a watchmaker) as well as a plethora of global Watch of the Year awards. F.P. Journe has also achieved incredible performances in recent auctions: in 2019, the Astronomic Blue hammered for CHF 1.8 million at an Only Watch auction.