Sep 06, 2019,11:29 AM

Dear fellow Purists,
Aside from my perennial obsession with the Resonance in 38mm, I am fascinated since 2014 with the Byblos version of the CB.

What is your take on this piece? A brilliant LE? A standout open dial for FPJ? Too bling or ostentatious?
Let me know what you think of this rare beast. Wrist shots and owner’s experiences always welcome 🙏

Picture credit: FP Journe website.


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 By: avseg : September 6th, 2019-11:37
I've always really liked this piece. The quirkiness is very much FPJ.

Very true.

 By: mrds : September 8th, 2019-06:33
Actually it's astonishing that FPJ never made a skeleton watch (hope I'm correct about this) given his gorgeous gold movements and high standards of finishing. A future project, maybe? Thanks for your comments, Watchonthewrist!

I can’t decide whether this or the regular version looks better

 By: fourtaelsgold : September 6th, 2019-12:22
But I love them both equally

The standard Chronomètre Bleu is a true marvel...

 By: mrds : September 8th, 2019-06:36
...but to me, the Byblos version is an entirely different watch. In terms of design and feel, it has nothing to do with the standard CB, although of course it uses most of the CB as its base. Happy Sunday, fourtaelsgold.

It is super quirky....

 By: ChristianDK : September 6th, 2019-13:42
but I like that. It is certainly not your first or second Journe and certainly also a watch for a special mood. I think you may need to know the FPJ universe quite well to appreciate the details. When all that said, it does tickle me without any objection... 

Quirky, but in a very stylish way!

 By: mrds : September 8th, 2019-06:38
Hi Christian, Actually it WOULD be my first FPJ. Always been following and admiring Journe, but so far none of his wonderful creations in my humble collection. True, the Byblos would be a strange choice for first FPJ, but it just keeps its allure... Cheer... 

Haha great 😊👍 then you should absolutely go if you have the opportunity.

 By: ChristianDK : September 8th, 2019-06:47
Of you do - be warned - the World of FP Journe can be highly addictive. My guess is, if like this one, you will be drawn in.

I like it [nt]

 By: cazalea : September 6th, 2019-15:03

In short; don’t like it.

 By: Jay (Eire) : September 6th, 2019-15:32
I just don’t think the dial works; the cut out is odd to me. In saying that I have no idea how it could be executed such that it would not look odd to me and for others this may be the coolest dial ever. The blue dial is also something you need to really ...  

Thanks Jay. You raise fair points here.

 By: mrds : September 8th, 2019-06:45
Definitely the Byblos can't be a daily wearer as the standard CB is (in an excuisite way). To me, the Byblos and the standard CB as just very different watches, each with a different purpose. I also agree with your point about the cutout shape. This is a ... 

Very different indeed, but this difference is only the because of the dial.

 By: Jay (Eire) : September 8th, 2019-10:49
If one likes the CB on the wrist then this one will work too. Re the dial, it’s not simply the shape of the cut-out, it’s what it reveals (nothing interesting really, and a lot of gold). Thinking some more about it, and remembering it on the wrist, it may... 

Love it [nt]

 By: Patekphilippecollector : September 6th, 2019-20:09

Certainly a striking piece

 By: VinnieD : September 6th, 2019-23:27
I would not mind borrowing one for a few days But not to my taste - shape of the cut out mostly: it looks like a bracelet of pearl hangs around the dial

big fan of this one...

 By: keks : September 7th, 2019-04:40
very cool piece!

That makes 2 of us!

 By: mrds : September 8th, 2019-06:48
Thanks, keks, and have a good Sunday.

I love it!

 By: renerod : September 9th, 2019-19:29
F.P. Journe movements are art masterpieces. So this “dial” makes the movement the canvas with those several finishes. Also the cut out has the form of a flower, so it feels organic. I would mind using it everyday! Best. René

sexy sexy Journe

 By: Mohannad (aka Riddler) : September 12th, 2019-03:36
i love it

I‘m so tempted!

 By: mrds : September 12th, 2019-13:04
Need to try it on soon. I‘m still torn between this special piece and a Gen 1 Resonance. Thanks for looking, Mohannad! Daniel