FP Journe Paris Boutique has reopened after renovation (Warning: lots of pictures inside)

Sep 11, 2019,10:30 AM
 

Last week I had to drop off a watch for service at the newly renovated Boutique, so I grabbed this opportunity take some pictures to show you the place and a few watches.

 

(Perhaps You have already seen the my post from a former visit. If you missed it, here is the link. )

www.watchprosite.com

 





Let’s take a small virtual tour.

 

The main boutique space where customers are welcomed. The space is welcoming and has the ambience of an elegant and informal exhibition space with cosy armchairs where you sit and talk with the staff. The interior is made in pact with the old building, in beautiful high quality materials. No  faux surfaces as is often the case in watch stores. 



One of my favorite things about this Boutique, is the spaces are flooded with natural daylight. As the windows are facing east and north, you get a soft reflected light that is optimal for viewing the watches. Textures and colors can be seen as they really are.

Mr Journe designed the exhibition vitrines.







Upstairs is a bar that is useful for hosting events, exhibitions as well as serving customers who prefer a private setting.






A large etched glass lighting up the bar with the Resonance movement.







The next room is the lounge. A living room type of space. It is elegant and again, informal. What I like about the structure and the ambience of the Boutique is that you could almost live there. It has a feeling of a home, which makes it very pleasant and welcoming.







The view from the first floor. Rue Faubourg St Honore. Located only 50 meters from the LÉlysee Palace, the official recidence of the French President.  We are talking about an extremely well-guarded area with lots of police and security on the street.






Wall clock décor. An Octa reserve de Marche.







The well connected spaces are brilliant for hosting events and exhibitions.

I hope you enjoyed the small virtual tour.













I asked Mr. Pouedras, Director for France if we could see some boutique pieces since the boutique was the theme of this post.

Just before my visit, we had a forum post discussing Boutique Editions and Black Label pieces. Therefore, I also asked him to explain how these collections are limited. Here is his explanation:

Boutique Editions are made with rose gold cases and black dial. These can only be purchased at the FPJ boutiques. There is not an official cap on how many of these can be produced but in reality, these are quite rare. This collection was discontinued at the beginning of 2019.

Collection Nacre are made with rose gold or platinum cases and a dial that is partially made of cut mother of pearl. These can only be purchased at the FPJ boutiques. This collection was also discontinued at the beginning of 2019.

Black Label are platinum cases with black dial. To buy these you have to already be a FPJ costumer. The production cap on these areA">: 2 pieces of each model can be ordered pr year at each bouique.  Since there are 9 boutiques there could theoretically be 18 pieces of this model pr year. I was told that this is only in theory. In reality there are much, much less of each. I was also told that they are quite transparent about the numbers if you are an owner of these. You are welcome to contact a boutique and ask them the number produced your for your model, and they could find out for you.

 



 

Now, let’s see some watches.

Octa Automatique Lune - Black Label 40 mm.













The wristshot in daylight. The black dial and the uncoated glass makes it super reflective and hard to difficult to photograph.








 Notice the narrow bezel






A picture together with a Chronometre Optimum for comparison










Chronometre Souverain Collection Nacre

This piece I find very appealing. The Blue print with the “Bombé” effect on top of the mother of pearl, which has a kind of transparency to the surface, really sings when you see it up close.













The MOP catches the daylight and changes from almost white to magnificent hues of blue. I have to say I was quite smitten with this piece.













Centigraphe Souveraine Black Label






What a beauty. I sometimes find the contrast of BL too hard, but on this dial, it works really well, to my eyes. The black somehow matches the sport theme of a chronograph well. A small drawback can be that the silver hands, at certain angles, could be difficult to read at an instant when they are over the subdials.












Notice the very large crown.  Next to it, “rocker” switch that operates the chronograph.







On the wrist, overlooking Rue Faubourg St Honore. It makes me feel on top of the world.

Thank you so much to the entire wonderful staff at the FP Journe Boutique in Paris letting us visit you.








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Thanks for the tour.

 
 By: GWIS : September 11th, 2019-11:10
It looks a very nice boutique and the watches aren’t bad either!!

It was a genuine pleasure

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-14:41
Thank you for your kind words, GWIS. Welcome here 😊

thank you, my friend

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-14:42
And for all your support

Lots to enjoy !...

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 11th, 2019-11:46
The mother of pearl dial looks very interesting with the printing directly on it. Just imagine how many are rejected in the manufacturing process . Thank you Christian.

Exactly right, my friend

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-14:45
And I happen to to be told by the guy in charge of dials that 75% break when they cut them. And each blank is quite expensive. Add the lost labor to that.

Absolutely lovely photos Christian!

 
 By: sham1 : September 11th, 2019-11:58
Now I can see why you mention photography as one of your passions! My only qualm with FR Journe and it is the only one is that I wish they had continued to make 38mm watches. Yes I know for some unknown reason, they did not sell many 38mm watches but I th... 

I can very well understand your point, Sham

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-14:54
My wrist is larger than average but a 38 mm works very well. For some model I prefer 40. The Chronometre Bleu is 39 - it always looks great on almost everyone wishes that FPJ would go back to the old 38/40 sizes. In my eyes I was a perfect constellation.

Thumbs up! [nt]

 
 By: Ivan5 : September 11th, 2019-12:06

Thank you, IVAN [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-14:59

Great tour and pics my friend

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : September 11th, 2019-12:32
Also thanks for the explanation about the different models 🙏🏻

It was truly my pleasure

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-15:00
Thank you so much for your feedback. It means a lot😊 see you around here

This Boutique looks amazing. Thanks for the great post!

 
 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2019-12:46
Lots of eye candy here.

Michael - thank you

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-15:01
if You ver come to Paris promise to take y there. The Staff is second to none - really. Always great to read you, dear friend!

Thanks for the report...

 
 By: edo.k : September 11th, 2019-13:33
Octa Lune and Black label Centri looks great... lots of love for black dial FPJs....

Thank you so much

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-15:05
Yes they are very powerful pieces and come across with both elegance and sportiness. Great to see you here. Welcome 🙏

Superb, pal!

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 11th, 2019-14:02
Now, I’d like you to go back to the Boutique and get me every one of them.

No can’t do ..

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-15:09
Because a very elegant, French couple came in just as I had shot the Nacre and bought it. Especially the centigraphe - I cant believe it hasn’t been picked it up yet. Thank you, my all time favorite Druid. So glad to have you around.

Drat!

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 11th, 2019-15:44
Well, I’ll take the rest. By the way, I figured out why I didn’t find the Boutique when I was in Paris in April. The Elysee Palace (I had no idea that was what it was) was blocked off from pedestrians. From your photo I can see the Boutique was on the oth... 

That would be great! [nt]

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 12th, 2019-07:06

Deal :-) [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-07:21

Oh.

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 11th, 2019-15:45
And thank you for the kind words, PaganDK.

LOL [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-18:42

My pleasure, bonovox [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-18:43

Thanks Christian. This iteration of the Centigraphe is by far the most appealing to me.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : September 11th, 2019-18:13
PT and Black Dial just works so well. In contrast, for the Optimum I think the RG and Black Dial is the winner.

You are very welcome, Dear Jay. It really sings to me as well. I was very tempted...

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-19:00
For the Optimum, I seem to be running around in circles at the moment. The boutique edition is definitely a top contender. My only issue is that I prefer to wear white metals.

I prefer white metals too, but having seen Padj’s in the metal I was blown away.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : September 12th, 2019-03:52
The black dial, and it’s a big dial, really takes the eye away from the gold case. It’s in no way blingy or in your face. You really need to see one on your wrist, which might not be so easy unfortunately.

The line starts in New Jersey.

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 12th, 2019-11:22
Tickets are $5.00 each.

I agree with your assesment - it really ties in well with the Remontior on the dial

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-11:35
plus Black and gold just seem to work really well together. But you, of course, must also have to take in to consideration that he is a rapper.

See, I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello

 
 By: DruidPadj : September 12th, 2019-12:51
To the Black, to the White, the Red and the Brown The Purple and Yellow, but first I gotta Bang bang, the boogie to the boogie Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie...

ROFLMAO 🤣 🤯

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-13:06
This how you make the 💰💰for those amazing pieces in your collection.

great post-thanks! [nt]

 
 By: NautNut : September 11th, 2019-20:07

Thank you, NautNut 👍 [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 11th, 2019-22:29

Great report! Thank you for letting us know

 
 By: Geo : September 11th, 2019-23:16
What a stunning and classy looking boutique. I will definitely visit, next time when I am in Paris. GEO

serious virtual tour...thanks for sharing my friend !

 
 By: maverickmahesh : September 12th, 2019-02:22
i plan to be there this weekend, thinking of getting a strap on CS to tone it down...something tan/brownish... I'm intrigued by the Chronometre Optimum...killer ! Best, mahesh.,

Great idea, Mahesh!! To get one too dark, I think!?

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-05:03
Jean Rousseau also do nice work. they have the exact specs for Journe straps. The CO is haunting me, but I need to take it easy for a little while and sell some pieces first. Thank you Best Christian

Christian, you're doing a masterful job of keeping FPJ at the top of my wishlist 😂

 
 By: M4 : September 12th, 2019-02:38
Another terrific post. Getting to Paris is high on my bucket list and the boutique will be a must stop. Thank you. M4

Thank you so much for the compliment- It means a lot!

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-05:05
Its a MUST if you go Paris. We can find a few more via PM if you go there Best Christian

Beautiful boutique full of wonders.

 
 By: VMM : September 12th, 2019-03:03
I could spend a few days of my life in there. Thanks for sharing. Vte

My pleasure VMM

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 12th, 2019-05:07
Its a lot of fun to be there and the staff is super kind and knows ther stuff really well. thank you for looking. Best Christian

Lovely photos...

 
 By: Dave G : September 14th, 2019-08:36
I keep thinking about the Centigraphe. The photos reinforce the desire. Dave

t is a very cool piece an d SO Journe :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : September 14th, 2019-08:40
thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it