It's funny how we get so excited for SIHH/Basel every year, when...
the real show is the announcement of the Only Watch collection. FP again is the leader (at least so far) in my book.
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F.P. JOURNE Astronomic Blue for OnlyWatch 8.
The watch presented is a protype movement encased in a tantalum case and a special blue dial for Only Watch. Finally, we get to see the long anticipated F.P. Journe Astronomic. The watch was expected in 2019 and the end of 2018 we got a hint from super co...
Imho its a very impressive watch .
Full with amazing complications . Maybe the size is big but i have seen watches that big that wears smaller on the wrist . Hope to see it in person one day
Thank you for chiming in
Yes it amazing and hopefully you will get the chance to see it. there is going to be a world tour of the watches. check it out here: I will do a lot to catch it myself.
Thank you for the post.
I understand where you are coming from in less is more and preference for a smaller size but I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with this watch. Both aesthetically and certainly technically. I have often found that Journes look much better in pe...
You are absolutely right about how they wear
It’s an advantage of the case design with the short, downward turned lugs. It is reasonable, as you so eloquently put it. Especially as the reason behind it, is that the case is filled to the brim with high horology and not just an upscaled case for fashi...
That is a tricky one
I don’t think this watch was ever meant to be accessible. Just like the Grande et Petite Sonnerie - the flagship of the collection. These can only be built in very limited numbers. The former was only built in appr 50 pieces over the 13 years run. It occu...
So far the best and most likely will be the best of Only Watch 2019.
Aah, not improbable, dear friend...
Look here: I will try to find out more. And maybe even pay you a visit I agree the complications are spectacular. Especially these more esoteric ones. Thank you for chiming in, Nico.
Haha, yes - good point
I think that is a truth that keeps growing by the year. I agree. I think FPJ steals the show with this piece.
Does this signal the end game?
Because how could he possibly top this in 2020? I can’t help but wonder if this is some sort of “going out with a bang” type of piece! I guess only time will tell (how’s that for a pun!!).
I doubt that...
Mr Journe is living and breathing watchmaking. I doubt he, as a person, is able to do much else that he would feel more meaningful
Thanks Christian for the details.
I was initially thinking the size, and what that meant for future regular production prices, was a big negative but then I realized it doesn’t matter to me as whatever regular production piece that follows this is way way outside of any watch budget I’ll ...
I had the exact same train of thought. It is not relevant to me personally i just don’t hope to see it as a trend for FPJ as I’m guessing a lot of us feel. I agree so much on your second point as well. Even though it is a multiple complication and the siz...
Living on the edge 😎 As much as I love and respect Patek, I find it difficult to appreciate the aesthetics of that piece. I know, on a technical level, it is a master piece.
The Annual calendar here is a straightforward implementation
No complex mechanisms. It is a hand that can be seen on the caseback side, and makes a full revolution once every 366 days. It simply points to a disc which has properly spaced, varying month lengths between 29-31 days. The reason this was done is because...
it makes sence from a logical POV
that the equation of time ties in with the annual calendar. I am not that deep in to the technical issue but i understand that the jump from annual to a perpetual calendar is quite a big one. not only in tems of number of parts but actually making the mec...