Very true, he’ll only stop when he can’t do it anymore [nt]

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F.P. JOURNE Astronomic Blue for OnlyWatch 8.

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-13:18
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 .

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : July 1st, 2019-14:39
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

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-14:46
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.

 
 By: NML77 : July 1st, 2019-15:23
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

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-20:47
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... 

I’m impressed from a technical standpoint how much he have stuffed in to this 44 mm case...

 
 By: maverickmahesh : July 1st, 2019-15:27
Yet uncluttered in terms of aesthetics - he outdid himself on this, if I can say so. What worries me personally, even as production piece these are kind of complications that will keep most of the FPJ fans out of reach, just in terms of the price point. H... 

That is a tricky one

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-20:54
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... 

What I had in mind was...

 
 By: maverickmahesh : July 2nd, 2019-11:53
I was drawn by the dial layout to dream off the next Resonance 😜

epic amazingness

 
 By: Gelato Monster : July 1st, 2019-16:31
So far the best and most likely will be the best of Only Watch 2019.

Aah, not improbable, dear friend...

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:02
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.

It's funny how we get so excited for SIHH/Basel every year, when...

 
 By: thegrailwatch : July 1st, 2019-16:54
the real show is the announcement of the Only Watch collection. FP again is the leader (at least so far) in my book.

Haha, yes - good point

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:06
I think that is a truth that keeps growing by the year. I agree. I think FPJ steals the show with this piece.

Very cool

 
 By: NautNut : July 1st, 2019-18:34
this will surely go for big number

Yes. To the top collectors, the OnlyWatch are important and prestigious.

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:08
Especially something really special like this. It will be really interesting to follow.

Does this signal the end game?

 
 By: hub6152 : July 1st, 2019-19:08
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...

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:11
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

That is my clear impression

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:31
My feeling of him as a person is, that everything in his life revolves around his watchmaking

Thanks Christian for the details.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : July 1st, 2019-20:19
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 ... 

LOL, Jay

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 1st, 2019-21:22
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... 

I just look at the Patek and I see a mess, dial, case and pushers.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : July 1st, 2019-23:03
I understand many like that aesthetic and so my comment should be taken as the subjective view it is. It’s good that we have both, something for everyone!

You guys are cracking me up.

 
 By: DruidPadj : July 3rd, 2019-09:03
And you are risking the wrath of the Patek Forum. Know when to duck.

It’s called..

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 3rd, 2019-10:33
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.

I think it's a wonderful watch and I love the complications.

 
 By: Karlstumke : July 2nd, 2019-02:29
Wish PP did astrological a bit more. At 44mm would have no interest for me and I guess the price will be in the millions

One thing struck me as odd...

 
 By: mdg : July 2nd, 2019-08:43
...Annual Calendar? Seems odd to have a tourbillon and minute repeater but not a perpetual calendar.

Well. I had the exact same thought yesterday.

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 2nd, 2019-11:44
It is much more difficult to do a perpetual than an annual. Perhaps, there just wasn’t the room for it. But I he your point well.

The Annual calendar here is a straightforward implementation

 
 By: skyeriding : July 4th, 2019-01:40
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

 
 By: ChristianDK : July 6th, 2019-14:06
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... 

The name says it all, Astronomic!

 
 By: VMM : July 19th, 2019-14:03
Outstanding and superlative creation, love it. Vte