Friday, October 7, 2016

Doing Good by 30%, and Celebrating 10 Years

This is the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversary and it has been created to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the F.P. Journe boutiques.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong boutique and the Tokyo boutique.  

Courtesy of F.P. Journe
For the Hong Kong version there will be 20 pieces, and 10 for their Tokyo colleagues.

But as you know, at Tempus Fugit we particularly appreciate brands that go out of their way to help do something positive to benefit others.  So I will let the good folks at F.P. Journe tell you in their own words -

The Centigraphe Souverain contributes to the medical research of the ICM
In purchasing the Centigraphe, you are also supporting the medical research carried out by the ICM Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris - to help find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis...

Along with Professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Jean Réno, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Michael Schumacher, amongst others, François-Paul Journe has committed to donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the ICM, with no time limit. (

30% of profit is no small number, and the folks at F.P. Journe are to be commended, for this is a very, very positive step and one that other brands should take notice of.

But this is, after all, a blog about watches.  So here are the pertinents -


Calibre 1506 Manual winding
Movement in 18K rose gold 

Dimensions of the Movement 

Overall diameter:
34.40 mm 

Casing-up diameter:
34.00 mm
Overall height:
5.60 mm
Height of hands:
1.45 mm 


Free-sprung balance
Four adjustable inertia weights Anachron balance spring Mobile stud holders
Pinned GE stud
Spring pinned to the collet 

21,600v/h (3Hz)
10.10 mg/cm2
Angle of lift:


In-line lever escapement - 15-tooth escape wheel 


Central hours and minutes
One-second chronograph:
register at 10 o’clock 

20-seconds chronograph:
register at 2 o’clock
10-minutes chronograph:
register at 6 o’clock 

Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring 
1/100th second readout 

Power Reserve 

Over 80 hours with the chronograph stopped 
24 hours with the chronograph running 


Circular stripes on the bridges
Circular graining on the baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots 

Pegs with polished rounded ends 
Straight-grained steel work 


Titanium grade 5, polished 
Diameter: 40.00 mm 
Total height: 10.70 mm 

Control rocker 

18K red Gold
Rocker arm to start, stop and zero the chronograph


18K red Gold
Three-position winding crown 

Position 0, disengaged 
Position 1, winding
Position 2, time-setting 


Ruthenium with sapphire registers and polished steel circle 


Burgundy alligator with 18K red Gold clasp 

Number of Parts 

Movement without dial 284 
Cased up with strap 324
Jewels  50 

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