F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain with a Régence Circulaire dial

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Régence Circulaire 1François-Paul Journe, the founder of the F.P. Journe watch brand, has always been fascinated with the 18th century watchmaking. For him that was the golden age of time measurement, and it is in homage to that era that he signs his creations with the “Invenit et Fecit” (Latin for “He invented it and made it”) – a reference to the fact that designs and builds the entirety of the watch movements. As a tribute to the clockmakers and artisans of the 18th century, the Swiss brand has created a very special Tourbillon Souverain with an exclusive Régence Circulaire dial. The Régence Circulaire motif takes its inspiration from geometrical motifs of the Regency period, an era in British history that lasted roughly from 1795 to 1837.

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An homage to the clockmakers and artisans of the 18th century

With the new Tourbillon Souverain Régence Circulaire, F.P. Journe is taking the art of horology on a whole new level. The dial takes two days to be hand-engraved. The Régence Circulaire motif is first drawn on the raw white gold dial. Using burins of different sizes and shapes, the artist then engraves the pattern into the metal. These tools are considered as trade secrets. Next, the artist begins to rough out the grained decoration of the surface and the champlevé areas. This is followed by the perfection of the background texture and giving a final finish to the engraving of the lines. After all of the painstaking work requiring highly specialized skills as well as great patience and dexterity, the dial is then given to another artist who then gives it a final polishing that leaves it gleaming.

The new F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Régence Circulaire is housed in a 40mm red gold case. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and features a transparent sapphire crystal case-back. Featuring blued Steel hands, the hand-engraved white gold dial features a power reserve indicator at 12, silver guilloche hours and minutes subdial at 3, silver small seconds subdial at 6, and tourbillon at 9 o’clock. Apart from the tourbillon, the movement is also equipped with a mechanism called the remontoire or constant force device system. Invented and made by François-Paul Journe, this mechanism ensures constant power delivery to the escapement. The remontoire is enriched with the addition of an independent dead-beat second. This complication provides a more accurate reading of the time. The term “dead second” refers to the fact that the hand remains motionless (“dead”) for as long as the second has not actually elapsed.

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It takes two days for a Geneva artist to hand-engrave the dial

Powering the Tourbillon Souverain Régence Circulaire is the in-house calibre F.P.Journe 1403 with 26 jewels. Visible through the sapphire case back, this self-winding movement features circular stripes on the bridges, Geneva waves on baseplate, polished and beveled screw heads and pegs with polished rounded ends. The movement itself works at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch is delivered on a stylish brown leather strap. Limited to only 20 pieces, the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Régence Circulaire is priced at CHF 171,000.


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