Introducing the FP Journe Centigraphe Sport; and a new line of Journe sports watches

An FP Journe Centigraphe Sport to be sold on May 30 at Christie’s for charity. This is the first of a new line of ultra-light, sports timepieces from FP Journe. The watch is entirely aluminium, case, bracelet and movement, giving it a weight of only 55 g. The crown, pushers and sides of the bracelet are coated in rubber to absorb shock.

According to Journe the aluminium alloy used is “scratch resistant… [with] anti-corrosive and anti-allergic properties.” This is good news as past attempts to use aluminium for watch cases, by IWC and Bulgari for example, were not notably successful given the softness of aluminium. I am still not sold on the aesthetics of the Centigraphe Sport. It reminds me of the Swatch aluminium. But given FP Journe’s track record with extremely elegant designs I’m inclined to give him benefit of the doubt. But more significant than the Centigraphe Sport itself is the fact that it will be the first model in an entirely new FP Journe collection, the Sport Line.

According to the press release: “[The Sport Line is] a collection of new watches of an astounding lightness, thought and conceived specifically for a proficient sportive activity, and that will include watches with manual as well as automatic winding.

This collection has been inspired by an important collector, an aficionado of F.P.Journe watches, who committed himself in numerous marathon and triathlon competitions and wished to have an ultra light sportswatch, coupled with a movement of authentic high horology. With its measure of a 100th second, theCentigraphe Souverain seemed to be the perfect match to excel in his activities, where every second is counted.”

The aluminium bridges of the Centigraphe Sport movement

Serial no. 001 of the Centigraphe Sport will be auctioned on 30 May by Christie’s in Hong Kong as lot 2192A with all proceeds going to Japan tsunami and earthquake relief. The donation ceremony, as well as the official launch of the Centigraphe Sport, will be held on 1 June at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo.


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FP Journe launches the Centigraphe Sport in aluminium and rubber

I just heard of this from my friends Ay and Ty. This is the most unusual FP Journe yet, the Centrigraphe Sport chronograph. The case and bracelet are in aluminium, with rubber covering the crown and rocker for the chronograph. Piece no. 1 will be auctioned at the end of May by Christie’s in Hong Kong with proceeds going to Japan earthquake relief. Based on the photo alone it reminds me of a Swatch aluminium.

The description from Christie’s: “F.P. JOURNE, CENTIGRAPHE SPORT, ERGONOMIC CHRONOGRAPH, FIRST WRISTWATCH ENTIRELY MADE FROM ALUMINIUM, NO. 1 FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ALUMINIUM AND RUBBER, SCRATCH RESISTANT MANUALLY-WOUND CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 100TH OF A SECOND, 20 SECOND AND 10 MINUTE REGISTERS, PATENTED ROCKER FOR RE-SET AT 2 O’CLOCK AND POWER RESERVE, MANUFACTURED IN MAY 2011 Calibre 1506 entirely crafted from aluminum alloy, semi-skeletonised aluminum alloy dial, subdials for 100th of a second, 20-seconds and 10 minute registers, circular aluminum alloy with rubber inserts, titanium crown with rubber coating, patented ergonomic chronograph reset button in the band at 2 o’clock which is rocked back and forth for the stopping and starting of the chronograph, F.P. Journe aluminum alloy bracelet with rubber inserts with titanium and rubber coateddeployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed Diameter: 42 mm” Update: More on the Centigraphe Sport. – SJX

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