Introduced in 2013, the original Quantième Perpétuel was a concise perpetual calendar with useful features, as well as a peculiar, egg-shaped steel ring around the centre of the dial. Now the design has been refined – but all functionality retained – to create the new F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel with gold numerals. And though this was officially announced only recently, the watch has already been available at boutiques for several months.
Compared to the earlier F.P. Journe calendar watches, the Quantième Perpétuel was a big improvement with its highly legible display and improved user friendliness. But the first generation dial was odd because of the steel ring around the centre.
That’s been changed with the new model, and the improvement is substantial. The new dial appeals because it doesn’t try too hard to be different. Instead, it differentiates itself in more subtle ways.
And the boutique-only blue-dial version is unusual, which is a plus if you’re looking for something different. F.P. Journe has rarely used matte, dark blue dials on standard-production watches; historically only limited editions and custom watches had such dials.
Silver and gold
Borrowing the clous de Paris engine-turned centre from the Chronometre Souverain, the dial is made of solid silver, while the applied numerals and calendar window frames are solid gold. The addition of gold frames for the calendar do make the positions of the windows more obvious, which throws off the vertical balance of the dial slightly, but not enough to make it unattractive.
Notably, the egg-shaped centre is still there – it’s the guilloche portion of the dial – but without the steel ring, the shape is no longer overt except in the different sizes of the numerals at the quarters.
Dial aside, the rest of the watch is identical to the first generation. The case is available in 40 mm or 42 mm – the latter feels a little too large – and is an elegant 11 mm high.
The movement remains the same cal. 1300.3, an automatic with an instantaneous perpetual calendar. All of the calendar functions can be set forwards and backward via the crown, except for the month that is set via the lever hidden under the upper-right lug.
Key facts and price
F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel with gold numerals
Diameter: 40 mm and 42 mm
Height: 11 mm
Material: Platinum or 18k rose gold
Water resistance: 30 m
Movement: Cal. 1300.3
Functions: Hours, minute, seconds; instantaneous perpetual calendar with window-based display; power reserve
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 160 hours
Strap: Alligator strap or matching metal bracelet
Limited edition: No
Availability: Already available; white-dial models at both boutiques and retailers, blue-dial models only at boutiques and Espaces
Price: 70,000 Swiss francs in platinum; 66,400 Swiss francs in gold (prices exclude taxes)
For more information, visit Fpjourne.com.
Update May 13, 2020: Price in Swiss francs added.Back to top.