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January 28, 2014

The First Ladies Collection by F.P. Journe

By Chris Boyle

Conciliating tradition, innovation and modern technology, the “élégante” collection discloses a revolutionary horological concept. Designed and conceived exclusively for women, with extremely precise technical specifications that makes it a long-lasting watch, the “élégante” measures time impeccably, allowing it to be stopped and started again.

It took 8 years of research for F.P. Journe to develop this innovative movement that combines the comfort of use of an electromechanical watch with feminity, elegance, and precision. It offers 8 to 10 years of use when worn and up to 18 years in standby mode. When the “élégante” is not worn, it stops after about 30 minutes.

When it is again worn, it automatically sets itself to the correct time, taking the shortest path for the purpose of energy preservation.

The novel luminescent dial of the “élégante” in its Titanium version recalls the shimmering surface of white mother-of-pearl. It offers maximum legibility, by day and by night. At night the hands count off the hours, as in a shadow theatre. As a finishing touch to his first ladies collection, F.P. Journe has chosen a flat Tortue case, whose design is trademarked.

As François-Paul Journe says: “I created this watch because for 20 years, women have been asking me to design a watch for them; a watch that was different and comfortable to wear, and that suited their needs and desires. I therefore created this long-lasting watch especially for them. Today the “élégante” features the only electromechanical movement conceived and created for the luxury market and offering a true vision of luxury.”

The case of the “élégante” is available in Titanium, with 7 coloured rubber partitions and a matching rubber strap: white, rose, light blue, midnight blue, chocolate, burgundy red, and khaki green. Its ergonomic shape perfectly hugs the wrist. The 18 ct. red gold version comes with a chocolate strap; the Platinum PT 950 version with a dark blue strap. A jewellery version of the “élégante” is available, with a diamond set bezel and a dial that can be set with precious stones upon request.

If electronics had existed in the 18th century, they would have been used by master horologists for marine chronometry, to achieve maximum precision during ocean navigation, while offering a sophisticated construction and luxurious design.

F.P. Journe produces haute horology movements; each watch is fitted with a sapphire back that reveals its magnificent movement. Faithful to the specifications of his haute horology production, F.P. Journe reserves a special treatment for the movements of the “élégante”, with an outstanding decor that may be admired through the sapphire case back.

The exceptional horological savoir-faire that characterises all F.P. Journe watches, and his exclusive mode of assembly, are both present in the “élégante”.

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(Source: F.P. Journe)

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