The Centigraphe Souverain has an interesting origin story. In the 1990s, a collector asked François-Paul to make him a pocket watch that could time in small increments. François-Paul attempted it then but was not able to complete the work. Years later Journe met Jean Todt, who was at that time the executive director of Scuderia Ferrari (the division of Ferrari devoted to racing). They got to the topic of discussing “the ideal chronograph for the world of car racing.” That led Journe to revisit the idea of a chronograph capable of timing very small increments, and this time he was able to solve the problem, and the Centigraphe, a chronograph capable of measuring 1/100th of a second, was born.
This watch here isn’t the normal Centigraphe Souverain, but the Centigraphe Sport. Journe’s approach to creating a sports watch were similar to his thoughts with all his products…this was not purely a design exercise of putting “sporty” colors on a dial and calling it a sports watch. For Journe to create a sports watch, it would have to be actually useable and practical while playing sports. For Journe that meant it should be lightweight, scratch resistant, and shock resistant. Regarding the goal of making the watch lightweight, the purpose was not to have the world’s lightest watch for the sake of having some record. On the other hand, it wouldn’t suffice to have a watch that was just a little bit lighter than the normal CT. The goal was to create a watch that was significantly light, and thus practical for sports use. Hence the LineSport Collection was born. This is the titanium version of the Centigraphe Sport, thus the name Centigraphe Sport Titane.
F.P. Journe Centigraphe Sport Titane
Case: Titanium, 42mm
Movement: Calibre 1506
Condition: Watch is in Excellent condition
Includes: See photos for details.
This desire for an F.P. Journe watch stems from the fact that Journe is quite simply considered one of the very top watchmakers alive today. Max Büsser, founder of the watch company MB&F said of Journe, “François-Paul is in my opinion the heir to Abraham-Louis Breguet. He has managed over the last twenty-five years to master and synthesize the past with the future of watchmaking. Locked in his head are quantities of projects that will amaze the connoisseurs.”
The De Bethune DBS
The DBS was the first watch by De Bethune to have their now signature 3D moonphase complication. They make it by taking a half sphere of steel and a half sphere of palladium and combining them to form a full sphere. Both halves of the sphere are silvery-colored to start with, but then they apply heat. The metal properties of steel are such that it turns blue at a noticeably lower temperature than palladium, so the steel half of the sphere ends up turning blue while the palladium side is perfectly unchanged. The result is a perfect half-blue sphere. Such is the level of detail that exemplifies De Bethune. Click to take a closer look at this piece!