We all know so well the feel of steel, or white gold, or even platinum, as watch collectors. We have an intimate knowledge of the weight and characteristics of metals such as titanium and even many ceramics or minerals used in cases. However, so few of us really have known and own watches made of tantalum and the F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu is made of that very metal and it is one of the very few!
This high fusion metal is very hard, thus very difficult to work with, scratch resistant -but also especially resistant to corrosion. Ideal in its case metal function if not easy to fashion into a case.
It is also said to work very well in harmony with the human body, being non-allergenic and more inert in this sense than titanium or other similar weight and strength metals. For many this consideration alone pulls in favor of the CB. (as it is often referred to by Journites!)
In addition to the phenomenal in-house case, F.P. Journe crafted as well a spectacular dial! The chromed blue dial matches so well the slight hint of blue in the tantalum metal. The in-house process involves the repeated application and polishing of enamel until this incredible depth is achieved. When seen in combination with the amazing aforementioned case, it is truly amazing that this is kept at the “entry” level of Journe prices.
The double barreled power supply is shown nicely with the transparent display back and the movement is polished and finished to the high level we are used to with all F.P. Journe watches.
Height: 8.60 mm
Power Reserve: 56 hours, double barrel, smooth power disbursement
Dial: Chrome blue
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.”