It’s a well-known fact in the watch world that F.P. Journe is a technical genius, having brought us such amazing innovations such as his Resonance and grand sonnerie watches. But one thing that’s often overlooked today – but we think will be rightly lauded in the future – is how amazing his designs are. His designs are very carefully thought out, with all the information on the dial placed in the most logical and legible way, regardless of the difficulty the design might generate in constructing the movement.
And among his designs, we think this watch – the Calendrier – is his best. It’s an annual calendar that’s both beautiful and unmistakably Journe. In our opinion, it’s one of the most perfect watch designs of the modern era.
This specific Calendrier is a special version, part of the Ruthenium Collection.
Starting in 2001, Journe released his first limited series pieces to provide something new and exclusive for his collectors. This collection of five watches is referred to as the Ruthenium Collection, due to their ruthenium-coated gold dials and ruthenium-coated brass movements. Each watch in the Ruthenium Collection was created in limited edition of 99 numbered pieces with 40 mm platinum cases.
The ruthenium coating results in a beautiful dark grey color to both the dials and movements which simply begs to be seen in person. The most distinctive feature about this collection is that the month and day windows are ruthenium colored also (instead of white, as with most of his watches) – beautiful!
F.P. Journe Ruthenium Calendrier
Case: Platinum, 40mm with a platinum tang buckle
Dial: Ruthenium dial
Condition: Watch is in excellent condition
Includes: Box, certificate, and manual. See photos for more 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.”