F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland & Holland is regularly said in an indistinguishable breath from other autonomous watchmakers like Kari Voutilainen or Vianney Halter, yet the truth of the matter is that he works in an unexpected way. Not at all like his counterparts, Francois-Paul Journe’s eponymous image really utilizes a little armed force of watchmakers and delivers around 800 to 900 watches a year.
That is nothing contrasted with other top of the line brands like Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin, however it overshadows the creation of most other autonomous watchmakers. Moreover, F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland & Holland even possesses its own particular dial and case creator, which enables the brand to do some quite fascinating things. The new F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland and Holland watch made as a team with an improbable accomplice, the 182 year-old British gunmaker Holland and Holland, is a decent case.
Before we discuss the watch, here’s a short prologue to Holland and Holland. Situated in London, Holland and Holland makes brandishing rifles by hand, and a rifle can cost over $100,000. On the off chance that you need to have it engraved, plan to pay twofold. Regardless of the costs, the sitting tight period for a firearm is said to associate with a few years.
The new F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland and Holland includes a one of a kind dial made out of a bit of Damascus steel taken from a couple of antique Holland and Holland firearm barrels that goes back to the nineteenth century. The two barrels being referred to are Barrel No. 1382 from 1868 and Barrel No. 7183 from 1882. The craft of influencing Damascus to steel is said to be lost by the late eighteenth century, which gives this dial an additional component of intrigue.
To create the dials, the firearm barrels were sliced and shaped to influence level to strips. These were then additionally cut, cleaned, and cleaned and after that sent to F.P. Journe’s dial creator, Les Cadraniers de Genève, where they are cut and arranged. Next, the dials are sent back to Holland and Holland where they are dealt with to additionally highlight the wavy examples of the barrels’ Damascus steel. At long last, they are sent back to F.P. Journe’s dial producer with the goal that the brand’s in a split second conspicuous Arabic numerals can be connected.
The final product is very astounding. The “carmelizing” treatment done by Holland and Holland makes an extraordinary natural dark colored tint, which, when combined with the example of Damascus steel, makes a darker dial that is dissimilar to whatever else – however the example may help one to remember, say, a tiger’s eye stone. Francois-Paul Journe’s impeccable feeling of style can be unmistakably refreshing here also, as he has shrewdly chosen to keep the dial as perfect as would be prudent. Aside from the printed Arabic numerals, just the brand’s logo and maxim decorate the dial. It’s a two-hander, time-just watch.
The F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland & Holland watch arrives in a 39mm stainless steel case, which is very bizarre for F.P. Journe looks as stainless steel is ordinarily saved for Journe’s moment repeater and terrific sonnerie watches – with others being for the most part in valuable metals. Inside beats F.P. Journe’s in-house bore 1304, which is a perfectly completed hand-wound development influenced to a great extent to out of 18k red gold. To commend the coordinated effort, Holland and Holland is engraved onto the base plate. Power hold is around 56 hours.
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With everything taken into account, the Chronomètre Holland and Holland, similar to such a large number of F.P. Journe’s different manifestations, is intriguing, mindful, and all around planned. The decision of material for the dial is entrancing and this is a piece that I want to have the capacity to find in the substance sometime in the not so distant future. On account of the constrained measure of dial material accessible, just 66 pieces can be made. The F.P. Journe Chronomètre Holland and Holland is estimated at 45,000 CHF.