When F.P. Journe unveiled its LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante throughout SIHH 2018, it caught our eye for a number of causes. Not solely was it F.P. Journe’s first split-seconds chronograph in common manufacturing, nevertheless it additionally got here with a surprisingly engaging price ticket, making it the most effective worth propositions within the rarefied world of rattrapantes. Introduced in valuable metallic circumstances and bracelets, the inspiration behind the Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante was the one-off mannequin F.P. Journe confected for the Solely Watch public sale of 2017. Though one or two design options of the Solely Watch mannequin appeared on the 2018 chronograph, the motion was considerably tailored to combine the massive date operate. Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at this magnificent hammered crimson gold model.
While you ask a watch lover about F.P.Journe, you’re sure to listen to grandiloquent names like Chronomètre à Résonance, Tourbillon Souverain Vertical or Répétition Souveraine crop up within the dialog. Nevertheless, in case you point out the LineSport assortment, you would possibly get some quizzical appears to be like. Launched in 2011, the LineSport was represented by fashions just like the Centigraphe and the Octa S Energy Reserve (160 hours) with aluminium circumstances and even aluminium actions. One other defining characteristic of the gathering was the usage of protecting black rubber bumpers positioned on the crown and the exterior hyperlinks of the bracelet. The split-seconds chronograph entered the LineSport household in 2018 and appeared, for the primary time on this assortment, with valuable metallic circumstances. Having listened intently to criticism from collectors and journalists, F.P. Journe determined to do away with the rubber bumpers, enhance the case dimension to 44mm and keep on with valuable metals.
As beforehand talked about, the split-seconds chronograph was impressed by the Solely Watch mannequin of 2017 in a tantalum case. Though it broke the report as F.P. Journe’s most costly watch at public sale (CHF 1.15m), it was trumped 4 years later by the FCC Blue Solely Watch donated by the model for the 2021 version of the public sale bought for CHF 4.5m.
Within the hierarchy of chronograph problems, the rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph is king. Designed to time occasions that begin however don’t finish collectively, the great thing about a split-seconds is having two chronographs in a single watch. Though the superimposed sweep palms provoke their timing in tandem, you may cease one hand to learn an intermediate time, whereas the second hand (the trotteuse or operating hand) continues its course. A second push on the rattrapante pusher makes the stopped hand ‘catch up’ (rattraper) with its companion. For a overview of all of the completely different classes of chronographs, don’t miss this text.
Frosted gold case and bracelet
The spectacular 18k crimson gold case has a diameter of 44mm and an inexpensive top of 12.10mm. It’s not a lot the dimensions that impresses – completely according to sports activities watches as we speak – however the engaging granular ending masking the case and bracelet. Much like the hammered ending employed by Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci on the case of the Royal Oak, the matte frosted surfaces take away the potential bling issue related to a big gold sports activities watch. The polished areas of the case, together with the bevelled caseband, pushers, crown, bezel and bracelet clasp add a refined contact of sunshine. With three positions – 1 for winding, 2 for correction of huge date and three for time setting – the signature Journe garland crown is outsized for simpler manipulation.
In comparison with the Solely Watch mannequin, you’ll see that the case design is radically completely different. The oblong pushers on this gold mannequin are modern, ergonomically formed and discreet. Though it’s known as a monopusher, the watch has two pushers: at 2 o’clock to activate the central chronograph hand (begin, cease and again to zero) and at 4 o’clock to activate the rattrapante hand. Technically, although, it’s a monopusher for the reason that “common” chronograph is actuated by one pusher solely.
The truth that the watch has no lugs emphasises the width, and its comparatively skinny case top provides to its broad, flat character. You can say that the one design characteristic borrowed from the public sale watch is the font used for the tachymetre scale. That includes a shiny black ceramic inlay, the tachymetre scale makes use of golden numbers to match the case. Beneath the bezel and on the caseback, you may see the one black rubber inserts left on the watch are within the type of O-rings or gaskets to seal the house between the 2 surfaces and stop the ingress of liquid or mud.
Because of its extensively spaced and articulated hyperlinks, the 18k crimson gold bracelet with its hammered ending is splendidly versatile and permits air to flow into on the wrist. The rubber bumpers featured in earlier fashions have been eliminated and changed with gold caps secured by valuable metallic screws. To decrease the burden of a gold bracelet, the hyperlinks are hole.
Typical FPJ Dial
The ruthenium-plated silver dial is hallmark F.P. Journe, bristling with textures just like the central guilloché hobnail sample and refined particulars just like the matte 18k crimson gold utilized Arabic numerals. The 2 whitened silver counters – operating seconds at 9 o’clock and half-hour at 3 o’clock – are organized horizontally and embellished with a snailed inside and a crisp black railroad monitor. To differentiate the 2 chronograph palms, one is ivory colored, and the opposite is crimson gold, each with round counterweights and ideas that alight completely on the peripheral minutes monitor. If you happen to see the 2 chronograph palms displayed on the official 10:10 time, they appear to be scissors. The golden hour and minute palms are signature Journe and matte to echo the case. It’s additionally price mentioning that there’s not a hint of lume on the watch.
Other than the refined presence of a rattrapante, the watch stands out with its huge date at 6 o’clock. Referred to by the model as a ‘very massive date‘, its beneficiant proportions (5.20 x 2.80mm) make it a breeze to learn, and the numerals set towards a white background echo the font used for the utilized Arabic hours.
The Calibre 1518
The view of the in-house calibre 1518 made for this chronograph is fairly spectacular. Impressed by the 1517 calibre powering the Solely Watch 2017 rattrapante, the motion was tailored considerably to include the massive date operate, and the chronograph coupling was modified to scale back stutter. As a substitute of the normal horizontal coupling discovered on calibre 1517, the Calibre 1518 depends on an oscillating pinion. Different variations between the 2 actions embrace the structure of the bridges and plates and the extent of finishings that had been way more detailed within the one-off piece for Solely Watch.
The manual-winding column-wheel (x2) chronograph motion is massive and comparatively slim (33.60 x 6.80mm) and occupies the whole thing of the caseback, with luxurious 18k crimson gold bridges and plates. The motion beats at 21,600vph, and the massive mainspring can retailer as much as 80 hours of energy reserve. Though it doesn’t characteristic the mirror-polished finishings of the Calibre 1518, the finishings are refined with round Côtes de Genève on the bridges, round graining on the baseplate, polished screw heads with chamfered slots, pegs with polished rounded ends and straight-grained metal work.
Of the three case supplies accessible, the LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante in crimson gold is by far essentially the most luxurious different. The hammered ending of the case and bracelet tones down the potential posturing and swagger of an enormous crimson gold sports activities watch admirably. Not solely does it look stunning, it feels stunning too. The fantastically crafted bracelet, the discreet pushers, the extraordinary legibility of the dial and the fascinating show of the motion add immense worth to the watch that, surprisingly for a rattrapante, has a 5, not a six-digit price ticket. Honest sufficient, it’s nonetheless some huge cash, however in comparison with different high-end contenders within the elite rattrapante sector, nearly cheap.
Availability and Value
The F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante shouldn’t be a restricted version and retails for USD 82,200. Extra data at F.P.Journe.com.