F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain

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F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain

Designed for Ferrari’s boss Jean Todt, this unique timepiece is the most important and historically significant Centigraphe ever built.

Back in 2008, François-Paul Journe met Jean Todt thought the ICM foundation. During the course of their conversations, they discussed the ideal chronograph for the world of car racing.

Journe created an unprecedented hand-wound mechanical movement that was the first in the world equipped to measure elapsed times from a 100th of a second to ten minutes.

F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain
F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain.

The hand of the dial at 2 o’clock makes a tour in 20 seconds. The hand of the dial at 6 o’clock, in 10 minutes. The hand of the dial at 10 o’clock makes a turn in one second on a scale marked in hundredths ot a second, allowing in theory to time an object moving at 360,000km/h, or approximately 1/3000ths of the speed of light.

The 40mm case is equipped with a patented reset button at 2 o’clock which can be rocked back and forth to make the chronograph start, stop or return to zero.

F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain
F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain.

Power reserve is up to 100 hours when the chronograph is idle and up to 24 hours when the chronograph is being operated continuously.

The first 3 units produced with a dial in Ferrari red went to Jean Todt, the Kaiser Michael Schumacher and the first one, numbered 1/3, was kept by its creator himself, François-Paul Journe. In 2022, this first unit was sold by Christie’s for CHF 31,877,418 (USD 34,367,012 – EUR32,302,662).

The Centigraphe was in production between 2008 and 2018 with dials and sub-dials in different colors and styles.