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    Charity Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    I need to talk about this.
    I mean, look at it.



    That Tantalum case....
    And here's the 18K movement:




    Does anyone share my obsession with this timepiece? Is there even another watch to look at in this price range?
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    I also think it is an amazing-looking watch. The Tantalum case is perfect. Journe is a true artist.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    Yeah, beautiful, though given a choice I'd go Souverain. Prefer the CS blued hands vs the white on the Bleu. Wouldn't "kick it out of bed on a warm nite" though . . .
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    The watch case is a bit boring for my taste, but the movement is gorgeous! That 18k gold just speaks to me...
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    I was playing with this exact watch just the other day and it was gorgeous. Much better than in the photos. But yeah, that movement is the real stunner.

    The blue dial is extremely intense. It's one of the brightest blues I've ever seen on a watch dial.

    If you can't afford that one (I can't), the next best thing I've seen is probably the Nomos Zurich Blaugold.



    It's actually a pretty similar watch in many respects....thin, hand wound, sub seconds, of course it costs only a fraction of the Journe as well. Great looking movement too, although almost nothing can compete with the Journe in that category.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    I was playing with this exact watch just the other day and it was gorgeous. Much better than in the photos. But yeah, that movement is the real stunner.

    The blue dial is extremely intense. It's one of the brightest blues I've ever seen on a watch dial.

    If you can't afford that one (I can't), the next best thing I've seen is probably the Nomos Zurich Blaugold.



    It's actually a pretty similar watch in many respects....thin, hand wound, sub seconds, of course it costs only a fraction of the Journe as well. Great looking movement too, although almost nothing can compete with the Journe in that category.
    Whilst that's a nice watch (and thanks for sharing), for me the draw with the Journe is the harmony between the tantalum case, the blue dial and the movement. Somehow it manages to be absolutely stunning and interesting as well as unique feeling/looking, all at the same time. The Nomos, while beautiful in its own right, looks more like a watch that is familiar, except that it has a blue face. The Journe looks like a watch that was designed to be exactly as it is, in that shade of blue, with that case and those cream indicies/hands.

    And of course there is no such thing as the perfect watch. Two things bother me about the Journe;
    1. Heirloom-ity; I have doubts about long-term ownership. Will Journe be around in 40 years? Will parts for this watch exist and, more importantly, will the next owner (someone with the same last name as me) be able to get it serviced and running for years to come?
    2. How robust/durable is a movement made of 18K Gold? It it trivial - a great concept, yet not practical - or is this movement going to outlast me?

    Besides those niggling doubts, I just love this watch: The romantic vintage vibe (unlike Nomos), the case crown design, the hand-wound caliber with twin barrels, the finish of the movement itself and the use of Tantalum with this dial - it's just about perfectly executed.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    There's no doubt it's a better watch (it had better be lol, for 5 times the price). Have you had a chance to play with that Journe in real life yet? Really mesmerizing.

    Wouldn't worry too much about the parts. In 20+ years when that becomes an issue you'll just print whatever part you need.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    In my view, The FP Journe Chronometre Bleu watch having awesome look. I love it very much. And the Tantalum case is perfect fit.

    Thanks for share.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    I know what you mean, it is a truly amazing watch, and the movement and dial are simply sublime. It's my favorite Journe, and it doesn't hurt that it's also the most affordable model.
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    Re: Anyone else crazy about the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu?

    It's much blue than in the picture PO posted, a gorgeous timepiece, probably the most inexpensive FPJ out there.
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