Piaget grande sonnerie

François-Paul Journe x Piaget: A Moment In Watch History (Archive)

In 1995, Piaget was part of the Vendôme group that would later become Richemont. Piaget entered the highest end of the watch market by releasing a grande sonnerie wristwatch, which was developed by François-Paul Journe. At the time, Journe was a freelance movement designer and hadn’t officially founded F.P. Journe yet.

Color and light: F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain shot with the Hasselblad X1D

Behind The Lens: The F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain (Archive)

As part of my “enthusiast collector” role here at Quill & Pad I will be taking a look at watches that strike my fancy, and sharing the visual results with you along with a few observations on photography, the watches themselves, and the collectors who own them.
Let’s get started, shall we? Our subject for this episode: the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain with remontoir d’égalité.

F.A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award winner Timothé Raguin presented this watch with independent jumping seconds

Motivation To Achieve: F.P. Journe-FHH Young Talent Competition, The F.A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award And Fantastic Watchmaking

At SIHH 2018, two competitions highlighted creative young watchmakers: one by F.P. Journe in collaboration with the FHH and one from A. Lange & Söhne. Each of these competitions has a specific focus, but both are aimed at giving young watchmakers an opportunity to find the spotlight for their talents. Judging by the finalists, there is plenty of creativity to keep mechanical watchmaking alive for the next generation.

Andreas Strehler Lune Exacte

The 8 Most Accurate Moon Phase Wristwatches (Archive)

Waxing poetically about moon phases has gotten me excited enough to take a trip through certain “phases” of engineering excellence . Here we bring you the eight most accurate moon phases currently fitted into a wristwatch. Join us on this odyssey through space and time.

Beat Haldimann H2 Flying Resonance

Understanding Resonance, Featuring The F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance, Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance, And Haldimann H2 Flying Resonance

Resonance. No, it is not a Tesla-themed Evanescence cover band. Resonance is a physics principle that, to be honest, most people will never need to know to go about their daily lives. So what is all the hubbub about resonance? It’s a word that is, even in the watch world, so mysterious and rare that it is heard only once or twice a decade. In this article Joshua Munchow explains how resonance works and why it matters.

Tasty tray: an assortment of vintage Patek Philippe delights at Phillips, with the author’s Reference 1526 third from left

You Are There: Only Watch 2017 And Geneva Auction Weekend With Patek Philippe

On the weekend of November 11, 2017, it was once again time for Only Watch, the charity auction to fund muscular dystrophy research conducted under the sponsorship of His Serene Highness Albert II of Monaco. And, as in 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to join the Stern family and Patek Philippe team for the events of the weekend.

Patek Philippe Beta 21 and advertisment (photo courtesy Atom Moore and Christie's)

Quartz: Past, Present, But No Future?

Nothing can stir up the watch world these days quite as much the launch of a new Apple watch. For some it’s a must-have gadget, for others it just isn’t a real watch. But perhaps quartz watches face more competition from smartwatches than mechanical watches. Does quartz even have a real future?

Longines Heritage Aviation over Day and the Dawnstar by Herbert James Draper (image courtesy @thehealer74)

What Makes Up The Soul Of A Watch: A Contemplation (And You Will Not Want To Miss The Imagery!)

Why watches? Ask what makes a watch enthusiast tick and the idea of the “soul” of a watch might well feature in the response – the idea that something elevates the watch from a cold object of engineering to something of greater import. Here Ryan tracks “soul” down and gets contemplative on its nature along with some very special imagery.

Ludwig Oechslin and François-Paul Journe

Watchmakers François-Paul Journe And Ludwig Oechslin Awarded Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie (FHH) 2016 Prizes For Homage To ‘Passion’ And ‘Talent’

In its brief existence, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) awards in homage to passion and talent have already managed to reward some of the greatest personalities in the world of watches for their “passion” and “talent.” In 2016, the awards deservedly went to Ludwig Oechslin and François-Paul Journe.

F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire

F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire: A “Rolling” Anniversary Piece

F.P. Journe is celebrating a big one: the tenth anniversary of all of the boutiques with the rolling release of the Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire. Read on to find out what is so special about this chronograph with displays able to measure 1/100th of a second and what’s different on the anniversary edition. Also find out what a rolling release is.