Equilibrium clock by Tyler John Davies, winner of the 2019 F. P. Journe Young Talent competition

F.P. Journe Young Talent Competition 2019 Winner Tyler John Davies Shows His Equilibrium

The F.P. Journe Young Talent Competition highlights the extraordinary work that young watchmakers can do while simultaneously giving those same watchmakers a chance to get their work in front of some very respected names in today’s industry. Meet the 2019 winner, Tyler John Davies, and his Equilibrium clock.

F.P. Journe Parfum d'Ambiance

F.P. Journe: The Scent Of Success

As we might expect from F.P. Journe, the parfum d’ambiance created for use in its boutiques is a thing of beauty: a clever compilation of light floral notes on a woody, cedar base. It is the base that provides its longevity, while the floral notes tone it down. The result is a contemporary composition brightening up the room and working effectively in light doses as a great interior perfume should. But why should we care?

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical wristshot

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical: An Upright Shift To The Future

The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical now replaces the iconic Tourbillon Souverain in F.P. Journe’s standing collection, even though it is an entirely different take on tourbillon movement architecture, one that seeks to return to the days of Breguet with a vertically oriented tourbillon placed perpendicular to the movement.

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.

Independent art: Tourbillon Souverain from F.P. Journe

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: The 2018 F.P. Journe-FHH Young Talent Competition And 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?