F.P. Journe retires 38mm cases with boxed set

For most people the chance to own just one watch from F.P. Journe would be a dream come true, but the master independent watchmaker is now offering buyers the chance to buy five at once.

Francois-Paul Journe is producing 38 boxed-sets containing the last examples of his watches being produced with 38mm steel cases.

In 1991 Journe unveiled his first wristwatch at Baselworld, a platinum 38mm tourbillon which needed a larger case to accommodate its Remontoir d’Egalite constant force mechanism. At the time luxury watches rarely exceeded 36mm.

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But after 25 years in use Journe is retiring the 38mm case size, allowing it to go out with a bang with a boxed-set containing a Tourbillon Souverain, Chronomètre à Résonance, Octa Automatique, Octa Calendrier Annuel and Chronomètre Souverain.

Only 38 sets will be produced, priced at CHF 290,000 (£196,400).

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