F. P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain
For this extraordinary chronograph F. P. Journe in 2008 received at the renowned Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève the grand prize "Golden Hand" (having already two years earlier received the same high award for his model Sonnerie Souveraine).
Journe says, to create such a new chronograph, first of all he had to forget everything he previously knew about chronographs. For the new development he was then inspired by Jean Todt, who had played a key role in the Formula 1 world at Ferrari. The main challenge was the ability to precisely measure up to the 100ths of a second - just like car racing. From this task also resulted the logical name of the watch: Centigraph. Furthermore, this led to the special design of the dial, which gives the stop time a correspondingly high priority.
Each of the three counter scales has a red scaling for the measured time and a black tachymeter scale displaying speed. The 1 seconds counter at 10 o'clock performs a rotation in one second and by the scale marking enables an accurate measurement by one 100ths of a second.
Instead of the usual two chronograph pushers there is a pusher at 2 o'clock, which combines all the necessary functions in it. This invention was patented. Another patent was granted an invention of the plant in such a way separates the function of the Chronograph that no retroactive effect of the stop function on the regular accuracy occurs.
F. P. Journe donates 30% from each sale of this model to the charitable foundation ICM in Paris (Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Research).