Fifty years ago, in 1964, guided by a visionary spirit and political courage, General de Gaulle and President Mao Tse Tung opened the way for exchanges between China and France. France thus became the first major Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing. This gesture, coming during the Cold War, was a strong and courageous move on the part of a future world power that was becoming a force to be reckoned with internationally.
With over 30 years of savoir-faire and creativity, F.P. Journe is the Official Watchmaker of France-China 50 to represent excellence in the field of haute horology. Patron of the event, F.P.Journe has designed the commemorative watches that will be presented during the different events of France-China 50. Leader among the most prestigious horological firms, F.P.Journe has opened an exclusive network of 10 Boutiques over the world, including one rue du Faubourg St Honoré in Paris, next to the Elysée Palace, and 2 Boutiques in China since 2006, in Hong Kong’s Landmark Prince’s Building and one in Beijing’s China World Mall.
The men’s Commemorative Watch Octa Automatique Lune
The Platinum case features a novel blue dial dedicated for this event with gold arabic numerals, hours minutes, small seconds, phases of the moon, an exceptional power reserve of over 120 hours, a large date and the F.P.Journe and France-China 50 logos.
The mechanical movement with automatic winding in 18K rose Gold beating to a frequency of 21,600v/h is visible through the transparent sapphire back. The unidirectional off centre F.P.Journe rotor in 22K rose Gold includes a self-locking ball bearing system. Each infinitesimal movement is thus exploited for an optimized winding of the watch.
The ladies’ Commemorative Watch « Elégante » with Jade dial
Unique model, the Platinum case is set with a row of diamonds and unveils a dedicated translucent Jade dial especially made in homage to China and allowing to see the mechanical parts of the movement.
F.P.Journe has conceived a revolutionary horological concept exclusively for Ladies, combining feminity, elegance and precision. It offers the comfort of use and the performances of an electro-mechanical watch assuring an autonomy of 10 years when worn, and up to 18 years in standby mode.
The mechanical motion detector allows the time to be stopped and started again. When not worn, the watch stops after about 30 minutes. When the « Elégante » is again worn, it automatically sets itself to the correct time taking the shortest path for the purpose of energy conservation.