Hands-On The F. P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical
The first response I had to the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical was disarray – disarray on various levels, including not exactly understanding the reason for the strangely situated tourbillon, and too, disarray regarding why François-Paul had withdrawn rather discernibly from his broadly difficult demand that a watch – a proper watch – ought to be dainty. Unquestionably, the past Tourbillon Souverain watches have all adhered to the program; the standard model is 40mm in width and 9.9mm thick, as opposed to the 42mm x 13.6mm components of the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical. Notwithstanding, incidentally, the thickness is obviously the essential outcome of the development, and that thus is the aftereffect of a shrewd thought – when you comprehend the reasoning behind the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical, you likewise comprehend that the thickness isn’t subjective, which puts the unique for-Journe haul of the watch in another light.
Certainly the watch poses a potential threat to the eye, however in the hand and on the wrist the impression of size is fairly quieted. You don’t get a feeling of mass per se, nonetheless, and I think this is because of the by and large very satisfying game plan of the dial, which plays with lopsidedness without losing its feeling of equilibrium, just as the delightful completing of the uncovered metal surfaces (as Stephen Pulvirent specifies in his Introducing inclusion , where you’ll likewise discover full specs and evaluating, the dial – beside the grand feu enamel sub-dials for the hours and loser seconds – is really the development baseplate). The moderately huge width and thickness effectively create an impression, not of awkward thickness, but instead, of profundity that welcomes the eye to explore.
The sub-dials are executed in grand feu enamel.
The tourbillon rests inside a mirror cleaned gap in the dial.
The 30 second tourbillon is masterminded opposite to the plane of the development, and with the pivot of the equilibrium and confine at right points to the crown. The watch is additionally fitted with a remontoire, which is a consistent power instrument. The motivation behind a remontoire is to give an unvarying measure of force to the equilibrium, to guarantee that the equilibrium plentifulness is consistently ideal (the decrease in equilibrium sufficiency that happens as a fountainhead loosens up can bring about a deficiency of precision).
The gadget does as such by methods for a little, twisting spring, typically mounted on the fourth wheel of the going train, which is rewound at spans by the heart. On account of the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical, the remontoire spring is rewound once each second; this drives the miscreant seconds hand, which propels once each second. Journe alludes to this as a “characteristic” lowlife seconds. There are a few different ways of making a seconds hand tick once each second, some of which can deliver interruptions of exactness; nonetheless, as driving the seconds hand through the re-equipping of the remontoire spring implies the loser seconds is out of the force stream to the equilibrium, this isn’t an issue in the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical.
Lying level, the tourbillon is in a vertical plane.
The direction of the tourbillon, in the two its vertical and flat planes, is planned as a guide to accuracy. During the day, if the watch is on the wrist and your arms are close by (and furthermore when you’re working at a console) the tourbillon will be arranged in the vertical plane. Off the wrist and on your end table, the two likeliest situations are that the watch will be either dial up, if the tie has a pin clasp, or crown up (tense) if the lash has a deployant clasp. Since the tourbillon is opposite to the development plate, and has its hub at right points to the crown, it will stay vertical in both positions.
The watch resting crown up; the tourbillon remains vertically oriented.
This implies that the tourbillon will consistently be in a vertical position, and hence, the equilibrium will waver at the single normal rate a tourbillon makes in the vertical situations, without the rate being changed by any expected confuse between the rate in the vertical positions and the rate in the level positions. Obviously, the tourbillon won’t be consummately vertically situated consistently; contingent upon your developments it will be incidentally dislodged from the vertical plane sometimes. Notwithstanding, it will when all is said in done be in the vertical plane, or if nothing else a nearby guess to it. You’ll take note of that if the tourbillon had been distinctively orchestrated – if, for example, the hub of the carriage were lined up with the crown rather than at right points to it – it would not be in the vertical plane with the watch laying nervous (crown up).
The development completing is astounding – Journe has commonly given his developments a brilliant practical and embellishing finish yet has would in general maintain a strategic distance from the more clear fireworks displayed by some different companies that contribute a lot of time and exertion in delivering a gem like completion on their developments. The type 1519, in any case, is fairly more unashamedly obvious in its magnificence; the differentiation of the relative multitude of dark cleaned steel components with the gold development plate and the profound violet of the train wheel rubies, is to some degree suggestive of high-grade English pocket watches, with their overlaid plates, and very stupendous. The tourbillon is settled in a concavity that has been brought to a splendid mirror clean, the better to help the eye in respecting the development of the carriage.
Journe’s first Tourbillon Souverain was made in 1999, and following twenty years, it is maybe the Journe observe most emphatically related to the company and with the man (in spite of the fact that there’s a case to be made that the Resonance is in any event as famous). They have, nonetheless, consistently had actual measurements that mirror Journe’s conviction that a watch ought to address an exceptionally French ideal: Thinner is better, and a watch can’t have genuine tastefulness on the off chance that it is too thick.
However, this isn’t a watch that is thick a result of want to make a specific visuals; the elements of the watch aren’t driven by configuration separated from work. The watch has the size, and especially the thickness, that it has on the grounds that it actualizes a somewhat splendidly basic thought – one which appears to be looking back so clear that you can’t help thinking about why nobody considered it previously, until you understand that it removes a considerable amount more from the-container inventiveness than you ordinarily find in the fairly traditionalist and steady specialty of watchmaking. The way that the actual elements of the watch are truly natural to that thought, and hence so straightforwardly associated with the set of experiences and usefulness of the tourbillon, makes those measurements not a prevention to appreciating the watch, yet rather a festival of resourcefulness and insight.
The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical additionally makes me can’t help thinking about what may lie ahead – particularly as the Tourbillon Souverain will now at this point don’t be delivered. In the event that Journe, as he obviously is, is available to the possibility of a watch of more liberal size should that size be in the help of usefulness, it’s conceivable he might be, in years to come, more open to the idea of making bigger watches that help complications he hasn’t yet explored. Meanwhile, he has, for the twentieth commemoration of the Tourbillon Souverain family, accomplished something generally troublesome – he’s made a truly unique interpretation of the tourbillon.
Update: F. P. Journe has affirmed that the Tourbillon Souverain will presently don’t be created, and will be supplanted by the Tourbillon Souverain Vertical.
For more on the watchmaking of François-Paul Journe and the Tourbillon Souverain family, visit FPJourne.com.