At first glance, the ‘Chronomètre Souverain’, or the ‘CS’ as it has come to be known by the F.P. Journe faithful, is among the simplest watches the brand makes. Why, then, can one argue that this watch is quintessentially Journe? And perhaps that it is as important and iconic as the brand’s ‘Tourbillon’ and ‘Resonance’?
The ‘CS’ is the basis for many important collaborations and limited pieces by the brand including the Tokyo edition and the Dubai edition, to name a few. The dial of the ‘CS’ is unmistakably Journe with its distinct Arabic numerals, asymmetric positioning of the small seconds and the power reserve, and signature ‘Journe hands’. Despite being among the entry level options for a brand, it has a remarkably complex manually wound movement while the dial layout and iconic typography is everything one wants in a Journe watch.