Centigraph Souverain

Centigraph Souverain by FP Journe

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Published by 3807 on December 22th, 2008 at 04:41 p.m..

Centigraph Souverain


François-Paul Journe’s spectacular new watch, the Centigraphe Souverain, is a mechanical chronograph unlike any other that has ever been made before.

The hand-wound mechanical movement of the Centigraphe indicates elapsed times from a 100th of a second to 10 minutes, visible on 3 dials, each with a time scale in red and a tachometer scale in black. The tachometer scales convert time units for 1 kilometre into speeds ranging from 6 km/h —walking pace — to 36,000 km/h, well above the escape velocity of a rocket going into lowlevel orbit.

The indications The 100th of a second hand revolves around the dial in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second. Theoretically it is possible to time an object moving at 36,000 km/h with the tachometer on the watch face, on which 36’000 is facing the 10 on the 100th of a second scale. On the dial at 2 o’clock, the hand revolves once every 20 seconds on a time scale divided into seconds.

CENTIGRAPHE - Technical Specifications
Movement Control
Calibre 1506 Rocker arm to start, stop and
Manual winding zero the chronograph
Movement in 18K rose gold Three-position winding crown
50 jewels Position 0, disengaged
Position 1, winding
Dimensions of the Movement Position 2, time-setting
Overall diameter: 34.40mm
Casing-up diameter: 34.00mm Number of Parts
Overall height: 5.60mm Movement without dial 284
Height of hands: 1.45mm Cased up with strap 324
Height of winding stem: 2.69mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20mm
Free-sprung balance
Four adjustable inertia weights
Anachron balance spring
Mobile stud holders
Pinned GE stud
Spring pinned to the collet
Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 320°
24h dial up: > 280°
In-line lever escapement
15-tooth escape wheel
Central hours and minutes
One-second chronograph: hand at 10 o’clock
20-seconds chronograph: hand at 2 o’clock
10-minutes chronograph: hand at 6 o’clock
Separate chronograph train driven by directly from the mainspring
1/100th second readout
Power Reserve
100 hours with the chronograph stopped
24 hours with the chronograph running
Circular stripes on the bridges
Circular graining on the baseplate
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Straight-grained steel work
Platinum or 18K rose gold
Diameter: 40.00mm
Total height: 10.70mm

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