The lineSport Collection broadens with the new Centigraphe, available in 3 versions: one in titanium grade 5, one in 18k 6n gold and one in platinum pt950.
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 black and red.
The case of 44 mm diameter and 11 mm thick with bezel inlaid with ceramic encloses the manual winding 1506 movement made in aluminium alloy for the titanium version and in 18k rose gold for the 18k 6n gold and platinum versions.
The 3 versions have different dials:
– For the titanium model, a dial in aluminium alloy of yellow or anthracite colour with luminescent applied numerals, seconds counter in white sapphire and luminescent hours and minutes hands. With an extreme lightness and in absolute comfort, this watch in its totality only weighs around 81 grams.
– For the 6n gold model, a silver guilloche dial covered with ruthenium and appliques numerals in matte 6n gold, seconds counter in whitened silver and matte 5n golden hands.
– For the platinum model, a blue-mauve colour silver guilloche dial with appliques numerals in matte white gold, seconds counter in whitened silver and matte rhodied hands.
The precious metal bracelets are assorted to their respective case. Two new bracelets in 18k 6n gold and platinum with matte hammered finishing have been developed. The links attached to the case are also articulated to adapt to the different wrist sizes with an adjustable folding clasp in length of approximately 5 mm.
The 100th of a second hand revolves around the dial in one second on a scale marked in hundredths of a second.
On the dial at 2 o’clock, the hand revolves once every 20 seconds on a time scale divided into seconds.
The third dial, at 6 o’clock is graduated for 10 minutes.
Patented ergonomic chronograph.
The chronograph is started, stopped and zeroed by a rocker at 2 o’clock in the case band, instead of the usual buttons on either side of the crown. This ergonomic design, perfectly fitted to the wristwatch, is patented.
Patented chronograph mechanism.
A second patent was granted for the mechanism’s ingenious configuration, which effectively isolates the chronograph from the timekeeping function. This means the balance amplitude is unaffected when the chronograph is running. The hands of the 100th of a second and the 20 seconds counters are driven by 2 different wheel trains, themselves driven by the centre of the mainspring (patented). Another separate train of wheels, also driven by the barrel arbor, drives the 10 minutes hand.
1/100th second recorder hand.
The 100th of a second’s hand, released by the watch’s escapement, makes one revolution of the dial per second. A wheel mounted on the escape wheel (4th wheel of the going train) releases the arbor to which the hand is fitted. The seconds are driven by the going train from the barrel, and by the energy of the chronograph train, as transmitted by the barrel arbor. One ingenious feature of the 100th of a second is that it may be stopped anywhere along its one-second journey around its dial, even between two 100th-second divisions, enabling a fractional reading. This is achieved by vertically disengaging the pinion of the 100th of a second hand from that of the escapement, which presses on the pivot shank and acts as a brake.
Return to zero.
The 20-seconds hand and the 10-minutes hand arbors are zeroed by hammer levers acting on snail cams. The 100th of a second hand is stopped at zero by a beak protruding from its pinion, which presses on a lever and thus blocks the chronograph train.
Maintaining power and power reserve.
The barrel features a maintaining power system in order to ensure that the driving force does not decrease during winding.
The mainspring supplies at least 100 hours of power reserve without the chronograph, and 24 hours with the chronograph running.
The Centigraphe contributes to the medical research of the ICM.
Godfather of the Centigraphe Souverain, Jean Todt remains the initiator of F.P.Journe’s engagement towards the ICM – Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord in Paris – to help fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple Sclerosis.
In purchasing the Centigraphe, you are also supporting the medical research carried out by the ICM. Along with professor Gérard Saillant, Luc Besson, Jean Réno, Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Michael Schumacher, amongst others, François-Paul Journe has committed to the ICM in donating 30% of the profits from the sale of each Centigraphe to the ICM, with no limit in time.
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