If you’ve never been to visit François-Paul Journe ‘s atelier in the core of Geneva, presently would be an excellent chance to do so.
Aside from the bewildering watches you will probably experience on display, illuminated by tremendous cove windows permitting the space to wash in common light, there are an incredible number of other intriguing items a fan of good watchmaking shouldn’t miss.
One of them smacks you in the face when you stroll through the entryway: a dumbfounding nine-foot-tall galactic clock made by Constantin Louis Detouche , which won a gold decoration in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle (International Exhibition) of Paris.
Journe has said that it took over a decade to gain the clock, while the Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds needed an additional three years to fully reestablish it to its former magnificence. It displays the days, weeks, months, and year just as the path of the climbing sun among a plethora of signs and displays.
The F. P. Journe atelier was a gas lamp factory in former days, and its broad regular light enlightens the decorative roof frescoes, which are replicas of designs tracing all the way back to 1550 depicting the operations of an astrolabe that once graced the abode of cosmologist Apianus . As one’s look gets across the roof, it perpetually comes to lay on the dark Baccarat chandelier arising out of between the frescoes simply over the Detouche clock (yet not noticeable in the photo above).
And the eyewitness is by and by shocked back to the truth of modern-day Geneva.
Now something else memorable comes Journe’s direction: almost 1,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and indexes once having a place with the broad horological library of departed chronicled expert and close confidante Jean-Claude Sabrier.
Sabrier passed away at 76 years old in November 2014. A Swiss horological expert and recognized antiquarian, Sabrier had amassed a strongly detailed horological information (and library) during a period in time when such expertise was practically non-existent.
Sabrier and Journe first met around 40 years prior in Paris.
The two men shared various specialized interests inside the universe of horology. In fact, the 2006 book Steel Time Sabrier co-composed with Georges Rigot features to an assortment of 220 gunmetal pocket watches, some of which Sabrier had gathered or was associated with watching out. At the point when the broad book was delivered, not coincidentally in the exact year that Journe officially presented his stainless steel-encased Sonnerie Souveraine (see The Sonnerie Souveraine By F.P. Journe: A Legend In Its Own Time ), an extraordinary dominant part of these watches were additionally put on display in the Journe workshop – at pretty much a similar place the books now reside.
Sabrier got a Gaïa Award in 1977 for his own commitments to authentic examination in horology and later turned into a jury individual from the prestigious MIH-coordinated prize.
Sabrier and Journe were limited by a profound friendship, so much is self-evident. For this explanation, when Sabrier’s library comprising a broad assortment of composed horological masterpieces, sell off indexes, and uncommon authentic letters and exercise manual excerpts, went up for closeout on June 15, 2015 in Paris, Journe obtained every one of the 273 parts (very nearly 1,000 books altogether) for a price of 760,000 Swiss francs.
Putting his incredible respect for Sabrier out on display for all to see, Journe currently perpetuates his memory by showing the chronicled library halfway in his workshop’s presentation space inside a specially assembled set of wooden bookshelves.
A declaration to the depth, degree, and pertinence of Sabrier’s exploration on the lives and accomplishments of the world’s most prominent expert watchmakers, the library contains certifiable fortune composed by greats from the historical backdrop of horology, for example, Ferdinand Berthoud, Pierre Le Roy, Antide Janvier, Abraham Louis Breguet, and Thomas Mudge among others.
It is unquestionably difficult to fully appreciate the degree of this impressive assortment just by finding out about it. Do make it a point to visit F.P. Journe’s beautiful workshop in Geneva and see it for yourself.