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I need to talk about this.
I mean, look at it.



That Tantalum case.... :p
And here's the 18K movement:




Does anyone share my obsession with this timepiece? Is there even another watch to look at in this price range? :-s
 

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Yeah, beautiful, though given a choice I'd go Souverain. Prefer the CS blued hands vs the white on the Bleu. Wouldn't "kick it out of bed on a warm nite" though . . .
 

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I was playing with this exact watch just the other day and it was gorgeous. Much better than in the photos. But yeah, that movement is the real stunner.

The blue dial is extremely intense. It's one of the brightest blues I've ever seen on a watch dial.

If you can't afford that one (I can't), the next best thing I've seen is probably the Nomos Zurich Blaugold.



It's actually a pretty similar watch in many respects....thin, hand wound, sub seconds, of course it costs only a fraction of the Journe as well. Great looking movement too, although almost nothing can compete with the Journe in that category.
 

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I was playing with this exact watch just the other day and it was gorgeous. Much better than in the photos. But yeah, that movement is the real stunner.

The blue dial is extremely intense. It's one of the brightest blues I've ever seen on a watch dial.

If you can't afford that one (I can't), the next best thing I've seen is probably the Nomos Zurich Blaugold.



It's actually a pretty similar watch in many respects....thin, hand wound, sub seconds, of course it costs only a fraction of the Journe as well. Great looking movement too, although almost nothing can compete with the Journe in that category.
Whilst that's a nice watch (and thanks for sharing), for me the draw with the Journe is the harmony between the tantalum case, the blue dial and the movement. Somehow it manages to be absolutely stunning and interesting as well as unique feeling/looking, all at the same time. The Nomos, while beautiful in its own right, looks more like a watch that is familiar, except that it has a blue face. The Journe looks like a watch that was designed to be exactly as it is, in that shade of blue, with that case and those cream indicies/hands.

And of course there is no such thing as the perfect watch. Two things bother me about the Journe;
1. Heirloom-ity; I have doubts about long-term ownership. Will Journe be around in 40 years? Will parts for this watch exist and, more importantly, will the next owner (someone with the same last name as me) be able to get it serviced and running for years to come?
2. How robust/durable is a movement made of 18K Gold? It it trivial - a great concept, yet not practical - or is this movement going to outlast me?

Besides those niggling doubts, I just love this watch: The romantic vintage vibe (unlike Nomos), the case crown design, the hand-wound caliber with twin barrels, the finish of the movement itself and the use of Tantalum with this dial - it's just about perfectly executed.
 

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There's no doubt it's a better watch (it had better be lol, for 5 times the price). Have you had a chance to play with that Journe in real life yet? Really mesmerizing.

Wouldn't worry too much about the parts. In 20+ years when that becomes an issue you'll just print whatever part you need.
 

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I know what you mean, it is a truly amazing watch, and the movement and dial are simply sublime. It's my favorite Journe, and it doesn't hurt that it's also the most affordable model.
 

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I do now. That's a really beautiful watch. Love the hands. Love the purple-ish blue color even more. The world needs more purple.

Here's a pic I found that makes the purple a little more apparent, at least on my screen. I want one!!

 

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Pass on that, do not like the numerals layout, the 6 is a second 9, that alone would bother me.
 

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Very, very nice but the Arabic numerals kill it for me.
 

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Frankly, this watch is in the "sweet spot" for high-end pieces. There are literally hundreds of choices and almost none are particularly bad

Here are some in that range that you may want to look at. I happen to like them quite a bit. In order of watch preference, here are my thoughts:

  • Arnold and Son - The royal blue color on the A&S is incredibly rich, not only in hue, but also in it's variation. Of what's below, I think it the standout piece for style, detail, and craftsmanship. The lacquered guilloche's shimmer catches light so as to give one a range of complimenting blues, depending on the angle of the light source. I also love how A&S has leveraged the complementary color combination of blue and orange. Not many folks are good at mixing color-wheel opposites of differing intensities and finding a harmony that is bold but not brash. (Think of the Incredible Hulk -- complementary colors, but brashly combined, albeit deliberately so.)

    That said, it's quite likely among the harder ones to haggle the price down with ADs due to it's lack of broad distribution. It's a watch made by cutting no corners. The calibre is rhodium (Rh) plated, which surprisingly is currently the most dear metal around, followed closely by Pt, though admittedly the market price flexes and they flip back and forth a bit. If you are keen for any watch using Rh, sooner not later is a better time to buy because the demand for Rh due to its use in catalytic converters and the rapid uptick in automobile demand driven by China's growing middle and upper classes. (If ever one needs illustrations of the impact of the law of big numbers, China is the place to look - 1% of 1.6 billion is still 16 million. There are at least 6 cities there having a population of ~16M+. You do the math)

  • Blancpain - An altogether incredibly beautiful piece. Super elegant and a fantastic hue again. I don't know what year this watch was issued so I don't know what's inside it. I have no reservations about what's inside for the piece is just that damn fine looking.


  • Glashutte Original -- The GO has that deep blue color I love on the FPJ. Perhaps a bit staid, as it's depiction with a blue pinstripe suit would suggest, but the blue is just fantastic and a tick deeper as is that of the FPJ. Both the FPJ and the GO seem to be suit watches to me. The B-pain seems a tuxedo watch.


  • Cartier - I can't fault the look and I can't fault what I suspect is the JLC calibre inside. I think it gorgeous, but in this crowd, its looks strike me as common. In all fairness, that could be nothing more than contempt bred from familiarity.


  • Piaget is my personal brand favorite, but among these blue watches, it's not my pick. I think it beautiful, but not more so than others. It's calibre is right up there with PP and AP, but then so is A&S' and I like that piece better.



GO (~$7000)



Cartier Blue Balloon ($20K - $35K) - I would imagine this watch uses a movement made by JLC, but that's speculation based on the fact that I know that to be true for the chrono version.



Arnold and Son - ($10K - $45K depending on the version) (Manufacture and very highly regarded and not often seen outside the cognoscenti. Arnold & Son HMS1)






Piaget - (~$25K) (Manufacture (highly thought of), ultra thin, white gold, numbered, limited edition. Dial is lapis lazuli, so the pattern may or may not mirror what you see in the pic. The relative proportion of blue vs other colors/specks will be the same, however.





Blancpain - $ (something around $10K I would expect if stainless steel.)

 
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