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F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

At SIHH 2018 earlier this year, F.P. Journe unveiled a new sports watch called the F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante. It’s notable for a number of reasons. F.P. Journe doesn’t regularly come up with sports watches and this is a pretty interesting one with a highly complicated movement. The second is that it is based on the Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph that was auctioned off at Only Watch for 1.15 million Swiss Francs. Let’s take a closer look at it now.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

The new LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante comes in a 44mm wide case. That’s large for an F.P. Journe watch but entirely fitting since this is a sports watch. Thickness is just 12mm, which isn’t too bad. On the wrist, the F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante wears comfortably and has good wrist presence. Three versions are available; there’s platinum, red gold, and titanium. The platinum model will come with a blue-mauve silver dial, while the red gold model will come with a ruthenium-plated silver dial, and finally, the titanium model will come with an anthracite dial made out of aluminum alloy.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

The case is well constructed and finished. There are two low-profile pushers in matching metals at 2 and 4 o’clock. The former starts, stops, and resets the chronograph while the latter activates the split-seconds function. Rubber inserts are used around the watch to add a dash of sportiness, and I can see this being a point of contention for many people. The crown is rubber coated and the links of the bracelet are lined with rubber. Personally, I’m not a fan of rubber accented watches and I think the rubber accented bracelet is a bit much. That said, the dial is really attractive.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

There are subtle differences between the various models, but all three versions of Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante watch will have ceramic inserts for the tachymeter scale. Additionally, the tachymeter scale also uses the same font as the Only Watch Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph. Dial configuration is identical for all three models with the running seconds at 9 o’clock and 30-minute chronograph register at 3 o’clock. At 6 o’clock, you have an oversized date display.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

The titanium model has the sportiest dial. The dial has a slate color made out of aluminum alloy. But what’s really unique are its two sub-dials because they are made out of sapphire discs and have striking red hands. The oversized date display also uses bright red fonts. Finally, the iconic Journe-style hands are filled with Super-LumiNova.

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F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

The platinum and red gold models have dials that are more classic and elegant. The center of the dial features guilloche and the two sub-dials are in more traditional silver to provide contrast and improve legibility. The hands and indices are made out of precious metals. In the platinum model, the applied hour indices and hour and minute hands are white gold, whereas the red gold model uses red gold for the applied hour indices and hour and minute hands. There’s no Super-LumiNova for the hands on these two models.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

The Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante features a sapphire display caseback and it is a joy to be able to marvel at the movement within. The caliber 1518 is based on the movement found in the Only Watch Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph but with substantial changes to accommodate the oversized date display. It is a hand-wound movement and has a power reserve of 80 hours. Like the movement found in the Only Watch Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph, the caliber 1518 also uses a direct gearing with a rocking pinion to reduce stutter when the chronograph is activated.

Although the movement in all three models is the same, different materials are used. The titanium model’s movement has aluminum plates and bridges, whereas the red gold and platinum models have 18k red gold bridges and plates. Regardless, the movements in all three models are finished to extremely high standards with hand beveled bridges, polished arms and screw heads, graining, Côtes de Genève, and perlage.

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

F.P. Journe LineSport Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante Hands-On Hands-On

Though the movement within is based on the Only Watch Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph, substantial changes have been made. Journe has said that the Only Watch Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph would be unique and he has shown that he is a man of his word. That said, it is clear that these new Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante watches pay homage to that very special watch. The F.P. Journe Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante watch is priced at 58,000 CHF in titanium, 78,000 CHF in red gold, and 106,000 CHF in platinum. fpjourne.com

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  • Joe

    The one in Titanium one is the only one with a decent length minute hand?
    Very nice movement to look at but with the rubber and all, a miss for me.

    I could imagine taking the bracelet off and having it as a nice pocket watch though 🙂

  • Bambang Hartono

    Why he made this model?
    cmiiw, he used to said date complication on chronograph effect the accuracy…

  • Damn those are ugly watches. I was going to say I can’t remember when I saw a watch I liked less, then I remembered – it was another even uglier FPJ watch. But seriously, at least the hour numbers are all the same size in this one. Ugly, ugly font – especially for a sports watch. Check out the 200 on the tachymeter scale where the zeroes overlap each other. The layer difference between the date numerals is SO apparent. Rubber anything on a watch is bad as it ages and I shudder to think of the time and expense involved in getting rubber parts 10 years from now for these watches. And why are the screws which hold down the register bezels in non-symmetric locations? And why no lume – it is a sports watch, right? OK, end of rant.

    As usual gorgeous movement. I would wear this watch, but only with the movement side up. The clos du paris portion of the dial is nice (see I can say something nice about the dial side of an FPJ watch).

    • hatster

      …not so much a rant, more a one-sided debate….? Actually I have to say, the the layer difference between the date numerals on a watch at this price point is a little disturbing and the entire tachymeter scale looks like it was hand written.

    • Jon Heinz

      If the register bezel screws bug ya, check out the screws that hold the caseback on. Although that was done to avoid those two caseback screws’ holes from going into the cavities where the chrono pushers are, on the crown side. Still looks funky though. And *why is the titanium version the only one with two chrono seconds hands?*

      • I can live with the case back screws (since I can’t have my wish to wear this watch upside down).
        As to the 2nd central seconds hand (for the chronograph), this is for the split seconds timing feature (making this a rattrapante). The post says that all of them are rattrapante and maybe they are from the head on shots we just can’t see the underlying hand, but it sure looks like on the titanium reference is really a rattrapante. And only the titanium one has lume on the hour and minute time of day hands. Go figure…

  • MEddie90

    Impressive achievement for Journe and at 12mm thick it’s reasonably sized for the level of complication… unfortunately that’s pretty much (aside from the movement) the only positive I can find.

    This movement would be much better used in the more classically styled Souveraine collection. Take the only watch submission, add a white gold case, guilloche Clous de Paris on a white metal dial and remove the telemeter scale and silly font and you’re on to a winner. The Linesport with it’s rubber accents and tachy bezel looks out of place and feels like a forced effort to attract a younger audience.

  • PollyO

    Call me picky, but once I start dropping 60,000 dollars on a watch, I don’t really want to see ”rubber” appear anywhere in the description.

    • AW

      I agree, with that kind of money rubber should be entirely optional.

    • Omegaboy

      Nor an integrated bracelet that eliminates the possibility of using a leather strap.

  • Pete L

    Amazing movement and gorgeous dial (particularly the blue platinum) but the rubberised bracelet looks naff and almost like it doesn’t fit together properly? Shame because otherwise lovely.

  • Yan Fin

    Titanium version looks like it was assembled in a Chinatown basement. Overlap of date discs and see – through Chrono registers a truly ugly.

  • ProJ

    That dial looks like it was designed by a committee. The movement on the other hand.. wow!

  • FPJ is a brand who’s watches I appreciate, but don’t really like…except for this one. The Ti version (I do loves me some Ti) is spectacular (and yes, Joe, why is that the only one of the three with a properly-sized minute hand? Good eye on that one.) Balanced, refined, and a little quirky.
    But…and this is a pretty big “but…” rubber? Really? I doubt this would be anybody’s daily wear, but that’ll look like crap pretty quickly.
    Forgive my gaucherie, but it is a “sports watch” after all, yes? What is the WR?

  • SuperStrapper

    Stunning movement, but this just isn’t a sport watch brand. Despite the astronomical amount of detail and dedication that’s gone into it the overall look is not that impressive. The bracelet links are too far apart from each other, always a cheap look. And I agree lining them in rubber was a bad idea.

    Titanium is less and less desirable a material for me in watches every day. Would never consoder any kind of luxury item in a material that trades almost every other aspect out in favour of light weight. It’s solving a problem that hardly exists and never would in a watch like this.

  • Jon Heinz

    Digging the fun, stealthy black version, would be a fun little pickup if it wasn’t over half the price of our first house. The movement is pure sex though. If I hit the lotto I’ll either give it another look or maybe wait for Dufour to drop a sports model…

  • Marius

    FP Journe has always been one of my favourite independent brands. What I like most is that unlike watchmakers such as Voutilainen or Dufour who focus on superlative finishing, Journe concentrates on producing technically spectacular movements. His minute repeaters and chronographs are a good example, and even the time-only Chronometre Bleu is very interesting. What’s more, whilst his designs are a bit quirky, I happen to find them very original. Nevertheless, to me, this watch is an absolute disaster.

    Firstly, this is one of the ugliest watches that I have ever laid my eyes upon. It’s not just a monstrosity, but it also lacks any character and soul, appearing just like a frankenwatch that one would find thrown in a back alley. The bezel looks like it was made in a barn by a blind farmer; the bracelet looks like it was found in a garbage bin; and even the big date display looks amateurish. I don’t think I have ever seen such an interesting movement placed in such an ugly “package.”

    Secondly, for a “sports watch” this FP Journe has some extremely impractical elements. The chronograph pushers as well as the crown seem to be very thin, so I’m not sure if they are very easy to operate and handle. Furthermore, having a gold/titanium bracelet with rubber elements is also an impractical solution. As Mark Carson pointed out, the rubber parts will wear out quite quickly, no matter how careful you are with the watch, and they will give the watch a trashy look. In my view, the best idea would have been to equip this watch with two bracelets: a gold bracelet, and a rubber strap for when you want to use your timepiece for “sports” activities.

    Lastly, given the overall “cobbled-together” appearance of this timepiece, I find the prices quite high. Granted, the $60,000 titanium version isn’t that terribly expensive, although personally, I’d much rather get a rose gold Lange Datograph. Whilst the Datograph doesn’t have a split-seconds function, it has an infinitely more attractive design as well as a slightly better-finished movement. On the other hand, the platinum version of this FP Journe costs $110,000, at which pricepoint my top pick would be a platinum Lange Datograph Double Split which you can find for around $120,000. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2390c92df98aac7152fa89a9eb3c201f0446ead761cb173ab28d5e24bfad66d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/108fe915d73ec2fa4fcdb9c85eb1d2e5669eecad2c7f245dc093fa49ae55bd22.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f135017ce999320c4e2245a0a0b9dede034a6018f85c334917cce86627094841.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed7681f6d9d655e9442b62d4a7f8a0e4f73c22a1bc59ccfb5f6f2a544d1533d8.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c790061bd972668a9048d7a4cb78db7c5c54bafc18973b2f0cb5c3c744e2717.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ea77e713135a89c6b3953c8dc473104f06baca434787166b7453ac1046e21da.jpg

    • Omegaboy

      Thanks for posting these pix. They’re gorgeous. Wow.

    • If they really, really felt the need for the black inserts on the bracelet, black ceramic pieces could have been used. But either way (rubber of ceramic) the black bits look out of place.

  • IanE

    Love his movements, hate his dials, can’t afford his watches.

  • Jason

    The big date looks terrible.. not aligned correctly, just horribly executed at this price point.

    • At that location it’s hard to have both numerals on the same plane. There are some tricks other brand use like having the upper disk be sapphire with the number printed on the underside to make the numbers very close to being on the same plane. But the more typical solution is to have a bar between the numerals (like ALS does) to hide the height difference. Or have the date number wheels on the same plane (which I like better) – but that means they have to be closer to the center of the dial.

      • Jason Mirabello

        Okay, but at this price point the execution of that date should be much better

      • Sheez Gagoo

        The distance between the two discs is bigger when they are on the same plane. A good solution in my opinion is to put the two numbers in two different frames. Then the height difference is less visible or the bigger difference and the rounded part of the disc is hidden.

        • SuperStraper

          We don’t care about your opinion.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I wouldn’t use plural, useless scumbag. Go burn yourself. Would be a plastic surgery in your case.

          • to Sheez Gagoo and SuperStrapper: don’t go down the rabbit hole of personal attacks guys. Keep it about the watches.

          • Disillusioned Gene

            It’s not “SuperStrapper”. It’s “SuperStraper”. Using my master detective skills and a perusal of the Sjoo Sandstrom thread, I have a guess who this interloper might be.

          • Type fixed. Thanks (I think).

          • SuperStraper

            Is it Lamont Cranston??

          • SuperStraper

            It’s that dam Yojimbo!!

          • And who was that kid who kept wanting to buy ATBW but had no money? Remember, some hillbilly kid who pretended to be a wealthy Englishman or some such. Name escapes me…

          • Disillusioned Gene

            Chayton Alexander Grosvner Grosvenor Marshall IIII (he uses the watchmaker’s four because he’s such a horophile)

          • Yeah – that was him. Thanks.

          • Disillusioned Gene

            That Protos thread was so tragically funny. I have a good story about that whole ordeal, maybe I’ll share it with you one of these days.

          • SuperStraper

            Or was it Saul Saloota??

          • SuperStrapper

            When Marc Karson shows up and starts spamming porn links I promise not to associate you with his guilt.

          • At least you have kept your sense of humor! And I keep those porn links to myself, ha ha.

          • SuperStrapper

            Cheers man. Hopefully you’re flying through yyz again sometime soon.

          • Can’t make it to Basel this year, so unlikely to make it your way anytime soon.

          • SuperStrapper

            I dont think you’re missing an important year.

          • What? How about those “all new” watches with blue dials?

          • Disillusioned Gene

            So he’s actually pleasant in real life??

          • I almost met him in Toronto a couple of years back when my flight home from BaselWorld was via YYZ. But he was out of town so we did not connect. He has made a couple of custom straps for me. But have not met in person. My emails with him have been very cordial.

          • SuperStraper

            Great comeback. Was it difficult to think of that.

          • Blake Carrington

            I care

          • Raymond Wilkie

            You don’t do yourself any favours.

        • They can be on the same plane and be rather seamless looking if they wheels are concentric (GO does this a lot) as this mock-up I did a while back shows. Cheers. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a20557c8854370c5c491037a73c678ca7c39a130c48b7957a8aaae8910c4186.jpg

  • Polerouter

    The usual for FP Journe: nice movement, not nice case, ugly dial, vomit-inducing typography. But for some reason, I agree with most that it is far worse than usual…

  • BrJean

    WTF.P. Journe

  • PR

    Something cheap looking about the bezel, it doesn’t look like it belongs on such an expensive watch. The hands look too similar to each other and will need a second look to tell time. Otherwise lovely design and movement on a unique piece.

  • cluedog12

    The perfect gift for a man who takes the good with the bad in stride.

    + no lugs means a comfortable fit, even on small wrists
    – no lugs means it’s ugly

    + hands on titanium version are correct length
    – sapphire subdials on titanium version disrupt the dial, symmetrical sores on a beautiful face

    + beautiful movement…
    – …reminds you that the back looks far better than the front

    + starting at 58,000 CHF, a relative value
    – you’ll pay an extra 3000 CHF when it’s time to service

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Terrible everything.

    • You don’t even like it from the back? Wow, you are harder to please than I am, ha ha.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Your right, my comment was particularly aimed quite literally at face value. The back is really well done ( if a tad visually boring.) I would never condone violence but someone needs slapped over that dail design, Just awful.

  • BNABOD
    • IG

      It’s an ostrich with head in the sand.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    In an Interview, F.P. Journe stated, that he`s a defender of the traditional way of watchmaking but somehow not completely closed to usefull advantages in material and technology. Anyhow, he fefuses silicone in a way. So It`s hard to understand why he included rubb(ish)er in such a vulgar and ugly way. The Vagabondage was already ugly but this…

    • SuperStraper

      Thanks for the earth shattering news.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        You’re a wee bit cheeky Straper.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          He’s a worthless piece of useless scum that should simply be burned alive while half of the people here would dance around his remains.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Oh my goodness, that’s a bit strong.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            The only reason not to piss on this worthless piece of worm infected diarrhea is when he’s burning in front of you in his mommys cave where this scum is spending his useless existence. His mommy is by the way the only woman who ever touched him and probably the person who set him on fire considering the fact she gave birth to such a waste of space and oxygen.

          • SuperStraper

            Great story, youngster..now off to bed.

          • Disillusioned Gene

            It’s not SuperStrapper, it’s just a guy trying to rile you up. And even if you don’t care for SuperStrapper, can you do the rest of us a favor and just ignore him and talk about watches? I don’t want to hear about a burning fetus or worm diarrhea.

          • SuperStrapper

            Literally laughed out loud, thank you. It warms my heart that simpletons get this butthurt over frivolous things they read on the internet.

          • Playboy Johnny

            I was also laughing out loud! This is great!!

            Were you set on fire??

          • SuperStraper

            Literally laughed out loud, thank you. It warms my heart that simpletons get this butthurt over frivolous
            things they read on the internet.

          • SuperStraper

            Start the fire!
            Then jump in.

        • SuperStraper

          And you are a wee bit.

        • Disillusioned Gene

          You got the ‘Straper’ part right. This is most likely not Strapper, just an 8-comment pot-stirrer. Let’s all keep our heads and not hold this guy’s comments against the real Strapper, even if you already had a problem with him…let’s please calm down and keep it halfway civil in here.

          • SuperStraper

            Yes, don’t let some newbie get us all riled up.

      • SuperStrapper

        D’awww. Johnny has such a crush on me.

    • GalaxyGuy

      I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…

      “Silicone” is a polymer used in, among other things, breast implants. “Silicon” (which is what I think you likely intended) is a bright, diamagnetic semiconductor used by some to make parts of a watch that are subject to adverse the effects of magnetism.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Ok

  • Disillusioned Gene

    Harry Potter font on the tachymeter?

  • Ulysses31

    It just looks wrong somehow. Having two tracks of numbers so close to each other makes the dial look crowded.