This is an unusual watch. Made by Swiss luxury watchmaker F.P. Journe, the F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu “Byblos” celebrates the opening of their 10th boutique in Beirut, Lebanon. Design and construction of the limited edition watch pays tribute to the history of ancient city of Byblos in Phoenicia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Byblos is believed to be oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Limited to just 99 pieces, the Chronomètre Bleu “Byblos” is available in the F.P. Journe Boutiques in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boca Raton and Beirut.
As for the specifications of the Bleu ‘Byblos”, it features a 39 mm case made from tantalum, a rare metal with a hint of blue. The use of tantalum is rare in the field of watchmaking, because it is perceived as a difficult metal to work with. It has an open-worked style dial, a first for the watchmaker. Byblos’ blue hour circle with large Arabic numerals in cream color represents the sun of the Orient set in a Mediterranean blue sky. Dial also features traditional guilloche decorations – circular and barley corn patterns.
Other highlight of the dial is the F.P. Journe logo, the “J” in “Journe” is replaced by the letter “Yodh” (pronounced “J”) from the Phoenician alphabet. Yodh symbolizes the hand, as Journe explains that highlight the importance of handcraftsmanship in their watchmaking. Engraved along with Journe logo is the name Byblos. The small seconds subdial sits between 7 and 8 o’clock. Also noticeable are the smaller 7 and 8, to make room for the subdial, Journe has reduced the size of them.
The Bleu “Blybos” is powered by the in-house made 18 karat rose gold manual wind Journe Caliber 1304 movement. Workings of the movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Beauty of the watch is enhanced by the stylish cream colored leather strap.