The Élégante: A Marvelous Movement
Released in 2014, the F.P. Journe Élégante collection is a stand out suite in this independent watchmaker’s repertoire. Each Élégante watch features the trademarked Flat Tortue® case shape, a luminescent dial, and a revolutionary electro-mechanical movement. But perhaps most strikingly, the collection was the first from F.P. Journe to be designed specifically for women. Incorporating elements of femininity, elegance, and precision, François-Paul Journe achieved precisely what he set out to do—he said, “I created this watch because for 20 years, women have been asking me to design a watch for them...today the Élégante features the only electro-mechanical movement conceived and created for the luxury market and offering a true vision of luxury.” The stunning, tonneau-shaped titanium F.P. Journe Élégante is available in a 40mm iteration for women, and now a 48mm version for men. Ladies can browse strap colors like white, powder rose, and anthracite while men can select from rich hues like grey, burgundy, and deep blue. Shop our pre-owned collection of contemporary ladies watches for more styles, or peruse our assortment of dress watches. Interested in discovering other unique ladies’ pieces? Read this blog article that details women’s style in luxury watches.
Learn More About the Élégante Watch
Unique to the collection, F.P. Journe’s impressive electro-mechanical movement provides a long autonomy of 8 to 10 years in daily use, and up to 18 years in standby mode. This complicated movement took 8 years to develop and allows the Élégante watch to be easily stopped and started again. Located on the dial at the 4:30 mark, the timepiece features a mechanical motion detector. When the watch is motionless, it switches to standby mode after 35 minutes to save energy. While in this mode, the microprocessor still keeps time while the mechanical parts stop moving. Once moved again, the hands automatically set to the current time by taking the shortest path, either clockwise or counterclockwise. Additionally, the Élégante is the only quartz watch with an exhibition caseback—and it doesn’t look like the everyday quartz watch, either. Although most quartz movements aren’t known for their dashing good looks, this collection took careful measures to ensure its style was as jaw-dropping as its working components.
In conjunction with the mesmerizing electro-mechanical movement, the F.P. Journe Élégante also boasts a vibrant luminescent dial that enhances readability and legibility. And in titanium versions, the glowing dial is reminiscent of white Mother of Pearl. If you’re interested in learning more about independent watchmakers like F.P. Journe, be sure to read this article that discusses the Rise of the Indies, and explore other groundbreaking watch revelations in the niche luxury space.
Explore Élégante Models
Whether you’re shopping for a men’s or women’s timepiece, there’s something for every tasteful collector in the Élégante suite. Check out a handful of the most compelling pre-owned models.
Dazzling and simply delightful, this Élégante woman’s piece features a 40mm 18k rose gold case with a pave diamond bezel surrounding a silver luminous dial. Offset by a more subdued navy blue rubber strap, the diamonds are given a real chance to shine—it’s a perfect statement piece for any dress occasion.
If you’re a simple guy who loves a touch of flair, this 48mm titanium timepiece is a great option. Its handsome white and grey dial are complemented by a deep navy blue rubber strap, and functions include hours, minutes, and small seconds.
Did you know that Titalyt treatments are most common in aerospace and automobile industries? This treatment subjects the titanium to electro-plasma oxidation, increases the watch’s hardness, improves its resistance to corrosion, and gives the piece a deep matte finish. Check out this ref. EL TITALYT 48 and see the treatment in action—it features a 48mm titanium case, luminescent sapphire dial, and grey rubber strap.
How Much Is an Élégante Watch?
When you purchase a F.P. Journe timepiece, you’re getting what you pay for—true craftsmanship, high quality, and extreme precision. Plus, the independent watchmaker produces a limited quantity of new pieces each year, heightening the demand for these remarkable wristwatches. Compared to the brand’s other collections like the Octa, Classique and Linesport which can demand anywhere between $60,000 to $150,00 and beyond, the Élégante is a more affordable Electromechanical quartz option with pre-owned models available for around $27,000. However, it’s worth noting that any pre-owned timepiece may fluctuate in price due to a myriad of factors including materials, demand, and condition to name a few.
Purchasing a Pre-Owned Élégante Watch
As the world’s leading platform for buying, selling, or trading pre-owned luxury watches, we strive to bring you an unrivaled collection of F.P. Journe timepieces. Our selection is carefully curated and ever changing, giving collectors the exclusive opportunity to find exquisite F.P. Journe Élégante watches in near-mint condition. Each piece is inspected and authenticated before being sold, so you never have to sacrifice value or provenance. If you’re interested in other watch models by F.P. Journe, browse our pre-owned collection of Octa, Classique, or Souveraine watches. Or, learn more about their sports watch, the LineSport, by reading this article. And, if you love the titanium Élégante watch, discover other remarkable titanium watch models by reading this article.