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Am I the only one who thinks the FP Journe Bleu is an internet hype train and not that great looking? The online watch community seems to obsess over it but I think it's just okay looking. I hear there's now a 2 year waiting list for it. I've shown non-online watch community people photos of it and they all dislike it. Internet hype train or not?

For those that don't know it, it's a watch made out of tantalum by FP Journe (small company). I believe it's about $20k.

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Originally Posted by Superfluous View Post

Am I the only one who thinks the FP Journe Bleu is an internet hype train and not that great looking? The online watch community seems to obsess over it but I think it's just okay looking. I hear there's now a 2 year waiting list for it. I've shown non-online watch community people photos of it and they all dislike it. Internet hype train or not?

I don't know about the internet hype but if you're just looking for a nice dial and case I think you're looking at the wrong watch. The reason you pay $20k for that watch is because you appreciate the movement (made of 18k gold) and everything that goes into it. Aesthetically speaking, the movement is stunning as well.

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The FP Journe Chronometre Bleu is fantastic IMO. After handling it in person it's become one of my favorite watches. The dial is just ridiculous, to say to look elsewhere if you are looking for a "nice dial" is borderline absurd IMO but everyone is different I guess. They have a fairly high failure rate to get the color just right. The case is also very well finished, but I can understand wanting gold at that price point. For me, I like the case because it helps make the watch wearable in more situations. I also have found them to be fairly easy to source LNIB and from grey dealers, that said I haven't looked in a while.
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Originally Posted by Superfluous View Post

Am I the only one who thinks the FP Journe Bleu is an internet hype train and not that great looking? 
 

 

 

Yes. ;)

 

I do think it is worth every bit of the hype (though it is talked about a lot for a watch with a monthly production of 6!)

 

The CB is one of those watches that you have to see and touch to really get it though.  I thought it was 'another nice looking blue' watch until I saw it.... it is really something.  It is so so blue that I could see some people not loving it, it doesn't mean you're taking crazy pills. 

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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

I don't know about the internet hype but if you're just looking for a nice dial and case I think you're looking at the wrong watch. The reason you pay $20k for that watch is because you appreciate the movement (made of 18k gold) and everything that goes into it. Aesthetically speaking, the movement is stunning as well.

Agreed, the reason for purchasing a watch like this is the movement. I'm not sure I love it's dial or case material enough that I could ever seriously consider purchasing one, but the movement is really unusual and eye catching.

That being said a buyer has to be a diehard movement aficionado if one doesn't love the dial and case as those are generally the parts that he will be seeing most often when it's on his wrist (which is how watches spend most of their time).

Interesting watch, and I can see how some are drawn to it, but others are not.
post #41286 of 48312
Anyone have a NATO strap place to recommend? Looking for a black / blue alternate striped strap to go with the BLNR.
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

I don't know about the internet hype but if you're just looking for a nice dial and case I think you're looking at the wrong watch. The reason you pay $20k for that watch is because you appreciate the movement (made of 18k gold) and everything that goes into it. Aesthetically speaking, the movement is stunning as well.


Unless you wear your watch upside down, I think you always have to look at aesthetics first, and then the guts second. I just don't think it's anything that spectacular for the amount of attention it receives. Basically a blue dial with a white circle, oversized numbers, and an offset second dial. Of course, I haven't seen it in person, but it's nothing earth shattering from photos.
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I tried it on at the FPJ boutique in Tokyo and it didn't speak to me. The brightness and the sheen of the blue added a certain loudness that felt inconsistent with the character of the watch. I agree that you need to try it on to see if it works for you, it isn't one size fits all.
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Anyone have a NATO strap place to recommend? Looking for a black / blue alternate striped strap to go with the BLNR.

 

My unprofessional opinion is that the BLNR looks best if you brush the PCL bracelet it came with. I know NATO straps are all the rage for tool watches, but I only put nylon straps on my Seikos. Perhaps something like this might be a nice choice? http://www.dalucastraps.com/limited-edition-usa-nato-watch-strap-matte-buckle/

 

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Like it or not, you can't form an opinion about the dial unless you see it in person. It changes at every angle and I haven't found another blue dial that touches what that one does for me in the metal (and there are a lot of blue dials I like). If it doesn't speak to you it doesn't speak to you, but that dial definitely fits the price tag.
post #41291 of 48312
I love everything about FPJ but I'd hesitate to pull the trigger as I've heard the servicing costs are terrifying and there is always risk with a small, standalone manufacture.

On the subject of Rolexes and travel, I've worn my 42mm ExII in all sorts of places in Africa, India, Asia, with not so much as a mention, but I don't tend to rough it. Its a pretty low-key watch though. I think if you find yourself in the wrong side of town whatever watch you're wearing could make you a target - I'm not sure thieves are that discerning. As Dino says, if you don't want to risk it, don't take it. Personally, having it as my travel watch and it having some tales to tell give it its character; to me that's worth the risk.
post #41292 of 48312
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I like the BLUE, mimo.

Very inspired choice!

Suits that Longines quite nicely, methinks.

 

Maybe just to match the column wheel? Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

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Unless you wear your watch upside down, I think you always have to look at aesthetics first, and then the guts second. 

 

I can understand why someone would or wouldn't like the aesthetics of the dial and layout.  It's a very personal thing.  But I do think the movement is a fundamental part of the value proposition in many cases: on a much cheaper level, the maker-specific (even though it's ETA) column wheel movement is a major part of why I wanted the watch above: it just pleased me as a pretty, well-conceived piece for the money.  

 

The FPJ is ten times the price of course, but it's spectacular in build and finish.  And I think the fact that much of its beauty is hidden from the casual observer is a plus: a beautiful gold movement is your own little aficionado's secret.  A chunky gold bracelet would cost as much, but look much more like it was to show to others.  Of course either is fine depending on your taste and mood, but I rather prefer the idea that my hand-welted shoes or tailored suit or would only look "nice" to most people, while the real quality is for me to know and enjoy without shouting about it.  

 

One day I will have a properly fabulous watch, God willing - a Lange perhaps.  And it will work the same way: I will enjoy looking into that caseback, feeling the weight of the platinum, and knowing I have something special, while others will just see a smart silvery watch.  Fine by me.  And of course, those observant and knowledgeable types who might actually notice, can be appreciated for it.  So I might not spend $20k on a FP Journe.  But I can understand why one might.  And the real life pictures definitely press some pleasure buttons; I'd love to see one in person.

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You have to see the FPJ CB in person. The hue of the blue dial changes from every direction you look at it. It's just a beaut. Can't wait til I get mine. There isn't a waiting list to speak of. I've been to 3 boutiques recently and in every location it was in stock.
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The stock photos do not do the FPJ CB justice.  Some in the flesh internet pictures seems to show it off better.  

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Unless you wear your watch upside down, I think you always have to look at aesthetics first, and then the guts second. I just don't think it's anything that spectacular for the amount of attention it receives. Basically a blue dial with a white circle, oversized numbers, and an offset second dial. Of course, I haven't seen it in person, but it's nothing earth shattering from photos.

It's also designed to be a relatively simple dress watch. Most simple dress watches don't scream spectacular on the surface. The dial is it's show off aspect rather than the case, which I suppose can be a bit boring compared to gold, but is still quite well finished. If you look at other similar watches in the price range, to steal from Hodinkee, do the ALS Saxonia or Vacheron Patrimony Traditionelle Small Seconds scream spectacular to you personally from the dial and case alone? Personally I love fairly simple dress watches, so I like all 3 with the FPJ as my favorite (hands, dial, and movement tipping the scales) and the VC as a close second. Given your previous posts, I'm guessing simple dress watches in general don't speak to you as much, but I could be wrong.

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