FrontRunners: Perfect Timing

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Built for the sole purpose of maintaining the most accurate time possible, the F.P. Journe Chronomètre Optimum ( features mechanisms that traditional watchmakers—including Journe—have employed to improve timepieces’ precision: double barrels and a constant-force device. The Optimum’s innovative element is its direct-impulse, lubricant-free escapement design, which enhances efficiency and therefore enables the watch to keep time better. The watch, priced at $83,580 for a rose-gold version, displays only the time of day and the power reserve, which is consistent with the narrow focus of the company’s designs.

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