FrontRunners: Perfect Timing

Built for the sole purpose of maintaining the most accurate time possible, the F.P. Journe Chronomètre Optimum (www.fpjourne.com) 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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