The Chronomètre Bleu is innovative with its 39 mm case made for the first time of Tantalum, a rare dark grey metal with blue overtones. Tantalum is a wonderful metal but rarely used in watchmaking as it is hard and very difficult to manipulate, due to its very high fusion temperature of 3000° and a density of 16.3. Tantalum is also precious as it is highly resistant to corrosion and wear.The chrome blue dial is in perfect harmony with the color of the case in a contemporary spirit. The F.P. Journe hands, matching the large cream-colored Arabic numerals, mark the hours while the guilloché seconds dial at 7:30 enhances the mirror effect of the main dial.The manual winding movement of the Chronomètre Bleu is made in 18K rose gold, like that of all F.P. Journe creations. Signed with the label Invenit et Fecit- (invented and made), each F.P. Journe exclusive movement guarantees a manufacture calibre, invented, constructed, and assembled entirely in our Geneva workshops. For the Chronomètre Bleu , the exacting motto of F.P. Journe’s watchmakers holds true: “to each watchmaker his own watch”.Through the transparent back, the balance and escapement appear to be mysteriously detached from the movement, beating with no apparent motive force. F.P. Journe has placed the connecting train under the dial, leaving only the centre wheel to highlight the isolation of the balance.The manually wound movement of the Chronomètre Bleu oscillates at 21,600v/h. Twin barrels, in the classic configuration of precision watches, work in parallel to deliver stable power for much of its 56-hour full autonomy. The F.P. Journe free-sprung chronometer balance with inertia adjustment on four opposing weights is dynamically adjusted to six positions, with an emphasis on constancy of rate.www.fpjourne.comTechnical Specifications – Chronomètre BleuMovement Calibre 1304 Manually wound by 38 turns Movement in 18K rose gold 22 jewelsDimensions of the Movement Overall diameter: 30.40 mm Casing-up diameter: 29.60 mm Overall height: 3.75 mm Height of winding system: 2.10 mm Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mmBalance Four inertia weights Flat Anachron microflamed spring Mobile stud holders Free-sprung Nivatronic laser-welded to collet Pinned GE stud Frequency: 21,600 v / h, (3Hz) Inertia: 10.10 mg /cm2 Angle of lift: 52° Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 320° 24h dial up: > 280°Principal characteristics Manual winding Two mainspring barrels in parallel Time adjustment via crown in position 2 Pallet escapement with 15-tooth escape wheel Two position crownIndications Central hours and minutes Sub-seconds at 7:30Power reserve 56 hours +- 2h.Decoration High quality Partly circular grained base plate, with barleycorn guilloché Polished screw heads, chamfered slots Pegs with polished rounded endsCase Tantalum Diameter: 39 mm Height: 8.60 mm Dial: Chrome blueNumber of Pieces Movement without dial: 133 Cased-up on leather strap: 166F.P. Journe is featured in Elite Traveler’s THE OFFICIAL WATCH BUYER’S GUIDE 2009/2010.
No is a powerful word. It can be a determiner, an adverb, an interjection, an exclamation and a noun. We learn to say “no” early (and often!).So if we learn to say “no” at such a young age, why is it so hard to apply it, correctly, to our work lives? There is some great advice out there about learning to say no (I love the article Why saying no gets you ahead), but it’s geared toward the leadership level. The same advice does not apply to those earlier in their careers, who are just getting started and fighting for opportunities and exposure.“No” is a word that should grow with you throughout your career. How you leverage it must change as you take on more responsibility, get years of experience under your belt and learn your own work capacity.Early in your career you should banish the word “no” from your vocabulary.I really mean this. If someone brings you an opportunity to get involved in a new project, offers you more responsibility, asks you to cover something for them…say YES. Some quick guidelines for you.You should say YES if:You know how to do the task at hand OR have the time to figure it outYou are confident you can successfully deliverYou are providing value(Let’s throw a disclaimer on here and assume for a second that you will continue to say no to things that are illegal, put you in danger, or are generally misguided, etc…)Two reasons you should be saying “yes” more:1. Build your reputation.When your name comes up, what do people say? “She helped me out last week”, “she’s the first person I ask when…”, “She can figure it out”. The reality is that relationships drive your career. I’m not saying you can’t say no when someone asks for a favor, but there are trade offs and the currency is opportunity. A “yes” gives you a chance. Your ability to deliver after the “yes” begets another ask, more exposure and greater opportunity. If you build a reputation for being responsive and getting things done, doors will open.2. Get exposure.New opportunities mean learning and development for you. How do you figure out what you are interested in and what you are good at if you don’t explore? Especially early in your career, saying “yes” means pushing the limits of your current skill set. In my first job out of college I was working for a small start up. There were days where I did work that was WAY above my pay grade and, more often, stuff that no one else wanted to do. I ran to CVS when we ran out of plastic spoons, did expense reports for other people, did the dishes, looked at real estate, joined calls with APAC (because let’s be honest, no one wants to take a 9 PM call), got on a plane whenever anyone asked. But here’s what’s cool about that – I had the opportunity to learn so much. I worked with our customer user groups and partners, ran our annual user summit, led prospect calls I probably shouldn’t have even been invited to, helped design and build out 3 offices, opened up 5 international teams and ultimately learned that I was passionate about building repeatable, scalable processes and developing great people.Learning to say “no”Eventually you reach a tipping point in your career. Whether you are an individual contributor or lead a large team, when your responsibilities grow and you’ve found your niche, you earn the right to say “no”. As a leader you have also have a responsibility to your team to say “no”.Learning when and how to say “no” is not as easy as it sounds, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight.First, you need to prioritize. “No” should never be the first word, but a matter of necessity. Your time is valuable. Once you understand your own velocity/capacity and where you can have the greatest impact, sometimes “no” is the right answer. Let me be clear – this is a skill, and skills can be learned. There is a difference between saying “no, i won’t help you” and setting clear expectations on where and how you can assist.As a leader this becomes exponentially more difficult. Most people learn their own velocity over time, but struggle to understand and manage people that don’t work like them. Your job as a manager is to clear the noise and remove the barriers to success. Overcommitting your team and cluttering their days with extraneous work is a recipe for disaster. Sometimes this means being brave, sticking your neck out and protecting your people and sometimes it means saying “no” so they don’t have to.The meaning of the word “no” doesn’t change as you gain experience, but in a world where perception is often reality, it’s impact can be huge.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis