François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille, France in 1957 and went to a technical college at the age of 14. After school he decided to attend watchmaking school in Paris in 1976. After his schooling Francois began in watches and by 1999 he founded his namesake brand. The company began by building the entirety of its movements and worked to invent new systems such as the resonance chronometer. The watches sold well and the brand continued to grow and focused on producing high quality timepieces with complex precision. By 2018 Chanel took an interest in the brand and purchased a 20% stake of the company. Located in Geneva the company has its headquarters, manufacturing facilities, and an exhibition space with library housed in a converted factory in the Coulouvreniere Rois neighborhood. F.P. Journe also owns its own casemaker, Les Boîtiers de Genève, and its own dialmaker, Les Cadraniers de Genève, housed in the same facility in Meyrin, Switzerland a municipality in the Canton of Geneva.