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F.P. Journe

Swiss  •  b. 1999

Biography

Founded by watchmaker François-Paul Journe in 1999, the F.P. Journe brand is relatively young, but already is as highly regarded by collectors as many distinguished manufacturers with centuries-old heritage. In the minds of the world's savviest collectors, Journe is producing some of the finest wristwatches the market has ever seen. Mastering his craft from restoring historical timepieces, he was the first to create a wristwatch incorporating two escapements that benefit from the phenomenon of resonance — the Chronomètre à Résonance.

Key models include the Résonance, tourbillon wristwatches incorporating a remontoir and the limited edition Vagabondage series. Especially sought-after are his earliest "souscription" watches, made in 1999.

Insights

  • A unique Journe Tourbillon Souverain Blue, cased in tantalum, achieved 550,000 CHF during the Only Watch Charity Auction hosted by Phillips in November 2015.

  • One of Journe's earliest wristwatches produced in 1999 to raise funds to start his firm sold for 269,000 CHF during the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: TWO sale in November 2015.

"In the minds of the world's savviest collectors, Journe is producing some of the finest wristwatches the market has ever seen."

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