F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2011
    Case No: 577-TN
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain Black Label
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F. P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity dated in 2011, envelope, instruction manual, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Avant-garde and a true pioneer of haute horlogerie, Francois-Paul Journe’s constant strive for groundbreaking timepieces captured the hearts of many astute collectors. Since the debut of the world premiere Tourbillon Souverain remontoire system in 1991, it took a decade long of yearning until the reveal of the TN Model (“Tourbillon Nouveau”) with an innovative inclusion of the dead beat second, hence Remontoire d’Egalité avec Seconde Morte. An art of making time stand still, the complication requires the utmost precision to reliably stop and restart the seconds hand as the escapement continues to beat—not moving until one second has elapsed, then jumps to the next second. Enriched with a deadbeat seconds complication, the timepiece with constant force mechanism results in much higher accuracy on precise time reading.

    Exceptional with beauty and complexity, the second generation is upsized from 38mm to 40mm with a fresh 18K pink gold movement. With the availability of platinum and pink gold, only about a hundred were ever produced and is no doubt an avidly sought-after piece by collectors. The present platinum model is amongst the most remarkable out of all, the rarefied black label that is exclusively made available to the existing owners of Journe timepieces. Offered only from official F.P. Journe boutiques worldwide with a low production count per year, the present Black label Tourbillon Souverain with the elusive nuanced palette was discontinued in 2018. The quintessence of the watchmaker’s strive for perfection embodied into this creation truly a great opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire an esteemed masterpiece.

  • Artist Biography

    F.P. Journe

    Swiss • 1999

    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.

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Property from the Original Owner


An extremely rare and mechanically complex platinum tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoire, power reserve, dead beat seconds and presentation box

Circa 2011
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$1,000,000 - 2,000,000 

Sold for HK$3,528,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021