F.P. Journe - Le Concours de Complexité: Single Owner Online Auction Hong Kong Friday, January 13, 2023 | Phillips

Create your first list.

Select an existing list or create a new list to share and manage lots you follow.

  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2017
    Case No: 720-TN
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe guarantee stamped Dubail Paris dated 1st July 2017, instructions manual USB, leather card holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Upon debuting his brand, F.P. Journe introduced his inaugural Tourbillon Souverain in 1999, featuring a world premiere remontoire system. A true game-changer in haute horology, the watchmaker’s undying commitment to avant-garde conceptions captured the hearts of many discerning collectors. By 2004, his concept was brought to a whole new level as he completely transforms how we see tourbillons with an innovative addition of a deadbeat seconds, resulting in the Remontoire d’Egalité avec Seconde Morte.

    Do not be fooled by how simple making time stand still may seem, but this complication is in fact a true artform which requires optimal precision to stop and restart the seconds hand on command. While the escapement continues to tick, the hand will only move after one second has elapsed, before it jumps to the next. The ingenious integration of a remontoire system delivers a constant force mechanism that enhances the accuracy and amplitude of the tourbillon-equipped escapement.

    Produced between 2003 and 2018, this discontinued reference was offered in pink gold and platinum with just over a hundred examples manufactured. With unparalleled beauty and complexity, the present timepiece is a second-generation Tourbillon Souverain, fitted in a 40mm platinum case with an 18K pink gold cal. 1403.

    Tastefully executed, Journe uses a strategic dial design to highlight the importance of each component. The tourbillon is deliberately placed in line with the hours and minutes subdial, which emphasises its status as a complication and suggests it is an equal counterpart to the time display. The aperture on the left invites its wearer to peek into the fantastic movement within, along with its striking perlage finishes. Flanked between the two subdials, the deadbeat seconds is granted center stage, complementing the power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and harmonises the frosted white gold dial.

    The present wristwatch is the last of its kind, from 2017, offering the ideal opportunity for connoisseurs to acquire a well-preserved, esteemed masterpiece, accompanied by its original accessories.

  • 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.

    View More Works


A highly sought-after and mechanically complex platinum tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve indication, dead beat seconds, constant force remontoire, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2017
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$800,000 - 1,600,000 

Sold for HK$2,016,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia

+852 2318 2001



Le Concours de Complexité: Single Owner Online Auction

Online Auction 13-20 January 2023