F.P. Journe - Racing Pulse New York Saturday, December 12, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2011
    Case No: No. 026-CTS
    Model Name: Centigraphe Sport
    Material: Aluminium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1506, 50 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Aluminium F. P. Journe bracelet, max overall length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Aluminium F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe Guarantee, presentation box, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    F. P. Journe is a master of 21st century horology. When he introduced his ground-breaking Tourbillon and Resonance models in 1999 and 2000, he launched a contemporary brand with now iconic timepieces revered as much for their technical innovations as they are for their classic designs. In 2011, Journe introduced a new “LineSport” collection of timepieces, which are precision sports watches that reflect the independent watchmaker’s rigorous standards in quality. The Centigraphe Sport launched this new collection, and was a marvel as the world’s first all-aluminium, mechanical chronograph wristwatch with aluminium case, bracelet, and movement.

    The Centigraphe Sport featured Journe’s innovative, in-house manually wound chronograph capable of measuring down to one hundredth of a second. When the chronograph function is engaged, the 100th of a second hand at 10 o’clock, released by the watch’s escapement, completes one revolution per second. Once the chronograph is stopped, this hand can be stopped anywhere, allowing even a fractional 100th of a second reading. Along with the high-grade caliber 1506, the case uses a rocker stop/reset button, which allows two fingers to stay in the same place to keep time, allowing for more precise use of the chronograph.

    The 100th second indicator, 20 seconds counter, and 10 minutes counter are all read on three red subsidiary registers. Each subsidiary dial is marked “S” or “M” and “PR” for Seconds or Minutes Per Revolution. The chronograph was conceived for high intensity sporting activity, and in May 2012, French Formula One driver Jean Alesi wore a Centigraphe Sport at his first INDY500 motorsports event, driving for Lotus. In 2014, the model was replaced by a heavier titanium version, making these aluminium models extremely rare and difficult to find.

    The present watch is preserved in excellent overall condition, and offers a rare opportunity to obtain a milestone watch in F.P.Journe’s history.

  • 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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A fine and lightweight aluminium chronograph wristwatch with 100th of a second, 20 seconds, and 10 minutes register

Circa 2011
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $138,600

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New York Auction 12 December 2020