F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII Geneva Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2005
    Case No: CS-001
    Model Name: Chronomètre Souverain
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: F.P. Journe platinum deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Guarantee card stamped by Montre Journe Japon K.K. and dated December 24, 2005, fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    François-Paul Journe is a modern watchmaker who brings technical skill and innovation to wristwatches that are classically designed but have a contemporary aesthetic. F.P. Journe, his company, was established in 1999, and follows the motto Invenit et Fecit ([He] invented and realized it), a clear indication that the brand’s watches are fully designed and produced in house. With the collection “Souverain”, François Paul Journe presented his first wristwatch with a central time display.

    Offered in several variations, the principle objective of these timepieces, as the name of the collection implies, is chronometric precision. Even though its design is a tribute to traditional chronometers, it has been implemented in a subtly contemporary manner with its large hour and minute hands, and power reserve and seconds indications placed in an original manner at 3 o’clock and 7 to 8 o’clock respectively.

    The present timepiece holds a particularly relevant historical importance, as it is most probably the very first Chronomètre Souverain watch ever made. All these timepieces bear a serial number composed by the code CS (for Chronomètre Souverain) and then a 3 digit number. The present watch bears in fact serial number CS-001. Assuming no CS-000 watch was made - an unlikely occurrence, as F.P. Journe editions usually start with number 1, a habit present since the famous “Souscription” series - this means that in fact the present watch is the very first Chronomètre Souverain to leave F.P. Journe’s workshop.

  • 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 very fine and extremely early platinum wristwatch with power reserve indication, Guarantee and box, most probably the very first example of the model, bearing no. 001

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF163,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021