F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2006
    Case No: 115-05.TN
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe fitted box, guarantee, polishing cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Initially, the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain made between 1999 and 2003 was the first timepiece to combine a tourbillion with a remontoir d'egalité that served as a perpetual drive force resulting in greater accuracy and magnitude for the tourbillon-equipped escapement. The Tourbillon Souverain Remontoire d'Egalité avec Secondes Mortes, Journe's second generation of tourbillions were made from 2003 to 2018 and were fitted not only with a remontoire but also with a dead beat seconds, an enchanting complication that had not been used in wristwatches until the mid-twentieth century.

    The mechanism ensures that the seconds hand will completely stop as the escapement continues to beat, not moving until one second has elapsed, at which point it will advance to indicate the next second. Whilst at first glance this seems a simple feature to be fitted on a movement, it actually requires a complex and precise mechanism to reliably stop and restart the second hand so that it does not move at the same rate as the vibration of the balance wheel.

    Since its discontinuation in 2019 the Tourbillon Souverain has become an avidly sought after piece. In very appealing condition, and retaining its original accessories, this Tourbillon Souverain is representative of the heart of F.P Journe, equally in its design, lines and movement. Housed in an elegant 40mm dress platinum case, the dial's tourbillon aperture reveals the delicate perlage on the movement - a luxurious feature of Journe's calibers.

  • 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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An elegant and beautiful platinum tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve and dead beat seconds, guarantee and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for CHF327,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022