F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII Geneva Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2018
    Case No: 26/69-VIII
    Model Name: Vagabondage III
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1514, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold F.P Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm width x 45mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe certificate dated January 23rd, 2018, Original invoice, cloth, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally introduced in 2017, the F.P Journe Vagabondage III marks the final iteration of the Vagabondage series that had started almost three decades ago in 1995. Released in a limited edition of 68 pieces in pink gold and 69 pieces in platinum the case is the classic tortue shape used for all of Journe’s Vagabondage timepieces.

    As Journe himself would go on and further explain, for his last iteration, just like for the previous two, he reworked the whole movement from the ground up, this time with jumping hours and seconds digitally displayed. Given the tremendous energy needed to power the digital jumping seconds, Journe incorporated his signature remontoir d’égalité mechanism allowing it to maintain a constant amplitude in the balance wheel. Two discs rotating under the smoked sapphire dial by the second at 6 o’clock display the mechanism in full view, allowing the wearer to appreciate every single jump of the second.

    Visually extraordinary, the Vagabondage III with its unusual flat tortue case sits extremely comfortably on the wrist. Despite having a very traditional and classical case architecture, its jumping hour and minimalist dial renders the timepiece very modern and contemporary in today's standards.

    The present example in platinum is numbered 26 of a limited edition of 69 pieces and is offered in excellent overall condition. Further accompanied by its full set of accessories, to every Journe collector, this is a fantastic opportunity to complete the trilogy and possess one of the most unusual model in horological 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 very rare and fine limited edition semi-skeletonized platinum tortue-shaped wristwatch with digital jump hours and seconds, power reserve indication, certificate and presentation box, numbered 26 of a limited edition of 69 pieces

37.5mm width x 45mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF140,000 - 280,000 

Sold for CHF292,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII

Geneva Auction 13 - 14 May 2023