F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: CS-407500-145100
    Case No: 570-CS
    Model Name: Chronomètre Souverain
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by the original box with outer packaging, polishing cloth and a certificate of authenticity signed by Mr F.P. Journe.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the collection “Souveraine”, François Paul Journe signed his most recognizable collection.

    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 vibrant guilloché dial and power reserve and seconds indications placed in an original manner at 3 o’clock and 7/8 o’clock respectively.

    The beauty of this watch is not only on the dial side but by turning it over one can only be dazzled by its superb hand finished movement that presents the extreme rare particularity of being in solid 18 karat rose gold. It is furthermore interesting to note that Journe's production of rose gold pieces is lower than that of his pieces in platinum, making the present lot even more desirable.

    Contemporary, elegant yet very classic, this timepiece is the perfect match between the genius of its creator and the elegance of a timeless design, the present lot will appeal to the collector of independent modern horological artisans.

  • 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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Ref. CS-407500-145100
A large and very attractive pink gold wristwatch with pink gold movement, power reserve,certificate of authenticity and box

40mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF20,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017