F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2008
    Case No: 2/5-TT
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain "Genève 08"
    Material: Titanium and 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe Certificat stamped by "Montres Journe Genève S.A." and dated May 6, 2008, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Avant-garde and a true pioneer of haute horlogerie, Francois-Paul Journe’s constant strive for ground breaking timepieces captured the hearts of many astute collectors. Since the debut of the world premiere Tourbillon Souverain remontoir system in 1999, it took a decade long of yearning until the reveal of the TN Model (“Tourbillon Nouveau”) with an innovative inclusion of the dead beat second, hence Remontoir d’Egalité avec Seconde Morte. An art of making time stand still, the complication requires the utmost precision to reliably stop and restart the seconds hand as the escapement continues to beat—not moving until one second has elapsed, then jumps to the next second. Enriched with a deadbeat seconds complication, the timepiece with constant force mechanism results much higher accuracy and precise time reading.

    Exceptional with beauty and complexity, the second generation is upsized from 38mm to 40mm with a fresh 18K pink gold movement. While the normal production was made in either platinum or pink gold, the present piece is anything but a "standard" iteration of the model. Made in 5 pieces only in 2008, this example being number 2, the model celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Geneva boutique, and features an incredible two-tone livery: titanium case body and pink gold crown and clasp. The same color pattern is reprised on the dial, featuring an anthracite background with pink graphics.

    Momentous in its aesthetic impact and gargantuan in its collectability, the present timepiece - offered with its original certificate and box - is without a doubt one of the most important representative of this landmark model.

  • 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 highly complicated and absurdly scarce pink gold and titanium wristwatch with tourbillon regulator, deadbeat seconds, remontoir d'egalite, power reserve indication, Certificate and box, number 2 of a 5 pieces limited edition

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for CHF504,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021