F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2010
    Case No: 2/5-TT
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain "Hong Kong"
    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 fitted box, user manual, polishing cloth and outer packaging. Furthermore accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Some timepieces are so rare that while they have been heard of, few have actually been seen - even fewer photographs have been available. The present F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain in titanium is part of this elusive category. Made in 5 pieces in celebration of the anniversary of the brand’s boutique in Hong Kong, it features a graphic and theatrical color combination of slate grey dial with salmon script. This color combination can be found also in the titanium case (one which Journe only uses for some of the anniversary pieces) with pink gold crown, hands and deployant clasp.

    The tourbillon is one of Journe’s signature pieces, since the debut of the world premiere Tourbillon Souverain remontoire system in 1991, 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'Égalité 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 second complication, the timepiece with constant force mechanism results in much higher accuracy on precise time reading. Exceptional with beauty and complexity, the second generation is upsized from 38mm to 40mm with a fresh 18K pink gold movement.

    The present Hong Kong boutique edition Tourbillon Souverain is number 2 of a limited edition of only 5 pieces. Offered by its original owner, the present example, fresh to the auction market is certainly one of the rarest and most coveted of Journe’s creations and an opportunity to obtain a masterpiece that is not only visually impacting, technically inspiring but whose rarity make it a must have.

    Please note that the proceeds of the present timepiece will be donated by the consignor to UNICEF.

  • 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 absurdly rare and mechanically complex titanium and pink gold tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoire, power reserve, dead beat seconds and presentation box, number 2 of a limited edition of 5 pieces, with proceeds going to charity

Circa 2010
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for CHF508,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024