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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2008
    Movement No: Movement engraved Gabrielle
    Case No: Case engraved Gabrielle
    Model Name: Sonnerie Souverain
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1505, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: F.P. Journe stainless steel bracelet, max length 190mm, further accompanied by a leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a large F.P. Journe fitted box, loupe, polishing cloth, Certificate, extra components, pin buckle, deployant clasp and user manual
    Provenance: Phillips Retrospective Geneva 8th November 2020
    Literature: François-Paul Journe : Sonnerie Souveraine – Grande Sonnerie by Jean-Claude Sabrer and Vincent Daveau is dedicated to this masterpiece

  • Provenance

    Phillips Retrospective Geneva 8th November 2020

  • 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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Phillips Perpetual is delighted to offer on behalf of an important collector, one of the most significant and rare F P Journe wristwatches. Whilst pocket watch sonneries have existed since the 19th century, this complication that offers immense engineering challenges in creating a compact, automatically chiming calibre was not seen in a wristwatch before 1992 when it was mastered by the great Philippe Dufour. The Sonnerie Souverain that debuted in 2006 would result in 10 patents being awarded to F P Journe and was immediately awarded the GPHG prize. Just two watchmakers were certified to produce such a marvel meaning that approximately four pieces would leave the manufacturer a year before being discontinued in 2018. Each watch would bear the name of its owner, an ode to the personal touch of each of these masterpieces and the importance of the client with a set of accessories to ensure the longevity of the watch and aid servicing. A crowning achievement for one of the greatest watchmakers to have ever lived. The Sonnerie Souverain is a definitive piece of the brands' history, representing one of the peaks of watchmaking remastered with the true DNA of this great brand. To own such a complication is the pinnacle of any collection, to own a Grande and Petite Sonnerie by F P Journe is to own history.

42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed