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.
Ref. Tourbillon Souverain
Limited to just 38 sets commemorating the discontinuation of the 38mm case , the Steel Tourbillon Souverain was a highlight of the Coffret series that is now lauded by collectors. Unique in the series for having a bespoke movement coined calibre 1493 it featured the bridges and base plate in rose gold, but is mechanically identical to the original brass tourbillon movement. This example is a fresh to market, single owner piece in outstanding condition.