F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII Hong Kong Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2013
    Case No: No. 40/69-VII
    Model Name: Vagabondage II
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1509, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 29.3mm length x 28.2mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate stamped Manfredi dated 17th September 2013, cloth, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the world of watchmaking, the exciting period of the late 20th century saw the boom of new talents, however amongst them all one name stood out in particular, and his name was Francois-Paul Journe. Since establishing his own brand in 1999, F.P. Journe timepieces have garnered a cult-like following over the years with collectors around the world paying their respect to the man behind the brand for his talent and innovative input to horology.

    Released in 2010, the Vagabondage II was F.P. Journe’s second timepiece featuring a tortue-shaped case. While the story of the Vagabondage is certainly an interesting one involving the request from a loyal client, to commissioning for a reputable Parisian House of Luxury, as well as to creating one off pieces for a charity auction, the very first limited edition series was released in 2006 via the Vagabondage I.

    The Vagabondage II is an interesting and innovative timepiece featuring jumping hours and minutes via rotating discs indicated through apertures that are perfectly aligned in the center of the dial along with its small seconds. Interestingly and quite unusually no brand name is mentioned on the dial but a cavalcade of details display the brand’s unmistakable genetic codes. The watch houses the in-house caliber 1509, a form movement, in pink gold, fitting perfectly into the case, beautifully finished, and features a constant force device that ensures that the energy from the mainspring is equally distributed with no loss each time the discs jump.

    Released with a limited edition in 68 pieces in pink gold and 69 pieces in platinum, the Vagabondage II is certainly a rare and unorthodox timepiece. The present example in platinum numbered 40 is offered in excellent overall condition and is further complete with its full set of accessories. With the recent high demand for F.P. Journe timepieces, this present example falls right into that category of sought after examples. Collectors should not miss this great opportunity of acquiring one.

  • 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 very fine and rare limited edition semi-skeletonized platinum tortue-shaped wristwatch with small seconds, jump hour and minutes, power reserve indication, certificate and presentation box, numbered 40 of a limited edition of 69 pieces

Circa 2013
29.3mm length x 28.2mm width
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$312,000 - 624,000 

Sold for HK$1,827,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021