F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2018
    Case No: 17/68-VIII
    Model Name: Vagabondage III
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1514, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe, deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37.5mm width x 37mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by F.P. Journe certificate dated 1st February 2018 stamped Montres Journe Hong Kong, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 2017, the F.P. Journe Vagabondage III was the final version of the Vagabondage series, released as a limited edition of 68 pieces in pink gold and 69 pieces in platinum. Encased in a classic tortue-shaped case used for all of Journe’s Vagabondage timepieces, what is housed inside is undoubtedly the main attraction. Conquering what was deemed to be impossible, the Vagabondage III was a true statement to the industry that indeed a jumping digital seconds complication was possible. Two discs rotating by the second at 6 o’clock displays the mechanism in full view, allowing the wearer to appreciate every single jump of the second.

    Exposed as extensively as possible, the dial side features the most elaborate skeletonization in comparison to the previous two Vagabondage models. Also featuring a digital jumping hour on the top left corner of the dial, this third Vagabondage was difficult to execute and assemble it together. As a result, the Vagabondage III is not only the most visually exposed of the series, but also the most technically challenging to accomplish. With the tremendous energy needed to power the digital jumping seconds, F.P. Journe incorporated his signature remontoire d'égalité mechanism to advance the time each second.

    Discontinued in 2019, the present example in pink gold is numbered 17 of a limited edition of 68 pieces and is offered in excellent overall condition and furthermore accompanied by the full set of accessories. To every Journe collector, this Vagabondage III represents a completely unique approach to the display of time an impressive technical feat that is worth collecting.

  • 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 attractive and rare limited edition semi-skeletonized pink gold tortue-shaped wristwatch with digital jump hours and seconds, power reserve indication, certificate and presentation box, numbered 17 of a limited edition of 68 pieces

Circa 2018
37.5mm width x 37mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$390,000 - 700,000 

Sold for HK$2,772,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021