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 2017
    Reference No: ELHT
    Case No: A-136
    Model Name: Élégante
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Electro-mechanical, cal. 1210, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 48mm overall length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe guarantee stamped by United States retailer Betteridge dated 11th February 2017, USB, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Conceptualized in 2005 by the esteemed watchmaker Francois Paul-Journe to revolutionize the concept of quartz movements, the Élégante underwent a total of eight years of research and development. The Élégante is truly no ordinary timepiece, to challenge the boundaries of longevity tied with the usual downfall of battery life in a quartz movement, Journe devised an ingenious hibernating capability as the watch reaches 35 minutes of inactivity.

    Equipped with a proprietary electro-mechanical movement that features a motion detector visible on the dial at 4:30 aperture, the watch is able to conserve its energy by stopping the hands and rotors while keeping time in the back of its mind. Once the watch is moved again, it awakens and miraculously readjusts to the current time by taking the shortest path—either clockwise or counter clockwise, a true delight to witness the magic. Furthermore, the luminous dial provides intense luminosity in the dark allowing the wearer to view the entire dial at night.

    Sporting in a modern titanium, the present example sized at 48mm and paired with a striking orange strap flatters all styles and all wrists. Offered in an excellent condition along with its original accessories, the Élégante proudly lives up to Journe’s philosophy “Invenit et Fecit”. Highly sought after, this is an excellent addition to collectors of haute horlogerie.

  • 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 fine and unusual electro-mechanical titanium tortue-shaped wristwatch with small seconds, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2017
48mm overall length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$403,200

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021