F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2007
    Case No: No. 543-CS
    Model Name: Chronomètre Souverain, “DeBoulle”
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated F.P. Journe Certificate of Origin, product literature, fitted presentation box, cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Undoubtedly, the Chronomètre Souverain is one of his most recognisable creations and as its name suggests, offers chronometric precision. Conceived in 2005, this was his first timepiece that carries a central time display. Among the rarest variant of its kind, the present watch is part of a limited edition of 8 pieces, specially designed in 2007 for De Boulle, the American retailer based in Texas.

    Housed within a traditional platinum case, the model is made apparent by its dual-toned ‘tuxedo’ dial in silver and ruthenium. An alluring visual dissonance is created by the layering of a Clous de Paris guilloche centre, a dimmed outer track that highlights the embossed Arabic numerals, along with the sunken power reserve and sweeping seconds sub-registers. Another subtle yet seductive detail is the brand’s signature blued steel hands. This iconic feature forms a beautiful contrast against the silver dial, which not only is easy on the eyes but is also highly functional as it enhances legibility.

    Appearing at Phillips Auctions for the first time, the present example is one of a limited edition of eight F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain watches, tailored for “DeBoulle”. Offered in excellent overall condition with its original accessories, the opportunity to secure this timepiece is as rare as the dress watch itself.

  • 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 highly collectable and attractive limited edition platinum wristwatch with small seconds, power reserve indication, guilloche dial, certificate, presentation box, one of a limited edition of 8 pieces made for DeBoulle

Circa 2007
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$300,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$945,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)