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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2008
    Case No: 461-CS
    Model Name: Chronomètre Souverain
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: With F. P. Journe Warranty dated January 24, 2008 and signed Montre Journe Genève S. A., wooden presentation box, product literature, polishing cloth, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    François-Paul Journe is a modern watchmaker who brings technical skill and innovation to wristwatches that are classically designed but have a contemporary aesthetic. F.P. Journe, his company, was established in 1999, and follows the motto Invenit et Fecit or [He] invented it, a clear indication that the brand’s watches are fully designed and produced in house. With the collection “Souverain”, François Paul Journe presented his first wristwatch with a central time display.

    Offered in several variations, the principle objective of these timepieces, as the name of the collection implies, is chronometric precision. Even though its design is a tribute to traditional chronometers, it has been implemented in a subtly contemporary manner with its large hour and minute hands, and power reserve and seconds indications placed in an original manner at 3 o’clock and 7 to 8 o’clock respectively.

    The present, elite “Black Label” model with platinum case was only offered to existing owners of F.P. Journe watches, and only available to purchase through an F.P. Journe Boutique. With its beautiful and minimalist black guilloché dial with white Arabic numerals, it is easily readable, and its 40mm diameter case is well-proportioned and balanced, comfortably fitting wrists of all sizes. The highly accurate caliber 1304 is a marvel to look at, and is made from solid 18 karat pink gold, featuring two mainspring barrels allowing for a 56-hour power reserve. Contemporary, elegant yet classic, this timepiece is the perfect match between the genius of its creator and the elegance of a timeless design.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

An attractive and well-preserved platinum wristwatch with black dial, pink gold movement, power reserve, certificate of authenticity, and presentation box

Circa 2008
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $30,000

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Paul Boutros
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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018