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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: ELHT
    Case No: A-381
    Model Name: Élégante
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Electro mechanical, cal. 1210, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber F. P. Journe strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 48mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe International Guarantee dated July 12, 2019, and stamped Govberg Jewelers, fitted presentation box, leather card holder with USB, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its inception, the F. P. Journe brand has been known for exemplary workmanship and technical innovation. With the introduction of the Élégante line in 2014, Journe brought forward a 21st century quartz movement, which was in development for eight years; an electro-mechanical caliber with motion detection. Originally intended as a lady’s line of watches, Journe released the 48mm men’s Élégante in 2016 – a welcome departure from the classic designs of his well-known masterpieces such as the Tourbillon Souverain, Resonance, Chronomètre Souverain, and Octa Reserve de Marche.

    The tortue-shaped case is reminiscent of timepieces from the early 20th century, but the 21st-century quartz movement within is a technical marvel. To preserve battery life, the watch “hibernates” after 30 minutes of inactivity, stopping the hands from moving. When the watch is moved again, a small motion detector at 4 o’clock “awakens” the watch, which readjusts the hands to the correct time. The dial is translucent white made with Super-LumiNova featuring black Arabic numerals, and a railway outer ring. The line is still offered today with a selection of both lady’s and men’s watches ranging in size from 40mm to 48mm, and in platinum, gold and titanium, along with diamonds and precious stones.

    F. P. Journe is a master watchmaker, and his collection of watches seeks to satisfy collectors of all types. In the Élégante, he has achieved success with a classic design, and innovative movement that is both elegant and a delight to wear. The present example is preserved in excellent condition, and comes complete with its original box and papers.

  • 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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Ref. ELHT
A fine and attractive electro mechanical tortue-shaped wristwatch with international guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2019
48mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
$6,000 - 12,000 
CHF5,300-10,700
€4,900-9,900
HK$46,500-93,000

Sold for $27,720

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New York Auction 12 December 2020