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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2017
    Case No: No. 67/68-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 27th July 2017 stamped Montres Journe New York, instruction manual, copy of the original invoice, cloth, 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 18K 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. An horological first, it was the first ever mechanical wristwatch to incorporate a jumping digital seconds display. 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 the most difficult to execute. 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.

    The present example in 18K pink gold is offered in excellent overall condition and accompanied by the full set of accessories. Numbered 67 of a limited edition of 68 pieces, the present watch was the second to last example manufactured. Elegant, thin, and extremely wearable, the Vagabondage III with its jumping hours and seconds is certainly one of the most interesting wristwatches ever to be produced by any manufacturer.

    Consigned by the Original Owner

  • 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 very fine and rare limited edition pink gold tortue-shaped wristwatch with digital jump hours and seconds, power reserve indication, certificate and box, numbered 67 of a limited edition of 68 pieces

Circa 2017
37.5mm width x 37mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.

$35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $245,700

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New York Auction 12 December 2020