F.P. Journe - The 2021 New York Watch Auction New York Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2005
    Case No: 076-04TN
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain
    Material: 18K pink gold, black mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe certificate of authenticity, instruction manual, polishing cloth, invoice, additional straps, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Francois-Paul Journe launched his namesake brand with the motto “invenit et fecit” (invented and made) in 1999, first introducing the Tourbillon Souverain Remointoir d’Egalite, known as the “T”. In 2003, Francois-Paul Journe pushed the boundaries of his timekeeping masterpiece further, upgrading the “T” to the “TN” model (“Tourbillon Nouveau”), the reference Tourbillon Souverain Remontoire d’Egalité avec Seconde Morte. “Seconde Morte”, the art of making time stand still, is the French term for “dead beat seconds”. This complication requires the utmost precision to reliably stop and restart the seconds hand as the escapement continues to beat—not moving until one second has elapsed, then jumping to the next second. Enhanced with a deadbeat seconds complication, the timepiece with constant force mechanism was designed for highly accurate, precision timekeeping. With the introduction of an 18 karat pink gold movement and cased predominantly in platinum as well as pink gold, it was in production until 2018. During this time, several iterations were made with limited and precious dials, such as the present, spectacular example manufactured for Sincere Fine Watches, the venerated Singaporean retailer, with a black mother-of-pearl dial.

    Mother-of-pearl is oft utilized in watchmaking, typically decorating the dials of various smaller and gem-set pieces. In this limited execution, the feminine connotation of mother-of-pearl is reversed, with the black mother-of-pearl almost disappearing until the light hits the dial at just the right angle and it’s as if the sun has set and the sky is awash in oranges, pinks, blues, and purples. With the mother of pearl, all these colors are present in their iridescent beauty.

    Produced in an extremely limited edition of just 5 examples for the 50th anniversary of Sincere Fine Timing (with the dates 1954-2004 engraved on the movement), it is offered by its original owner – an important aficionado of independent watchmaking. Preserved in uncompromised condition and with its box and extract from F.P. Journe, we are thrilled to offer this exceptional example of modern haute horologie.


  • 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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An extremely rare and beautiful limited edition pink gold tourbillon wristwatch with black mother-of-pearl dial, constant force remontoire, power reserve, dead beat seconds, certificate of authenticity, and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $718,200

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021