F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2017
    Case No: 7183-05/28
    Model Name: Chronomètre Souverain “Holland & Holland”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe certificate and warranty dated December 23rd 2017, original purchase invoice, Holland & Holland x F.P. Journe information booklet, and co-signed fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    As much as F.P. Journe timepieces are known for pushing the technical boundaries of haute horlogerie, some of his most coveted timepieces possess simpler movements paired with audacious design elements. An example of this audacity is the Chronomètre Souverain “Holland & Holland”, a limited series of 66 watches first released in 2017.

    Two historical gun barrels made of Damascus steel sourced from renowned gunsmith Holland & Holland’s own museum were made available as the focal point of an exquisite series of timepieces. Barrel number 7183 dating to 1882, the source of the present watch’s dial, produced 28 dials and is reflected in the reference number of the watch. The other barrel, number 1382, relinquished 38 dials and dates to 1868. Each barrel was cut, rolled flat and cut again to create the requisite thickness for a dial at Holland & Holland’s factory. Then, the artisans at F.P. Journe’s own dial maker, Les Cadraniers de Genève, cut the shape of the dial out of those pieces. These dials were then returned to Holland & Holland where they underwent a “browning” process similar to “blueing” of steel in watchmaking which emphasizes the unique curves and patterns in the steel.

    Rarely ever are F.P. Journe timepieces cased in steel, but this was the only fitting material to encircle such a dial. Only existing Journe and Holland & Holland clients were invited to apply to receive one of these rare timepieces. From the original owner, and complete with all of its original accessories, all proceeds from the hammer price result will be donated by the consignor to UNICEF.


  • 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 unusual and exceptional limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with “Damascus steel" dial, certificate of origin, and presentation box, numbered 5 of a 28 piece limited edition, sold to benefit charity

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $177,800

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