F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2019
    Case No: No. A-331-ELHT
    Model Name: Élégante 48
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Electro-mechanical, cal. 1210, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium
    Dimensions: 48mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe International Guarantee Card dated July 12th, 2019, user manual USB, additional navy blue rubber strap, fitted suede presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Conceptualized in 2005 by the esteemed watchmaker Francois Paul-Journe to revolutionize the concept of quartz movements, the Élégante underwent a total of eight years of research and development. The Élégante is truly no ordinary timepiece. To challenge the boundaries of longevity tied with the usual downfall of battery life in a quartz movement, Journe devised an ingenious hibernating capability as the watch reaches 35 minutes of inactivity.

    Equipped with a proprietary electro-mechanical movement that features a motion detector visible through a dial aperture at 4:30, the watch can conserve its energy by stopping the hands and motors while keeping time in memory. Once the watch is moved again, it awakens and miraculously readjusts to the current time by taking the shortest path—either clockwise or counterclockwise – a true delight to witness the magic. Furthermore, the luminous dial provides intense luminosity in the dark allowing the wearer to view the entire dial at night.

    The present Élégante cased in titanium is paired with an oxblood red rubber strap that perfectly embraces the wrist with sophistication. Offered in an excellent overall condition and accompanied with its original accessories, the Élégante is certainly one of the most sought after independent timepiece born for the discerning collector with a passion for horology.

  • 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 unusual and innovative electro-mechanical titanium wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

48mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.

$12,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $56,700

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022