F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: ELHT
    Case No: B-155
    Model Name: Élégante
    Material: Titalyt
    Calibre: Electro mechanical, cal. 1210, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Titalyt F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 48mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied F. P. Journe International Guarantee dated December 15, 2021, fitted cloth presentation box, polish cloth and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    F. P. Journe’s Élégante electro-mechanical movement line was developed over an eight year span as a timepiece conceived for women collectors that combined luxury and ingenuity. First released in 2014, the line is still offered today in both 40mm and 48mm sizes, and cased in platinum, 18K pink gold, titanium, and like the present watch Titalyt, along with examples set with diamonds, enamel panels, or precious stones. A revolutionary technique, Titalyt is titanium subjected to electro-plasm oxidation, which improves the materials hardness and resistance to wear.

    The tortue-shaped case is reminiscent of early twentieth-century timepieces, yet the quartz mechanism inside is a modern technical marvel. Equipped with an electro-mechanical caliber with motion detection, the watch "hibernates" after 35 minutes of inactivity to save battery life by stopping the hands from moving. When the watch is moved again, a small motion detector at 4 o'clock "awakens" it, allowing the hands to be readjusted to the correct time. The dial is translucent white with black Arabic numerals and a chemin de fer outer ring, and it is entirely made with Super-LumiNova for total luminescence in darkness.

    The present Élégante with 48mm Titalyt case is paired with an orange rubber strap giving the watch a sporty yet elegant and sophisticated look. Offered by the original owner, the watch is in excellent condition and accompanied by its accessories.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to benefit Ukrainian refugees through Chabad Schluchim.

    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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Lot offered with No Reserve

An innovative and attractive electro-mechanical Titalyt tortue-shaped wristwatch with small seconds, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2021
48mm length
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed

$12,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $61,740

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022