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 2006
    Case No: 609-TN
    Model Name: Tourbillon Souverain
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1403, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F. P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1999 Francois-Paul Journe launched his brand with the introduction of the Tourbillon Souverain featuring a world premiere remontoire system. In 2004, he pushed his concept one step further by creating a new generation tourbillon that not only maintained the remontoire (serving as a constant force device, resulting in greater accuracy and amplitude for the tourbillon-equipped escapement) but also added a "seconde morte", or deadbeat seconds.

    The mesmerizing complication was first implemented in the mid-seventeenth century, but not used in wristwatches until the mid-twentieth century. The seconds hand of a dead beat seconds watch will completely stop as the escapement continues to beat, not moving until one second has elapsed - at which point it will advance to indicate the next second. This seems like a simple feature but requires a complex and precise mechanism to reliably stop and restart the seconds hand so that it does not move at the same rate as the vibration of the balance wheel. It was also with this second generation tourbillon that Journe increased the case size of his watches from 38mm to 40mm and introduced his pink gold movements, as he wanted the movements – the most important element of the watch - to be made in precious metal.

    Now discontinued and perfectly balanced at 40mm, this is a contemporary horological masterpiece deriving its beauty and accuracy from the best elements of the past and the present.

  • 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 attractive and elegant platinum tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve and dead seconds

Circa 2006
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed

$120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for $289,800

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022