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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 116

    F.P. Journe. A fine and large platinum twin barrel wristwatch with power reserve


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    F.P. Journe. A fine and large platinum twin barrel wristwatch with power reserve
    Signed F.P. Journe, Chronomètre Souverain model, No. 009-CS, manufactured in 2005
    Calibre 1304 18K pink gold twin barrel lever movement, 21 jewels, white gold engine-turned dial, Arabic numerals on blank chapter ring, outer railway minute divisions, blued steel "Journe" hands, eccentric engine-turned subsidiary seconds, fan-shaped power reserve display, large circular case, glazed display back secured by six screws, 18K white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.

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    The present watch, no. 009, is the ninth example of a Chronomètre Souverain model in platinum ever made.

    The Chronomètre Souverain is inspired by early 19th century marine chronometry, fitted with an ultra slim manually wound 18K pink gold movement of only 3.7 mm that beats to a frequency of 21,600 alt/hour. The two barrels, supplying a power reserve of over 50 hours, operate in parallel to provide a constant force for unequalled precision.

    It is the first model in the Souverain collection to feature the brand's favorite blued hands. For the first time, the small subsidiary seconds dial is positioned to the left to 7 o'clock, while the 55-hour power reserve is placed to the right to 3 o'clock.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The following seven lots, 116 - 122, represent a selection of fine timepieces made by the ingenious watchmaker François-Paul Journe. Born in Marseille in 1957, he graduated from the Paris School of Watchmaking in 1976 and immediately joined forces with his uncle, a noted restorer of antique timepieces. Before creating his own complete line of wristwatches, Journe restored some of the world's most important historical timepieces, devised and built unique pocket watches to order and designed and made complications for prestigious watch brands.

    In 1996, F.P. Journe established a workshop in Geneva, designing and making watch mechanisms for other brands. Three years later, in 1999, he launched his own watches under the label "F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit"