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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 118

    F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare platinum automatic tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve, pink gold and silver dial


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    F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare platinum automatic tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve, pink gold and silver dial
    Signed F.P. Journe, Invenit et Fecit, Tourbillon Souverain, No. 194-02T, manufactured in 2002
    Cal. 1498 full plate rhodium-plated brass lever movement, 25 jewels, visible one minute tourbillon carriage with monometallic compensation balance, eccentric engine-turned white silver dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel "Journe" hands, screwed onto the 18K pink gold dial plate, eccentric fan-shaped power reserve display, constant force remontoir visible through a small glazed window to 6 o'clock, large circular case, glazed display back secured by six screws, 18K white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    With F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity and Warranty dated 29 May 2002, instruction manual, polishing cloth, three-tier wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

    The new Tourbillon Souverain, another of F.J. Journe's horologic masterworks, is distinguished by its complications, combing a one minute tourbillon with a remontoir and independent seconds. The remontoir provides a constant force to the balance, hence maintaining an equal rate of force whether the watch is fully wound or not and increasing the precision.

    The independent seconds, a unique feature in a contemporary wristwatch, provides a more accurate reading of time. The French term for "independent seconds", "seconde morte" or "dead seconds" comes from the fact that the hand remains motionless ("dead") for as long as the second has not actually elapsed, meaning the second is only indicated once completed.

    François-Paul Journe's ingenious masterpiece is the first wristwatch combining a remontoir d'égalité, dead beat seconds and a tourbillon regulator.

    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 five lots, 118 - 122, are consigned by a private collector. All cased in platinum, the watches are preserved in like new condition.

    The first series of F.P. Journe's production, such as the watches offered here for sale, featured a different dial finish, rendering the pink gold a more bronze-coloured hue. Examples from the very first generation are today much sought-after collector's watches.

    Lots 119 to 122 are from the celebrated Octa collection of mechanical wristwatch chronometers, introduced into the market in 2001. The series is distinguished by the self-winding movements with the extraordinary power reserve of 5 days or 120 hours while maintaining a case diameter of 38 mm. and thickness of 5.7 mm., regardless of the complications added.