• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 21

    F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare platinum automatic tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir and power reserve


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    F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare platinum automatic tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir and power reserve
    Signed F.P. Journe, Invenit et Fecit, Remontoir d'Egalité, Tourbillon Souverain, No. 045/99T, manufactured in 1999
    Cal. 1498 full plate rhodium-plated brass lever movement, 25 jewels, visible one minute tourbillon carriage with monometallic compensation balance, eccentric engine-turned white gold dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel "Journe" hands, screwed onto the brushed white 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, platinum F.P. Journe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    With F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity and Warranty card dated May 2000, three-tier veneered presentation box and outer packaging.

    According to the Archives of F.P. Journe, the present watch was manufactured in 1999.

    The first series of F.P. Journe's production, such as the watch offered here for sale, featured a different dial finish, rendering the white gold a more gilt-coloured hue. They were furthermore fitted with the rhodium-plated brass movement as opposed to the pink gold version of later models.

    Examples from the very first generation are today much sought-after collector's watches.

    The Tourbillon Souverain, another of F.P. Journe's horologic masterworks, is distinguished by its complications, combing a one minute tourbillon with a remontoir. 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.

    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.