• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2735

    Important Watches

    2 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2918

    F.P. JOURNE, VAGABONDAGE, INVENIT ET FECIT

    PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET MANUALLY-WOUND MYSTERY WRISTWATCH

    NO. 08-VJ, CIRCA 2004

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    F.P. JOURNE, VAGABONDAGE, INVENIT ET FECIT

    PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET MANUALLY-WOUND MYSTERY WRISTWATCH
    NO. 08-VJ, CIRCA 2004

    18k gold full-plate movement, 19 jewels, dial with visible mono-metallic compensation balance, Arabic numerals for the wandering hours on revolving ring, time indicated by pointed white frame, calibre-cut diamond-set bezel, two-part case, screwed transparent case back, 18k white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 36 mm.


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    US$80,000-100,000
    EUR55,000-70,500

    With a F.P. Journe presentation box.

    François-Paul Journe was 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. In 1996, 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".

    The Vagabondage series was manufauctured in a limited series of 69 pieces cased in platinum. A further 10 examples were set with baguette diamonds such as the present lot. The Vagabondage was introduced to the market in 2005 and takes its name from the unique way in which time is displayed in a wandering manner.

    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, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.