F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN RUTHENIUM MODEL, NO. 38/99, CIRCA 2001

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F.P. JOURNE. A VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, RUTHENIUM DIAL AND MOVEMENT, GUARANTEE AND BOX
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN RUTHENIUM MODEL, NO. 38/99, CIRCA 2001
Movement: Ruthenium, manual
Dial: Ruthenium
Case: 40 mm.
With: Platinum F.P. Journe buckle, additional 18k white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, undated Certificate of Authenticity, undated Certificate numbered 38/99, product literature, polishing cloth, magnifying glass, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Limited edition of 99 pieces
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This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules and 7.7% VAT will be charged on the ‘hammer’ and the ‘buyer’s premium’

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Lot Essay

This limited edition Ruthenium Tourbillon is number 38 of only 99 pieces made between 2001 and 2003. This special series in platinum was produced at the end of the period when F.P. Journe was using brass movements. From 2004 onwards, Journe’s movements have famously been made from 18k gold. With the tremendous and continually growing interest in François-Paul Journe’s work, collectors have focused their attention on the early production and pre-production watches with brass movements. Consequently these watches which are an important part of F.P. Journe history have become extremely sought after and very difficult to obtain.

Superbly preserved, the present watch is accompanied by its original large-size paper Certificate which confirms the 40 mm. platinum case, ruthenium covered movement and 18k gold ruthenium covered dial. In addition, this watch is offered with product literature, polishing cloth, magnifying glass, presentation box and outer packaging

The Ruthenium Collection
Regarded as one of F.P. Journe’s most legendary and visually compelling, the collection comprises five different models, all produced during the final phase of the brass movement era. The Ruthenium Collection consists of: the Chronomètre à Résonance; Tourbillon Souverain; Octa Calendrier; Octa Chronographe and the Octa Réserve de Marche Jour et Nuit (a model that was only produced as part of the Ruthenium Collection). For the first time in any of Journe’s watches, the dials and movements of these timepieces were coated with ruthenium, an unusual metal that is part of the platinum family and has notable anti-corrosion properties. However, it was chosen largely due to its wonderfully subtle depth of colour and distinctive sheen which seems to change in tone depending on the play and strength of light. Each model has a 40 mm. diameter platinum case and was made in a limited edition of 99 pieces. In fact, the watches of the Ruthenium Collection are the only Journe watches with brass movements to have 40 mm. diameter cases, as opposed to the 38 mm. cases of other Journe brass movement watches of the period.

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