F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, GRANDE ET PETITE SONNERIE, SONNERIE SOUVERAINE MODEL, COMPLETED IN JANUARY 2009

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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH MIRROR-POLISHED PETROL BLUE DIAL, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, GRANDE ET PETITE SONNERIE, SONNERIE SOUVERAINE MODEL, COMPLETED IN JANUARY 2009
Movement: Manual, engraved with the original owner’s name
Dial: Mirror polished petrol blue with the FIA 7th Constructors’ Formula One World Champions logo
Case: 42 mm. diam., engraved “ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS / JANVIER 2009 / AB IMO PECTORE / POUR *. **** (owner’s name)”
With: Stainless steel F.P. Journe deployant clasp, Certificate of Guarantee dated 2009, stainless steel F.P. Journe bracelet and deployant clasp, overall length approximately 190 mm., stainless steel F.P. Journe buckle, magnifying glass, extra components, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Specially produced as a unique personalized bespoke piece for the present owner
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

Made as a very special and personal bespoke piece for the present owner, this sensational and superb Grande and Petite Sonnerie minute repeater is without doubt one of the most important and significant individual watches of the entire Sonnerie Souveraine production. Attention is immediately drawn to the extraordinary mirror-polished petrol blue dial, with a beauty and depth of blue colour that is quite impossible to put into words. Thought to be unique among Sonnerie Souveraines, the petrol blue dial colour is achieved by applying multiple layers of blue lacquer, each layer applied by hand and then polished to a mirror finish before the next coat is applied. Such is the time and intense labour required to produce a perfect dial of this type that François-Paul Journe has said that the in-house bluing process is one of the most complicated of the Journe dials to create and naturally, only perfection will do. The resulting blue colour has such incredible depth and most fascinatingly the multiple polished layers have the effect of making the dial appear to change colour, indeed it seems to be no one colour, but changes according to the light from an almost black tone to a vivid petrol blue.

Every aspect of this remarkable Sonnerie Souveraine has been personalized by François-Paul Journe for the present owner. The caseback and movement, is of course, ‘baptized’ with the original owner’s name. However, in addition, and most importantly, the dial and case are also completely personalized, an honour only granted to those who are the greatest friends and collaborators of the Journe brand. Firstly, the dial is emblazoned with the FIA 7th Constructors’ Formula One World Champions logo and secondly, the caseback is engraved with the Latin inscriptions: “ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS”, quoted from the first two lines of the Aphorismi by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, roughly meaning “skillfulness takes time and life is short”. It is further engraved “AB IMO PECTORE”, meaning "from the bottom of my heart", "with deepest affection", or "sincerely" and attributed originally to Julius Caesar. These profound words reveal the closeness and respect that the maker and owner have for each other.

THE SONNERIE SOUVERAINE
F.P. Journe’s steel cased Grande and Petite Sonnerie Minute Repeater Souveraine is a masterpiece that very few watchmakers in the world are capable of producing. In recognition of F.P. Journe’s incredible achievement, the Sonnerie Souveraine won the tremendous accolade of First Prize in the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève in 2006. Produced from 2006-2018, all pieces were made in stainless steel, except 1 or 2 pieces made in pink gold with special dials. Only four pieces of this extremely exclusive model were made each year for a total of less than 60 pieces made and consequently it is very rarely offered at international auction.

In 2008, François-Paul Journe was asked what had been his greatest challenge in watchmaking so far…. “The creation of the Grande Sonnerie watch was quite a challenge. The Grand Strike is the most complicated of all watch-making functions. My version required 10 patents (which is the source of the “Invenit” (invent) part of our motto) and six years of research and development to make (the “Fecit” (made) portion of the motto). The F.P. Journe Grande Sonnerie has no equal in the whole world. It is the most complete and the most achieved timepiece ever made”.

The genius of the Sonnerie Souveraine is its practical functionality, The fact that François-Paul Journe chose a stainless steel case for this model because of its better acoustic properties demonstrates that he places technical excellence and perfection of function first and foremost. The Grande and Petite Sonnerie striking complication itself is unquestionably the highest of all complications and represents the very finest watchmaking skills. In fact, so difficult was this complication to construct that it was not until as late as 1992 that the first ever Grande and Petite Sonnerie wristwatch was successfully created by another watchmaking genius, Philippe Dufour. Combining a quarter striking mechanism with a minute repeater, it provides an audible striking as it passes each quarter hour, and a minute repeating function is available on demand. The gold caliber 1505 manual winding movement for the Sonnerie Souveraine was the first F.P. JOURNE movement to be completely manufactured in their very own workshops in Geneva, it takes one watchmaker more than three months to assemble the 582 separate components. Both the case and dial are also manufactured in-house. To activate the minute repeater, the button at 2 o’clock is pressed, for selection of Grande Sonnerie / Petite Sonnerie or silent mode, the button at 4 o’clock is used along with the corresponding indicator sector on the dial to select the desired mode. Demonstrating how very personal each example of the Sonnerie Souveraine is to both François-Paul Journe and its subsequent fortunate owner, the Sonnerie Souveraine does not have a serial number, but is instead engraved with the owner's name on both the case and the movement and inscribed on the Certificate. According to F.P. Journe, such personalization “gives it a soul, a personality, and an identity – all things a watch should have”. Furthermore, each watch was provided with extra movement parts so that the integrity of the watch can be maintained long into the future.

HISTORY OF THE BRAND
François-Paul Journe has been “inventing” and “making” watches for over 40 years. He draws on his historical knowledge and expertise to face the most daring horological challenges, demonstrating a timeless consistency in research and innovation with a single goal: make each timepiece as accurate as possible. Excellence and precision are the essence of an F.P.Journe watch, as well as authenticity and chronometry. F.P.Journe produces all its movements in 18K rose Gold, a first in the watch world and a unique feature of the brand. Signed with the label -Invenit et Fecit - (invented and made), each F.P.Journe exclusive movement guarantees a Manufacture calibre, entirely invented, constructed, and assembled in the Geneva workshops. With a limited production of less than 900 mechanical timepieces per year, the F.P.Journe Manufacture honours artisanal work. The exceptional F.P.Journe high horology creations have spanned over decades showcasing an exceptional watch pedigree from the astounding Sonnerie Souveraine to the amazing Octa automatic calibre featured in the prototype FFC BLUE, unique timepiece exclusively developed for ONLY WATCH 2021 and which sold for 4.5 million Swiss Francs.

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