F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, TOURBILLON REMONTOIR D'EGALITE, REF. T, NO. 168/02T, CIRCA 2002

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F.P. JOURNE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE, CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIR, DEAD BEAT SECONDS, BRASS MOVEMENT, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, TOURBILLON REMONTOIR D'EGALITE, REF. T, NO. 168/02T, CIRCA 2002
Movement: Cal. 1498, manual
Dial: Matte gold
Case: 38 mm. diam.
With: Platinum F.P. Journe buckle, Authenticity Certificate confirming the present watch was delivered to Belgium in 2002, wooden presentation box and outer packaging
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This watch offered for sale is pictured with straps made of endangered or protected animal materials such as alligator or crocodile. These endangered species straps are shown for display purposes only and are not for sale. Christie’s will remove and retain the strap prior to shipment from the sale site. At some sale sites, Christie’s may, at its discretion, make the displayed endangered species strap available to the buyer of the lot free of charge if collected in person from the sale site within 1 year of the date of the sale. Please check with the department for details on a particular lot.

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Lot Essay

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.

Consigned by an important private collector and preserved in excellent overall condition, the present watch is from the highly sought after 'Reference T'. Its number, 168/02T, indicates that it is the 168th watch of the series, made in 2002.

Introduced at Baselworld in 1999, the ‘Reference T’ it is not only F.P. Journe’s first production watch but also the very first wristwatch ever to use a constant force remontoire, a mechanism to improve timekeeping that regulates the variable force delivered by the mainspring to the escapement as it unwinds.

The Tourbillon Souverain’s combination of remontoire with tourbillon successfully showcases F. P. Journe's technical and design genius in the creation of a highly complicated modern wristwatch yet one whose roots are firmly in the great horological traditions.

From the ‘Reference T’ series, four dial generations have been identified:

First generation:
"Souscription" series, only 20 pieces made, sold to collectors who paid prior to completion of the watches, as the name indicates. The watches are numbered from 1/20 to 20/20 on the dial and on the case, the dials inscribed only "Invenit et Fecit / F.P. Journe". The cock for the remontoire is rounded.

Second generation:
Reference T, the first watches made as a production series. The dials are signed “Invenit et Fecit / F.P. Journe" and "Remontoir d'Egalité". As with the Souscription watches, the cock for the remontoire is rounded.

Third generation:
Increased size power reserve numerals, almost the same size as the minutes. Flat remontoir cock.

Fourth generation, the present one:
This dial type is characterised by smaller dial screws.

Early series tourbillons are also distinguished by their case backs. The souscription watches feature hand-engraved lettering, subsequent examples, numbered from 21 onwards, show shallow case back engravings, with the lettering etched in outline. The case backs were secured by conventional, slotted screws, often exchanged during a servicing at F.P. Journe against Holt head screws, now standard on all of the firm's watches.

Until the launch of the ‘Reference TN’ or ‘Tourbillon Nouveau’ in April 2004, the Tourbillon Souverain series used the caliber 1498 rhodium-plated brass movement. From 2004 onwards, it was replaced by a movement made of gold and named caliber 1403.

Consequently, these early examples of the model with rhodium-plated brass movements are now recognized as an important milestone in the brand’s history and have become highly prized by serious F.P. Journe collectors.

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