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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

New York, Dec 08, 2010

LOT 122

F.P. Journe, Unique Set of Six Platinum Wristwatches. Accompanied by the original box for the set, each numbered 1000, with individual instruction booklets and spare straps. A - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - oCta ChronograPh F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit", "Octa Chronographe", No. 1000-C. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, self-winding, platinum chronometer wristwatch with round button fly-back chronograph, 60-minute register, large date and a platinum F.P. Journe buckle.
B - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - oCta LUna F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit," "Octa Luna," No. 1000-L. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, self-winding, platinum chronometer wristwatch with 120-hour power reserve, large date, moon phases and platinum F.P. Journe buckle.
C - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - Chronomètre à résonanCe F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit," "Chronomètre à Résonance," No. 1000 R. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, two time zone, platinum chronometer wristwatch with resonance controlled twin independent movements, 40-hour power-reserve indication and a platinum F.P. Journe deployant clasp.
D - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - oCta aUtomatiC F. P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit," "Octa Automatic," No. 1000-A. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, self-winding, platinum chronometer wristwatch with 120-hour power reserve indicator, large date and a platinum F. P. Journe buckle.
E - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - oCta - retro annUaL CaLendar F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit", "Octa Calendrier," No. 1000-Q. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, self-winding, platinum chronometer wristwatch with annual calendar, retrograde date, large day of the week and month indication and a platinum F.P. Journe buckle.
F - f.P. JoUrne - PLatinUm - toUrbiLLon - soUverain F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit", "Remontoir d'Egalité - Tourbillon Souverain," No. 1000-T. Made in 2005. Very fine and rare, platinum chronometer wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator and constant force remontoir, 42- hour power reserve indication and a platinum F.P. Journe buckle.

A C. Two-body, solid, polished, concave lugs, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with off-center subsidiary white guilloche dials with painted radial Arabic numerals for the hours and minutes, seconds and 60-minute register secured to the 18K pink gold plate by 6 screws, aperture for the double digit date. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. 1300, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 30 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights adjusted to 5 positions, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, off-center bi-directional 22K gold guilloche rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Movement also engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer." Diam. 38 mm. Thickness: 10 mm.
B C. Three-body, solid, polished, concave lugs, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with off-center subsidiary white guilloche dial with painted radial Arabic numerals for the hours and minutes on an 18K gold dial plate, screw-fastened outer guilloche white ring with painted radial Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, sector for the 120 hour up and down indication, apertures for the large double digit date and the moon phases. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. 1300, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 30 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights adjusted to 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, off-center bidirectional 22K gold guilloche rotor. Dial, case and movement signed. Movement also engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer." Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 10 mm.
C C. Two-body, solid, polished, transparent case back with 6 screws, concave lugs, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with twin subsidiary guilloche silver dials with concentric radial Arabic numerals for hours and minutes and the off-set seconds secured to an 18K gold dial plate, up and down indication at 12. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. F.P. Journe 1499-2, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, twin independent complete trains set on a single plate, 36 jewels, twin straight-line lever escapements, twin beryllium 4-arm balances with 4 adjustable timing weights, shock absorbers, self-compensating free-sprung Invar balance springs. One of the escapements is mounted on a small platform pivoting around the second wheel by means of rack and pinion to adjust the distance between the 2 balances in order to find the most efficient position for resonance synchronization. Dial and case signed. Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 9 mm.
D C. Two-body, solid, polished, concave lugs, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with off-center, guilloche silver with painted radial Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds dial secured to an 18K gold dial plate, sector for the 120-hour power reserve indication, aperture for the large double digit date. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. 1300, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 30 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights adjusted to 5 positions, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, off-center bi-directional 22K gold guilloche rotor. Dial, case and movement signed, movement also engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer." Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 11 mm.
E C. Two-body, solid, polished, concave lugs, transparent case back with 6 screws, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with off-center, guilloche silver with painted radial Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds dial secured to an 18K gold dial plate, outer sector for the retrograde date indication, apertures for the days of the week and the month. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. 1300, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 30 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights adjusted to 5 positions, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, off-center bi-directional 22K gold guilloche rotor. Dial, case and movement signed, movement also engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer." Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 11 mm.
F C. Two-body, solid, polished, transparent case back with 6 screws, concave lugs, sapphire crystals. d. Champagne with off-center, guilloche silver with painted radial Arabic numerals secured to an 18K gold dial plate, apertures for the constant force remontoir at 6 and tourbillon regulator under a polished steel bridge at 9, power reserve indication at 12. Blued steel Journe hands. m. Cal. 1498, brass , rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 25 jewels, lateral lever escapement with one minute tourbillon regulator with "A"-shaped tourbillon frame and polished steel bridge, monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights, self-compensating Breguet balance spring with Phillips terminal curve, constant-force remontoir with 18K gold wheel and blade spring, controlled by a spinning vane and armed once a second by the force of the mainspring, insuring a steady flow of power to the balance for a more constant timing rate. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm. Thickness: 9 mm.

USD 200,000 - 300,000

CHF 200,000 - 300,000 / EUR 145,000 - 215,000

Sold: USD 200,500


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1**

As new

Repair required, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

François-Paul Journe is a French watchmaker and was born in Marseille in 1957. After graduating from the Ecole d?horlogerie of Paris he worked as an apprentice for his uncle a well established clock restorer. In 1985 he established his own workshop in Paris creating timepieces for collectors. In 1988 after receiving the Bleustein Blanchet prize, he creates a sympathique clock for Asprey of London. In 1994, he is the laureate of the very prestigious Gaïa prize for best watchmaker. He established Montre Journe SA in 1999, launching FP Journe watch collection at the Basel fair that year. FP Journe had tremendous success in the last 10 years and has received numerous prizes from the Grand prix of Geneva, including the Aiguille d?Or in 2006 and 2008.
FP Journe set: This unique set was made for a prestigious New York retailer in 2004. It represents the entire FP Joune - ?Invenit et Fecit? collection at the time comprising of 6 watches in platinum with a champagne dial and fitted with the early brass movements which was discontinued in 2004. Each watch in the set are numbered 1000
A Chronograph from the Collection Octa introduced in 2001. The chronograph module is housed in a space less than 1mm thick.
B Lune from the Collection Octa introduced in 2003. That particular model was made in a small production for only one year with a moonphase indicator
C Chronomètre à Résonance from the Collection Souveraine introduced in 2000. A watch fitted with two balances, when both balances are in motion, they reach a state of "sympathy" through the effect of resonance and began to beat naturally in the opposite direction. The two balances therefore support each other, giving greater inertia to their movimient sent.
D Reserve de Marche from the Collection Octa introduced in 2001. The caliber was designed to maintain a diameter of 30mm and a thickness of 5.7 mm whatever complication is incorporated. It is the first automatic movement with a power reserve of 120 hours (5 days).
E Calendrier from the Collection Octa introduced in 2001. The annual calendar indicates date in two windows and the date advances automatically for months with 29,30 and 31 days. In non-leap year, the date is advanced manually.
F Tourbillon from the Collection Souveraine introduced in 1999. The watch is fitted with a remontoir, a system made of a constant force wheel which regulates the pressure of the escapement and ensures excellent stability of rating.