250,000 - 350,000 CHF
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- A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL MINUTE REPEATING GRANDE AND PETITE SONNERIE WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE
GRANDE ET PETITE SONNERIE CIRCA 2006
- diameter 42 mm thickness 12.5 mm
• cal. 1505 manual winding movement in 18k pink gold, 40 jewels, repeating on gongs activated by a button at 2 • silvered eccentric dial with guilloché centre, Arabic numerals, off-set engine-turned subsidiary seconds, dial secured by 3 screws to a brushed 18k white gold plate, sectors for power reserve indication and sonnerie function selector, aperture for hour and minute striking hammer, blued steel hands • stainless steel case, screwed down sapphire crystal display case back • case, dial and movement signed • with a stainless steel F.P. Journe buckle
For a company not yet ten years old F.P.Journe has provided us with some of the most interesting and innovative watches available. Before starting his own brand in 1999, François-Paul Journe, like many talented independent watchmakers, worked behind the scenes in the Swiss watchmaking world: providing ideas, expertise and complicated movements to the large brands. One of his projects was to design and build five Grande and Petite Sonnerie movements for Piaget; in the contract, however, he retained the right to make one movement for himself. This extraordinary piece was to become the first Grande Sonnerie wristwatch with F.P.Journe on the dial. The experience Journe gained with those watches gave him a first-hand appreciation of the diversity of methods that users could employ to damage the fragile and incredibly complicated movement that is at the heart of a Grande Sonnerie. The gold movement for the Sonnerie Souveraine is the first F.P.Journe movement to be completely manufactured in their very own workshops. It takes a truly great watchmaker to make a Grande Sonnerie, and very few experienced watchmakers are capable of assembling and adjusting a minute repeater, so assembling and adjusting a Grande Sonnerie with a minute repeater that functions within a case that fits comfortably on the wrist is incredibly complicated, and highlights the true quality and craftsmanship of this watch.