Lot 53
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  • F.P. Journe
Dial: blueCalibre: cal. 1304 manual winding, 22 jewels Case: tantalum, sapphire crystal display back secured by 5 screwsCase number: 132-CBClosure: dark blue F. P. Journe alligator strap with F.P. Journe tantalum pin buckleDimensions: 39mm diameter Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: F. P. Journe Warranty Card dated 11 March 2011, F.P. Journe user manual and presentation case


DIAL: in very good condition, very minor mark on sub-dial under 10 second mark, hands in very good condition CASE: in overall good condition with small surface scratches throughout, with more visible scratches to the bezel at 12 o'clock, between 2 and 3 o'clock, between 7 and 8 o'clock and a small mark at 6 o'clock. MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion. **The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Francois-Paul Journe began his career as a clock restorer in France. Ultimately, the talented watchmaker created his own manufacture in 1999. His innovative approach to watchmaking and great sense of design inevitably made Francois Paul Journe one of the most acclaimed independent watchmakers and the only one to win the celebrated Aiguille d’Or prize three times. The Chronometre Bleu timepiece is innovative in many ways. To begin with, the case is made from tantalum, a seldom seen and difficult metal to work with. The dial, made by the Journe Cadrans integrated dial manufacture, is lacquered to perfection to resemble a striking blue mirror above which the cream Roman numerals appear to be floating. Finally, the twin barrel movement is made from 18ct gold, a unique brand signature. The Chronometre Bleu is among FP Journe’s most popular wristwatches to date and has become an increasingly sought-after piece.

The present example which left the Geneva ateliers in 2011 and stands in great condition is accompanied by its original warranty card, instructions manual and presentation case.