PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
F.P. JOURNE | TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN D'EGALIT, AN EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIRE, POWER RESERVE INDICATION AND BRASS MOVEMENT, CIRCA 2001
Estimate: 900,000 - 1,200,000 HKD
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN D'EGALIT
AN EARLY PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIRE, POWER RESERVE INDICATION AND BRASS MOVEMENT, CIRCA 2001
Dial: yellow gold
Calibre: cal. 1498 mechanical, 25 jewels
Case: platinum, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws
Case number: 108/01T
Closure: black F.P. Journe alligator strap and platinum buckle
Size: 38 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity card, instruction manual and presentation box
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The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All function is working properly. The watch is in excellent condition with minor signs of wear toward the bottom of the lugs. The buckle with minor signs of wear visible with a strong loupe.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
**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."
Launched in 1999, the Tourbillon Souverain d'Egalité marked the first usage of a constant force remontoire in a wristwatch, a timekeeping mechanism that would regulate the uneven force delivered by the mainspring. However, it is by combining the remontoire with the tourbillon that acts as a successful tribute to F. P. Journe's technical genius in the creation of complicated modern wristwatches firmly rooted in horological tradition. Although the Tourbillon Souverain has been in F.P. Journe’s production for 21 years, only the ones that were produced from 1999 to 2003 were classified as the D’Egalit model. While the ones afterward would be classified as the Avec Seconde Morte as they would further include a fascinating deadbeat seconds function as well. For the D’Egalit model such as the present watch, collectors were able to identify four significant series of the model produced. The present model which would be considered the fourth generation of the D’Egalit model can be identified with its smaller dial screws and pronounced case back engravings. In recent years the market has shown a great appreciation for all of F.P. Journe’s earlier rhodium-plated brass movements. However, among all, it would undoubtedly be the earlier Tourbillon Sourverain that captures the heart of all collectors. With approximately 240 to 410 pieces of the D’Egalit made, the current watch offered is in very good overall condition and also accompanied by the original certificate and presentation box that is surely a great piece of F.P. Journe’s heritage.