F.P. JOURNE | TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN D'EGALIT, AVEC SECONDE MORTE A PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIRE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION, CIRCA 2010
Estimate: 800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD
TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN D'EGALIT, AVEC SECONDE MORTE
A PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH CONSTANT FORCE REMONTOIRE, DEAD BEAT SECONDS AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION, CIRCA 2010
Calibre: cal. 1403 mechanical, 26 jewels
Case: platinum, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws
Case number: 293-TN
Closure: navy F.P. Journe alligator strap and platinum buckle
Size: 40 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity card, instruction manual and presentation box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All function is working properly. The bezel with very minor signs of wear specifically at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock. Otherwise the watch is in excellent overall condition. The buckle with surface wear particularly toward the edges. The watch has only been worn a handful of times.
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.
"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."
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. It is through this watch that F.P. Journe rose to fame in the world of horology.
To continue with developing a greater and more technologically advanced watch, in 2004, F.P. Journe decided to replace the d'Egalité model with a newer and better Avec Seconde model. Although very similar, the Avec Seconde includes a deadbeat seconds which is used to ensure the precision of time keeping.
Awarded the 'Aiguille d'or' from the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix in 2004, this model has proven to be a great success amongst watch aficionados for its traditional technological advancements as well as its proportionately designed visual appeal. Discontinued in 2019, this model will soon be remembered as one of the most important wristwatches of the 20th century.
Offered in exceptional condition, the present watch is further accompanied with all original accessories and is fresh to the market.