F.P. Journe | Répétition Minutes Souveraine, A stainless steel minute repeating wristwatch with power reserve indication, Circa 2011 | Répétition Minutes Souveraine 精鋼三問腕錶，備動力儲備顯示，約2011年製
Répétition Minutes Souveraine
A stainless steel minute repeating wristwatch with power reserve indication, Circa 2011
Répétition Minutes Souveraine
Dial: whitened guilloche silver
Calibre: cal. 1408 mechanical, 33 jewels
Case: stainless steel, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws
Case number: 018-RM
Closure: black F.P. Journe alligator strap and stainless steel folding clasp
Size: 40 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity, instruction manual and presentation box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All function is working properly. The minute repeating is in phase with a nice tone and clarity. The watch is in excellent overall condition and is almost like new.
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."
One of the world’s most widely recognized independent watch makers of the past 21 years, François-Paul Journe has been using his historical knowledge and expertise to produce collections of wristwatches that symbolize excellence, precision, authenticity and chronometry.
The slim and elegant Répétition Minutes Souveraine was first introduced to the market in 2008. Discreet but ingenious, the movement of the watch is fitted with the brand’s signature flat hammers and gong which allows it to be mounted on the main plate of the movement. The pioneering arrangement of the movement allows F.P. Journe to maximize the usage rate of the movement and in retrospect reduces the total thickness of the watch to 8.8mm including the case. With all being said, the innovative design and assembly of the movement had allowed the watch to be originally crowned the world’s slimmest repeating wristwatch in 2008 which enhances the wearability of the timepiece.
Unlike a traditional repeater wristwatch where wearability was compromised for the effect of sound as many were purposely made larger for a better sounding tune, the present watch is much finer. Certain sacrifices such as the natural limitation of resonance due to a smaller case were made for the creation of the present watch, however the admiration for the watch cannot be simply determined by sound alone as F.P. Journe has employed many brilliant ideas to compensate for the differences. For example, from using a lower density material such as stainless steel, which can transmit sound better, it performs as well as the implication of the flat hammer gongs that are suppose to be louder than regular gongs.
The Répétition Minutes Souveraine is a watch that would leave an imprint in the history of horological science, as it represents the brand’s ideology of modern watchmaking in comparison to traditional repeaters that already have many examples available in the market.