Tourbillon Souverain à Remontoir d'Egalite | A platinum tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve indication and brass movement, Circa 1999 | F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain à Remontoir d'Egalite | 鉑金陀飛輪腕錶備恆動力裝置、動力儲存顯示及黃銅機芯，約1999年製
June 15, 05:21 PM GMT
500,000 - 1,000,000 USD
Tourbillon Souverain à Remontoir d'Egalite
A platinum tourbillon wristwatch with constant force remontoir, power reserve indication and brass movement, Circa 1999
F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain à Remontoir d'Egalite
Caliber: cal. 1498 mechanical brass movement, 25 jewels
Case: platinum, sapphire crystal display back secured by six screws
Case number: 53/99T
Closure: platinum F.P. Journe buckle
Size: 38 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: F.P. Journe presentation box and International Warranty card (undated)
Francois-Paul Journe’s Tourbillon Souverain is a landmark in contemporary independent watchmaking.
F.P. Journe started his watchmaking career restoring clocks and pocket watches and completing commissions received from some of the world's leading luxury brands including Cartier, Piaget and Harry Winston. Today, he is one of the most popular, collectable and collected watchmakers in the world.
In 1999, Journe initiated the Souscription following the footsteps of Abraham-Louis Breguet and 20 close clients and friends committed a deposit that allowed F.P. Journe to build 20 Tourbillon Souverain watches for each of them, and allowed Journe to start his own namesake manufacture. Each watch was numbered at 1 o'clock and measured 38mm in diameter, making them oversized watches for the time. The Tourbillon Souverain à Remontoir d'Egalite became the first wristwatch combining a remontoire constant force device and tourbillon.
The earliest of these souscription tourbillons were numbered on the dial from “1/20” to “20/20” as well as on the case back beside the crown. After these first 20 examples, the following watches were numbered on the caseback only and the numbering continued where the subscriptions watches ended with No 21. Between No 21 and 34, the were numbered ‘NoXX’ on the caseback, and then from the 35 examples onwards, the were numberd ‘XX/99T” (the ‘99 referring to the production year. For this very first production year, it is believed that approximately 60 examples were made in total.
The dials of these early watches are broken down into 3 main generations as follows
1st Generation - (1999) 20 examples, the ‘Souscription’ watches
2nd Generation (1999) estimated run of 16 or 17 examples
3rd Generation (1999) estimated run of circa 30 examples
Most dials from these early watches have yellow gold-plated dials, with considerably less fitted with white gold-plated dials. Rose gold-plated are known, but on only a handful of examples.
The current watch, number 53/99T is from the 3rd generation from 1999. The watch is presented in superb condition having never been polished and having only been worn on a handful of occasions. The dial is beginning to take on same patina, not uncommon on these early pieces.
This example is coming to market for the very first time having been consigned from a very important collector who purchased the watch new in 1999. The watch is accompanied by its original strap and buckle, the original wooden display box and warranty card.