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F.P. Journe

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

F.P. Journe

F.P. Journe

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

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

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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


Dial: pink

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

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: F.P. Journe presentation box and International Warranty card (undated)

Case: The case is in overall very good condition with some surface scratches throughout visible especially around the bezel. The buckle with light scuffing.


Dial: The dial is in overall very good condition with light wear around the outer perimeter and the power reserve indication.


Movement: The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

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 was 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 form 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.