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Lot Details

STRAP: Anthracite rubber strap with F.P. Journe folding clasp
DIAL: White Sapphire
MOVEMENT: Electro-mechanical
FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Seconds in sub-dial, Mechanical motion detector between 4 and 5
BOX: Fitted presentation box and outer packaging
PAPERS: International guarantee card, Manual in USB format
ACCESSORIES: F.P. Journe Guarantee Card leather sleeve

Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

The current lot features one of F.P Journe's most innovative movements which took 8 years of research and development. This electro-mechanical watch is equipped with a mechanical motion detector visible on the dial at 4:30. When the watch is unworn and motionless, the hands will stop turning after 35 minutes and the watch goes in standby mode to save energy. The mechanical parts - gears, rotors, and hands - stop moving while the microprocessor continues to keep the time. When the watch is worn again, the hands set themselves automatically to the current time, taking the shortest path either clockwise or counterclockwise.

F.P. Journe

F.P. Journe is a Swiss high-end watch manufacturer founded in 1999 and named after the founder, François-Paul Journe. With its complete focus on complex precision chronometers, the brand produces only around 800 watches annually.

The company's motto, Invenit et Fecit is Latin for "[He] invented it and made it"), denotes that the company designs and builds the entirety of the watch movements. A technical genius in the field of watchmaking, Journe invented completely new systems, such as the resonance chronometer, and completely original design movements for their timepieces. F.P. Journe also owns its own casemaker, Les Boîtiers de Genève, and its own dialmaker, Les Cadraniers de Genève, housed in the same facility in Geneva.

With only 22 short years since the founding of the brand, F.P. Journe has won the Aiguille d'Or grand prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie on three occasions: In 2004 for the Tourbillon Souverain à seconde morte, the current-generation Tourbillon Souverain with dead beat seconds; in 2006 for the Sonnerie Souverain, both a Grande Sonnerie and a Petit Sonnerie for which F.P. Journe received 10 patents; and in 2008 for the Centigraphe Souverain, a chronograph with timekeeping isolated from chronograph mechanism, allowing the chronograph to measure hundredths of a second despite a 3 Hz movement. The only three-time winner of the prestigious award to this day.

F.P. Journe has also won four category prizes at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie: the 2002 Special Jury Prize for the Octa Calendrier; the 2003 Men's Watch Prize for the Octa Lune; the 2005 Men's Watch Prize for the Chronomètre Souverain; and the 2010 Complicated Watch Prize for the Chronomètre à Résonance.