F. P. Journe. A very fine and unusual platinum manual wind tourbillon constant force wristwatch with rare dead seconds, remontoir and power reserve  Dead Seconds Tourbillon, Ref: No.516-TN, Sold 5th April 2009

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F. P. Journe. A very fine and unusual platinum manual wind tourbillon constant force wristwatch with rare dead seconds, remontoir and power reserve
Dead Seconds Tourbillon, Ref: No.516-TN, Sold 5th April 2009

Sold for £ 56,312 (US$ 72,774) inc. premium
F. P. Journe. A very fine and unusual platinum manual wind tourbillon constant force wristwatch with rare dead seconds, remontoir and power reserve
Model: Dead Seconds Tourbillon
Reference: No.516-TN
Date: Sold 5th April 2009
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1403 18K rose gold Geneva striped manual wind, skeletonised to reveal dead seconds mechanism, constant-force remontoir with blade spring providing constant unfluctuating energy to the tourbillon escapement, one minute A-frame tourbillon, freesprung four-arm balance with eccentric regulation, self-compensating freesprung balance spring with Phillips terminal curve
Dial: Ruthenium with polished steel frame for eccentric engine turned Arabic numeral hours and minutes dial, subsidiary dial for dead beat seconds, aperture to display tourbillon cage, power reserve sector for 42 hours, blued steel F. P. Journe hands
Case: Polished round, exhibition back secured by 6 F. P. Journe screws, No.516
Strap/Bracelet: Fitted black F. P. Journe crocodile leather strap
Buckle/Clasp: Signed platinum buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 40mm
Accompaniments: F.P. Journe box, outer card, Certificate of Origin

Footnotes

  • In 1999, Francois-Paul Journe launched his FP Journe 'Invenit et Fecit' brand with the Tourbillon Souverain. This was the first model in the Souverain Collection to combine a remontoir with dead beat seconds in a tourbillon wristwatch. The addition of the 'dead beat seconds' provided a more accurate reading of precise time and supposedly made this mechanism, 'Invenit et Fecit', invented by Journe, the most accurate on the market.

    The French term "seconde morte" or "dead seconds" comes from the fact that the seconds hand remains motionless for as long as the second has not actually elapsed.

    As a descendant of the first model launched by Francois-Paul Journe in 1999, the Tourbillon Souverain is imbued with a sense of the founder's spirit. The original version of this watch was awarded the highest honor 'L'Aguille d'Or' at the 2004 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
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