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Inside Phillips’ 1st Single-Owner Auction of F.P. Journe Watches

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Phillips saw major success after its first-ever online sale dedicated to a single owner’s collection: The Armoury’s Mark Cho. And now, as another first, the auction house is hosting a single-owner sale dedicated to Swiss-French timepiece manufacturer F.P. Journe. Called Le Concours de Complexité: Single Owner Online Auction, which translates to “competition of complexity” and is meant to recognize the influence and prowess of watchmaker François-Paul Journe, it will be held online from Jan. 13 through Jan. 20.

“François-Paul Journe has long been admired for [his] innovation and brilliance [in] the design of his timepieces, since the brand’s inception in 1999 with remarkable pieces such as the Tourbillon Souverain, Chronomètre à Résonance and Octa Reserve that has gained fervent excitement amongst collectors all over the world,” said Thomas Perazzi, the head of watches of Phillips Asia, in a statement. “Following the success of Phillips’ first online auction dedicated to a single-owner collection featuring timepieces from The Armoury’s Mark Cho, we are honored to be entrusted with the sale of this F.P. Journe collection formed by a visionary collector who has acquired timepieces with the highest quality and rarity over the years of collecting that embodies his vision and passion for horology.”

The sale includes 11 F.P. Journe watches including the Grande Sonnerie Souverain (pictured at top), of which just four are produced each year (totaling 50 made during its 13-year tenure); the 20th Anniversary Résonance in platinum with a distinct pink gold Salmon dial; and beyond. Below are some of the finest the sale has to offer.

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F.P. Journe Chronométre à Résonance from the Ruthenium Collection, circa 2001, in platinum; estimate $150,000-$280,000
FP Journe Phillips
F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain, circa 2017, in platinum; estimate $100,00–$200,000
FP Journe Phillips
F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance from the 20th Anniversary Collection, circa 2021, in platinum; estimate $150,000–$280,000

Top: F.P. Journe Grande Sonnerie Souveraine, circa 2018, in stainless steel; estimate $360,000–$650,000 (photos courtesy of Phillips)

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By: Annie Davidson

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