S otheby’s is excited for collectors to discover the assortment of wristwatches and clocks for Fine Watches. Headlining haute horlogerie pieces that are sure to elevate watch aficionados’ pulses include an F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain in platinum with the rare matching bracelet, and the mesmerizing A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk, also in platinum.
Other elegant dress watches include a strong showing from Patek Philippe such a selection of Calatrava, along with exciting ladies’ watches such as the Nautilus 4700 and 4936 annual calendar.
A large selection of sport wristwatches is also offered from prestigious brands by the likes of Rolex and Grand Seiko, with examples such as a contemporary steel Grand Seiko with brown guilloche, and Rolex Daytona reference 6263 that are sure to get collectors’ blood pumping.
Among the watches, enthusiasts will also be delighted to find a curated set of collectors’ sneakers that are sure to captivate audiences.
蘇 富比「鐘錶及球鞋」網上專場欣呈多款名貴腕錶及座鐘，焦點拍品包括配備罕見鏈帶的F.P. Journe 鉑金Tourbillon Souverain陀飛輪腕錶，以及朗格鉑金Zeitwerk腕錶。其他款式高雅的腕錶有百達翡麗Calatrava系列，以及優美的女士腕錶，包括 Nautilus 型號4700 及4936型號年曆腕錶。由勞力士到 Grand Seiko，拍賣亦呈獻一系列名家運動錶款，例如備啡色格狀飾紋錶盤的精鋼 Grand Seiko，及勞力士 Daytona型號6263，定能使藏家熱血沸騰。除精美時計外，專場亦搜羅了多款珍藏版運動鞋，藏家切勿錯過。
Produced between 2003 and 2018, the Tourbillon Souvrain avec seconde morte is F.P. Journe’s update on his original tourbillon wristwatch series which began with his famed souscription pieces.
When creating this refreshed watch, the core DNA was preserved, while the entirety of the movement was redesigned except for the tourbillon cage. The dial layout remained largely unchanged, with the only major alteration being the replacement of the dial-side cutout for the remontoire d’egalite with a new subsidiary dial for the brand new dead-beat seconds complication. On the caseback to differentiate the new movement and complication, the original ‘T’ for tourbillon engraving was changed to ‘TN’, for Tourbillon Nouveau or ‘new tourbillon’. The term ‘seconde morte’ or ‘dead-beat’ refers to the way the seconds hand remains motionless or lifeless until the second has fully passed, before jumping to the next second and becoming motionless again.
The watch was originally offered in two sizes, 38mm and 40mm, but the 38mm option was produced in by far a smaller quantity and discontinued in 2015, with the apparent rarity visible in their scarcity on the market and premium in prices. The present watch also comes with a matching platinum bracelet, which is equally rare and sought after. When the time the watch was retailed, F.P. Journe bracelets were offered as an accessory to the watch but would often cost a significant sum of money, almost 20% of the price of the watch itself. This deterred many customers from selecting the bracelet option and has resulted in their scanty today.
F.P. Journe himself viewed the TN as a triumph, himself stating on the record as having no interest in making anything more complicated than a single axis tourbillon. This is reflected in the watch’s lengthy production run of 15 years. To keep the watch fresh over this time a plethora of dial variations were created. This included dials created from several hardstones, engraved tapisserie dials, and unique coloured dials to name a few examples. There have also been a high number of unique dials created for this watch for special clients or events such as Only Watch. The regular production dials were made out of 18 carat 6N white or rose gold to match the case metal.
When considering the present watch, one must take into account the rarity of the case size, 38mm, seldom seen on the market, along with the matching platinum bracelet. Each element taken alone would differentiate this watch from the majority of the production, but when added together the desirability of the watch is exponentially greater. 38mm Journe watches were produced in a very small quantity and rumoured to not be ever produced again since 2015, and Journe platinum bracelets are equally rare. To the best of our knowledge, very few 38mm TNs are known on the market, it can be said that this is one of only a handful, or certainly less than 10 that have appeared in this case size with matching bracelet, a true unicorn in its field.