F.P. Journe has developed an entirely new watch – a monopusher split-seconds chronograph - exclusively for the Only Watch Charity Auction in November this year. It is a unique watch that will never exist in the F.P. Journe collection post the auction.
Held under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Only Watch Charity is organized by the Monegasque Association and is the world’s foremost charity auction entirely devoted to research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 2005, more than €25 million have been raised to finance fundamental and applied research in this field.
The FP Journe Monopusher Split-Seconds Chronograph is a completely new watch built ground-up and uses a 44 mm Tantalum case, the dull grey tones of the case form a striking contrast to the bright blue dial, the orange tachymeter and the yellow telemeter scale. There is a running seconds hand at 9 o’ clock and a 30-minute counter at 3.
The case and dial make for an interesting looking timepiece which has clearly vintage codes. Hodinkee reckons the inspiration for this multi-scale monopusher rattrapante chronograph comes from the Rolex Ref. 4113 which has a similar counter at 9 and 3. The start-stop pusher is located at 2 and the split-second pusher is at 4.
The movement, F.P. Journe calibre 1517, again has been developed specifically for this watch. The 15-ligne movement is made from 18K rose gold and has steel accents. It is constructed in the purest horological tradition with circular graining on the bridges, perlage on the base plate, chamfered edges, mirror polished springs and levers and so on – par for the course when it comes to a high-end manufacturer.
At the 2015 Only Watch auction, the FP Journe Tourbillon Souverain was hammered for more than $500,000 and that was based on an existing watch in the line-up. According to Christie’s, the pre-sale estimate of this timepiece is $208,000-415,000.