F.P. Journe, Fine and Limited Edition Tantalum Wristwatch
$35,000 - $45,000
No. 35/99, Chronomêtre Bleu Byblos, made in 2014. Diameter: 39 mm
Cal. 1304 18k pink gold twin barrel movement, 22 jewels, semi skeletonized pink gold guilloché dial with blue outer hour ring, painted white Arabic numerals, Journe hands, outer minute track, subsidiary seconds between 7 and 8, tantalum case, sapphire crystal display back secured by five screws, case, dial, and movement signed, with a tantalum F.P. Journe buckle.
Accompanied by an F.P. Journe certificate of guarantee, an instruction booklet, a polishing cloth, and a presentation box.
The F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Bleu Byblos was produced to commemorate the opening of their tenth boutique in Beirut, Lebanon. This limited series of 99 numbered pieces not only demonstrates the scarcity of timepieces produced by this house, but also the house’s acute attention to detail and design. Named after the first and oldest inhabited city in the world, Byblos represents F.P. Journe’s commitment to success in the region and its own rich history.
F.P. Journe executed a semi-skeletonized dial for the first time to great effect. A powerful blue hour circle frames their signature 18k pink gold movement. Another unprecedented feature is the variation to the F.P. Journe logo, whose J is written in the Phoenician alphabet. The dial is further amplified by a tantalum case, a rare dark metal with rich blue overtones. Tantalum is highly resistant to corrosion but is rarely seen in watchmaking due to its unyielding nature. This material itself marks F.P. Journe as a leader in exceptional watchmaking.
This highly collectible piece is an amalgamation of F.P. Journe’s precision, innovation, and remarkable sensitivity to visual aesthetics.
The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer’s discretion. Please note that Sotheby’s does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
Case in excellent condition with shop wear. Some very light surface markings at the flat underside area of the lugs. Dial and movement in excellent condition.
Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e., alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to shipping.
Please note that the strap may be removed for international shipping.