Tantalum case…mirror blue dial…
What a spectacular, one-of-a-kind watch F.P. Journe has made for Only Watch 2015. Now it is true that Patek Philippe definitely garners the most attention (and $$$) at the Only Watch auction (more on this below), but to step out of the echo chamber today I thought I’d lead with another exciting contribution for the Only Watch 2015 Charity Auction: the F.P. Journe “Tourbillon Souverain Blue”. Is this a drop dead gorgeous timepiece or what?!
First, this is F.P. Journe’s first time participating in the Only Watch event, and it’s nice to see him bring such a special piece to mark the occasion. The watch Journe has submitted is not only breathtakingly gorgeous, but it is cased in tantalum, a metal rarely used in watchmaking (though Journe has used it before) that has a bluish grey hue to it (though Journe has used it before). Like all Journe calibers, the movement is made of 18k rose gold, with this one (same as the production modeo) having a tourbillon, dead beat seconds, and a remontoire, a constant force device that Journe uses on occasion.
The highly reflective, blue dial is achieved with lacquer — as is the off-white lettering.
The vivid blue chrome dial that reflects light like a mirror is really spectacular.
With the previews for the exciting Only Watch 2015 starting to be released, it is an exciting time for what are usually slow summer months for watch enthusiasts. I’ve covered Only Watch here at Perpetuelle since 2009 (2015 is the 6th edition of the biennial event), and in addition to raising a LOT of money for the benefit of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Only Watch auction is a truly fun and special event for watch fans because each of the pieces sold at this auction are one-of-a-kind. And many (but not all) of the participants use the event as an opportunity to introduce a truly special timepiece, as is the case with F.P. Journe is one.
As already noted, Patek’s submission for Only Watch is and will again undoubtedly be the top selling piece…but could this be #2?