The Spectacular F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu in Tantalum for Only Watch 2015

Tantalum case…mirror blue dial…

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

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.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle


F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 tourbillon detail - Perpetuelle

The vivid blue chrome dial that reflects light like a mirror is really spectacular.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Soverain Bleu for ONLY WATCH 2015 angleview - Perpetuelle

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?

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Bell & Ross Aviation Instruments Box Set for Only Watch 2013

Bell Ross Box Set Watches for Only Watch 2013

For Only Watch 2013, Bell & Ross has designed a collector’s box of six unique watches. This glossy finished case is fashioned from high-quality wood contains six watches: the BR01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER and TURN COORDINATOR, created in 2012, and the BR01 HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB, created in 2013.   They are all inspired by instruments that are essential to aeronautical navigation and have, as their common and unique denominator, a touch of orange.
See them up close, on the click

Richard Mille RM038 Yohan Blake Prototype for Only Watch 2013

Yohan Blakes watch is Richard Mille

For the upcoming Only Watch 2013 charity auction, Richard Mille is donating the Yohan Blake Tourbillon Prototype which Yohan Blake wore at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he won three medals.   Perpetuelle was the first to identify the vividly colored watch on Yohan’s wrist as being a Richard Mille, and we provided extensive coverage of this phenomenal timepiece as it made its way through the Olympic games.  Truly a special piece that should fetch a fine sum for the charity event.

Live Pics (by Antiquorum)

Richard Mille Yohan Blake Watch Hands On

Richard Mille Yohan Blake Watch Caseback Hands On

This prototype created an enormous amount of media attention and even a bit of controversy.   It is a unique piece based upon the RM 038 but adapted to Yohan Blake’s specifications.   It experienced the joy of the podium and shared the spotlight with the gold and silver medals won by Yohan, as well as a few blazes down the track on Yohan’s wrist.  You can see live pics of this watch from the London Olympic Games here, here and here.

This watch features the Jamaican flag colors of green and yellow highlighting the white case, along with a yellow Velcro® strap.

Richard Mille RM038 Yohan Blake Prototype for Only Watch 2013


Richard Mille Yohan Blake Watch

Be sure to check out all of my previews for the Only Watch 2013 event in Monaco, here>>>

Breguet Classique Chronograph Openworked 5284 for Only Watch 2013

Breguet Classique Chronograph Only Watch 2013

Designed in the grand tradition of Breguet timepieces, this one-of-a-kind Classique Chronograph 5284 with its openworked dial is animated by the Breguet hand-wound, hand-engraved, column wheel chronograph calibre 533.2 SQ (originally known as the Lemania 2310, one of the finest calibers in the world and used by many a brand including Vacheron, Patek, and Omega).   The yellow gold 42.5mm case of this reference 5284 has Breguet’s signature fine fluting on the caseband; on the dial, we of course we all know the open-tipped hands — first designed around 1783 by the brand’s founder — are now known simply as the Breguet-style hands. The 3-9 chronograph register layout provides for 30-minute counting and small seconds, respectively, with the large central hand being the chronograph seconds.

Great piece with all the beautiful hand-engraving on the caliber, front and back sides:

Breguet Classique Chronograph Only Watch 2013 Closeup

Breguet Classique Chronograph Caliber for Only Watch 2013

Engraved “pièce unique” (unique piece), this watch marks the 5th participation of Breguet to Only Watch.

Breguet Classique Chronograph Only Watch 2013

Should fetch a tidy sum for the Only Watch charitable cause.   Be sure to check out all my Only Watch 2013 previews, here>>>

Did You Know?

Designed in the 1940s by Albert Piguet at the Lémania workshops, the calibre CH 27 undecorated movement quickly won a reputation for its endurance and reliability. It drew the attention of highly regarded brands, which preferred to use it for their chronographs rather than undertake the gigantic task of developing their own movement. Its popularity ensured its further evolution into the highly refined calibre Lemania 2310.