Tourbillon Coeur de Rubis

  • Collection: Tourbillon Souverain
  • Model reference: TN “Coeur de Rubis”
  • Case/Size: Platinum, 40mm
  • Dial: Grey with ruby dial
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Tourbillon, power reserve, seconds
  • Specificity: Limited Edition of 20
  • Price: Upon request

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The history of F.P. Journe goes hand in hand with the story of the Tourbillon collection because his first pocketwatch he made took him 5 years, it had a tourbillon and spring detent escapement, that was back in 1983.
After a few years, in 1991 the first F.P. Journe wristwatch was born, it was a tourbillon with a remontoir d’égalité (constant force device), initially he proposed it to a few big brands but nothing really materialised.
From 1996 he started to develop high end calibers for famous watch brands but was fed up to give, quote : “pearls to swines”, he decided in 1999 to raise money to make his first 20 Tourbillon watches, called : Tourbillon Souverain Souscription.   20 collectors paid 50% to get an individually numbered piece.

The current generation of “Tourbillon Souverain” that we know, was made in two major references, the “T” from 1999 to 2004, made in a 38mm case either platinum or rose gold with brass movement, a few limited pieces in ruthenium were made also.
And then from 2004 to 2018 we have the current “TN” reference with Remontoir and “Natural Dead Seconds” complication made in 38 and 40mm, also in platinum and rose gold cases but the movement is in rose gold.   The watch won the 2004 Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève’s award of “Aiguille d’Or”.

In 2013, to mark its 30th anniversary of his first tourbillon pocketwatch, he made a limited run of 99 pieces for its most loyal customers, called the Tourbillon Historique (reference T30) with a case made in silver & gold and movement in brass.
The same year a limited edition of 10 pieces called the “T10” to commermorate a decade of Journe’s first Tokyo boutique and the opening of his 10th Beirut boutique.  Almost identical to the “T30” but with a platinum case and black and white, and the caliber rose gold.
Late-2015 saw the release of a special 38mm – 5 pieces set in steel which had a tourbillon as well.

*Mr Journe announced that after 20 years, the Tourbillon Souverain will be discontinued in 2019, but before saying farewell we close this chapter with a piece of art !  The signature platinum round case of 40mm is surrounded by a gorgeous ruby dial, this carpet of rubies is uncommon as to create it, various shades of rubies have been selected and « merged » to carve this “Heart of Ruby” dial.
Reserved for a selected few only, this exclusive timepiece was initially planned to be made in 20 examples but only 11 were produced due to the complexity to create such dial.

– Viewing possible upon request.

 

 

F.P. Journe – Bio

François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in 1959. An unruly child, he was sent to a local technical college at the age of 14. He went on to graduate from the Paris watchmaking school in 1976.
In 1982, after five years of work, he finished his tourbillon – and it work !
He founded the F.P. Journe company in 1999, have ever since stunned the world year after year with the visually distinctive and technically innovative watches
The motto of the brand, Invenit et Fecit (Latin for “[He] invented it and made it”) denotes that the company builds the entirety of the watches. Journe often designs brand new movements, even inventing completely new systems, like the famous resonance chronometer.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by a leather card holder with "FP Journe" international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box