Vagabondage I – Platinum

  • Collection: Vagabondage
  • Model reference: Vagabondage I Platinum
  • Case/Size: Platinum, 41mm x 34mm
  • Dial: Dark grey
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Jumping hours, minutes
  • Specificity: Limited to 69 pieces
  • Condition: Good
  • Price: Upon request

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Description

The Vagabondage project was born in 1995, when a collector-friend of F.P. Journe requested for a classic watch, but with a wandering hours (vagabond) time display. A challenge for Journe, since he had to produce the movement ground up – an expensive and time-consuming process with no certainty of the outcome. One must remember that back in mid-90s, Journe was just another watchmaker, with limited resources, and his brand was not even registered at the time. Lucky for him, a rather popular watch brand backed the project and thus the work on Vagabondage started. But as soon as the prototype was complete, the brand backed out and the watch was put away.

It sat in a drawer for many years, until in 2004, when Antiquorum approached F.P. Journe to create a special watch to be auctioned off at their 30th Anniversary charity sale. Journe created 3 pieces of the Vagabondage for the auction, one each in red gold, white gold and yellow gold. It featured a flat tortue case display, a regulating organ at the center of the dial, with wandering hours jumping around the periphery of the dial.

The pieces were hammered for 3 times the estimate, which encouraged Journe to produce these commercially. Between 2005-06 he made 69pcs in platinum and 10pcs in platinum with diamonds.

Building on the success of the Vagabondage I, Journe decided to take this series further by introducing the Vagabondage II in 2010. This new reference featured a dial displaying jumping hours and jumping minutes. It was produced in limited numbers of 69pcs in platinum, 68pcs in rosegold and 10pcs in platinum with baguettes.

Then in 2017, came the third and the final version – the Vagabondage III. This time, Journe incorporated a jumping seconds mechanism. A first in the horology world, this complex mechanism is a treat to look at. These were again made in limited quantities- 69pcs in platinum and 68pcs in pink gold.

The Vagabondage series is an important collection with the Journe catalogue, since it is very different from all other references made by the master watchmaker.

 

The present reference is the Vagabondage I, which was only made in platinum (except for the gold pieces made for Antiquorum).

One of the original 69pcs, this timepiece features a tortue shaped platinum measuring 42mm X 34mm X 7.2mm. A white window, printed on a transparent disk, highlights the correct hours on a black disk, which displays the hours. Both disks travel around the dial, pointing the minute on a classical track on the periphery.

This technically marvelous timepiece is powered my a the in-house Calibre 1504, a hand wound movement made in 18k pink gold and decorated extensively.

Offered on a hand-stitched black alligator strap.

 

 

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 FP Journe fitted box, warranty certificate and manual of instruction.