The innovative and revolutionary horological creator François-Paul Journe presents a new horological marvel on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the iconic Tourbillon Souverain watch.
François-Paul Journe has inspired a generation of contemporary watchmakers with the originality of his creations, his quest for precision, his timeless and immediately recognisable style, and his respect for horological ethics and traditions. Fascinated by the tourbillon since his youth, François-Paul Journe began to make his first watch when he was 20 – entirely by hand. It was a tourbillon pocket watch. In 1991, he created his first tourbillon wristwatch, selling the very small number of examples to a handful of knowledgeable collectors.
In 1999, he launched the first Tourbillon Souverain with remontoir d’égalité in wristwatch form. It was sold by subscription and was much sought after by collectors who rival with each other to get on the short list of 20 examples.
The year 2003 saw the birth of the new generation of Tourbillon Souverain, to which François-Paul Journe added natural deadbeat second. Then, to make the watches even more desirable, he produced his haute horlogerie movements in 18 k rose Gold, a first in the world of modern mechanical watchmaking.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this emblematic wristwatch, F.P.Journe has developed a tourbillon whose cage is vertical, rather than the traditional horizontal cage.
This vertical tourbillon with remontoir d’égalité and deadbeat second makes one revolution every 30 seconds. This is faster than the usual time of one minute, making the technical prowess even more visually astonishing.
Surrounding the cage, a cone-shaped mirror-polished ring concentrates light, reflecting the tourbillon cage. A second reflector was created on the movement side to provide light around the tourbillon cage.
The 4N rose Gold bridges that form the dial are decorated with “Clous de Paris” guilloche with, for the first time, an enamel hour dial at 3 o’clock. The Tourbillon Vertical also features an 80-hour power reserve at 12 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock; the remontoir d’égalité is placed at 7 o’clock. The 42 mm case is available in platinum or in 18k 6N Gold.
Manual winding / 29 turns of crown
18 K rose Gold
Dimensions of the movement
Overall diameter: 34.60 mm
Cased-up diameter: 34.20 mm
Overall height: 10.86 mm
Height of winding stem: 3.66 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm
4 inertia weights
Flat Anachron balance spring with Philips overcoil
Spring pinned to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 V/H (3Hz)
Inertia: 11.00 mg/cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 260°; 24h vertical: > 260°
30 seconds Vertical Tourbillon with constant force and dead second.
Time adjustment by crown in position 2
15 tooth escape wheel
90° Anchor fork
Hours and minutes at 3h00
Small second at 6h00
Power reserve at 12h00
Vertical Tourbillon at 9h00
80 ± 2 hours
Movement in 18 K 4N rose Gold with hour dial in enamel on white Gold
Guilloche Clous de Paris on bridges
Circular Geneva Waves on base plate
Screw heads polished and bevelled
Pegs with polished rounded ends
Platinum PT 950 or 18K 6N Gold
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.60 mm
Number of parts
Movement without dial: 230
Cased on leather strap: 260