F.P.Journe presents Vagabondage I Gold, the final chapter of a trilogy started 18 years ago. Featuring a flat Tortue® shaped case in 18K 6N gold and equipped with a hand-wound movement, this timepiece is limited to 68 pieces.
In 1997, François-Paul Journe created for a friend a model equipped with a unique automatic movement housed in a round yellow Gold case, named CARPEDIEM. This piece features a dial with a wandering jump hour display around a central exposed balance wheel.
Later, François-Paul Journe developed a wandering hours wristwatch with a hand-wound movement, almost mimicking the dial of the CARPEDIEM, though redesigned to fit into a Flat Tortue® case. However, busy with other projects, he decided to leave this model at the prototype stage.
In 2003, François-Paul Journe was contacted by Antiquorum, which was organizing a charity sale for its 30th anniversary for the benefit of the ICM Foundation. They were looking for a «unique piece», within a limited timeframe of six months. Seeing it impossible to come up with something new in such a short time, he decided to rework the Vagabondage prototype. In the end, it is not just one, but three unique «Vagabondage» pieces that were presented: one with a rose Gold case, one in yellow Gold, and one in white Gold, all with Brass movements.
For aesthetic reasons, the brand name is completely absent from the dial. The auction having been a real success, François-Paul Journe received many requests to include the model in his production, and to make it available to a wider public of collectors; which he agreed to do, but in very limited production, given the aesthetic dissimilarity with his other creations at the time.
In 2004, François-Paul Journe released Vagabondage I edited in a limited production of 69 Platinum cases with hand-wound rose Gold movement (Calibre 1504). It features digital jumping hours in a wandering aperture which position indicates the minutes. Just as the trilogy offered at auction in 2003, the dial is free of any inscriptions.
In 2010, François-Paul Journe introduced the Vagabondage II in a Flat Tortue® case in Platinum, but with a digital hours and digital minutes time display. Equipped with the Calibre 1509, it was limited to 68 pieces in 6N Gold and 69 in Platinum. To the series collectors, he offered each owner of a Vagabondage I the opportunity to acquire the same serial number for the Vagabondage II.
In 2017, the Vagabondage III was launched. It features a digital hours and digital seconds display. The Vagabondage III was limited to 68 pieces in 6N gold, in addition to 69 in Platinum. Once again, François-Paul Journe offered the first allocations to the owners of the Vagabondage II bearing the same number.
To complete the Gold trilogy, F.P.Journe presents Vagabondage I Gold, which is however not an exact copy of the Vagabondage I Platinum introduced in 2004.
Pointing to a gap of nearly 18 years, the Vagabondage I Gold features an updated movement, reference 1504.2, still manually wound, and a 45.2 x 37.5 mm case.
As with the previous Vagabondages, this model will be on application, with priority given to collectors with matching serial numbers of the Vagabondages II and III in Gold.
Calibre 1504.2 in 18K rose Gold
Manual winding which position indicates the minutes
Power reserve: 50 ± 2 hours
Indication of hours in a mobile aperture
Dimensions of the movement
Overall dimensions: 29.30 x 28.20 mm
Casing-up dimensions: 27.30 x 27.30 mm
Overall height: 5.00 mm
Height of winding system: 2.50 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S0.90 mm
Partly circular-grained base plate
Straight Geneva waves on the bridges
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Balance with 14 inertia weights
Pegs with polished rounded end
Flat Anachron microflamed spring
Steel components polished and bevelled
Mobile stud holder
Nivatronic laser-welded to the collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 Alt/h, 3 Hz
Amplitude: 12h dial up > 300° ; 12h vertical > 270°
Straight line lever escapement 15 teeth
Two barrels in parallel
Flat Tortue® shape
Dimensions: 45.20 x 37.50 mm
Height: 7.60 mm
Slate grey, sapphire disc with aperture
Outer dial screwed Steel elements
Number of components
Cased on leather strap: 189
68 pieces in 18K 6N Gold