In celebration of its first official flagship in Tokyo, independent watchmaker F.P.Journe unveiled its production model of the Astronomic Souveraine watch. This watch packs a hefty 18 functions with over 750 components inside its 44mm case.
Among the 18 functions/complications is a tourbillon with remontoir d’égalité, a sun path with day/night aperture, moon phase, a second time zone, power reserve, minute repeater, annual calendar, and an equation of time. Based on a 15-year-old sketch by François-Paul Journe’s son, this watch was finally brought to life after six years of development.
As with many of F.P.Journe’s watches, the Journe caliber 1619 movement is made from 18-carat rose gold, contains two mainspring barrels, and 68 jewels. The Astronomic Souveraine will be made in extremely limited quantity and sold for $898,000 USD, significantly lower than its previous one-of-one “Blue” prototype which was auctioned for $1.8 million USD at this year’s Only Watch.
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