(33250) FP Journe Tourbillon "Brass Movement" Souverain, This is an early example from the first series featuring the smaller case and brass movement, this style of Tourbillon has now been discontinued by Mr. Journe and replaced by the new vertical Tourbillon Souverain, platinum on a strap with a platinum tang buckle, manual wind rhodium plated brass F.P. Journe caliber 1498 movement, 42 hour power reserve, 18k white gold dial with exposed tourbillon has a beautiful rich patina, blued hands, power reserve indicator at 12 o'clock, exposed Remontoir d'Egalite at 6 O'Clock, display back, sapphire crystal, diameter: 38mm, thickness: 9.2mm, Like New condition of a beautiful and historically important FP Journe Tourbillon with original box, instruction booklet, and original warranty card dated October 2001.
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This is a c. 2001 platinuim F.P Journe Tourbillon Souverain First Series T. It has an alligator leather strap with an FPJ platinum tang buckle, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It has a pull out "rope-edge" winding crown with an exhibition sapphire display case back secured with 6 screws, and engraved with "F.P. JOURNE-TOURBILLON SOUVERAIN-PT950-INVENIT ET FECIT (Created and made)," several hallmarks, and a serial number. The 38mm diameter solid three-body case, downturned lugs, and angled concave bezel, are polished. The dial is grainy 18k gold, with the exposed Tourbillon cage at 9 o'clock, the Remontoir d'Egalite (the constant force energy mechanism) is at 6 o'clock, and the 42-hour power reserve arc is at 12 o'clock with a blued indicator hand. There is a recessed silver subsidiary "gasket-style" dial with a guilloche center for the time, blued dart hands, black Arabic numeral hour markers, and a black 60-minute railroad-style scale and Arabic numerals every 5-minutes. It's water resistant, and the 9.2mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed. This F.P Journe Tourbillon Souverain First Series T has a mechanical manual winding Journe rhodium plated brass caliber 1498 movement. It's constructed with 25 jewels, cotes de Glashutte ribbing embellishment, an Incabloc anti-shock device, and a lightly engraved case back. It has a monmetallic balance, a lateral lever escapement, a "Gyromax" balance with 4 timing weights, and a self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve. The constant-force remontoir with an 18K gold wheel and blade spring, is controlled by a spinning vane that's armed once a second by the force of the mainspring, insuring a steady flow of power to the balance. The F.P Journe Tourbillon Souverain First Series T was originally made in 1999, and it was produced until 2003, nearly skipping a full year in 2000. More than 280, but less than 400 is the estimate for the number of Toubillon Remontoir d'Egalite watches made in that 4-year period.
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