Library of Horological Proportions
F.P. Journe recognizes real treasure when he sees one. When the extensive library of respected horologist and historian Jean-Claude Sabrier went under the hammer at an auction in Paris, no sooner did Journe acquire all 273 lots that comprised close to a thousand books, with the full intention of keeping Sabrier’s decades of work and intensive research intact and well taken cared of, in their new home right in the F.P. Journe manufacture.
Perhaps not known to many, the two gentlemen met 40 years ago when Sabrier was 35 and Journe but 17 years old. It was a friendship that was cultivated through the decades, built on their shared passion for mechanical watches, and out of admiration and respect for each other. Journe intends to pay tribute to this inimitable man and their special bond in an upcoming exhibition that will feature this unique library, which includes original manuscripts by Ferdinand Berthoud, Pierre Le Roy and Antide Janvier. Apart from being a dedicated researcher and horology expert, Sabrier also served as consultant for museums in Paris and the United States, and before his passing at age 76, he authored a wealth of catalogs and books, most recently “The Self-Winding Watch: 18th-21st Century” in 2012. His library will be displayed in a cabinet that is being built especially for this precious collection.
Jean-Claude Sabrier left one of the most expansive collection of horology books and manuscripts, including a book by Ferdinand Berthoud, “L’art de Conduire et Regler les Pendules,” a letter with an autograph of Breguet, and a manuscript with Berthoud’s...