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IN 2017, F.P.JOURNE PRESENTS THE THIRD AND LAST EDI­TION OF THE VAGABONDAGE SE­RIES, “VAGABONDAGE III”, PRO­DUCED IN A LIM­ITED SE­RIES OF 69 PIECES IN PLAT­INUM AND 68 PIECES IN 18K RED GOLD

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In 2017, F.P.Journe presents the third and last edi­tion of the Vagabondage Se­ries, “Vagabondage III”.

To re­call the events lead­ing up to the cre­ation of the Vagabondage, which is the quin­tes­sence of anti-mar­ket­ing. In 2004, François-Paul Journe de­signed 3 un­prece­dented watches with a flat Tortue case (patented model), a dig­i­tal time dis­play and a dial with­out signature, for the 30th an­niver­sary of An­tiquo­rum. Those 3 watches, one in white Gold, one in yel­low Gold, and one in rose Gold, with brass move­ments, were sold at a char­ity auc­tion for the ben­e­fit of ICM, a re­search in­sti­tute for brain and spinal cord dis­eases (www.icm-in­sti­tute.org). The watches cap­tured the in­ter­est of the pub­lic, and sold for three times the es­ti­mate.

V I - DIG­I­TAL HOURS

In the wake of the re­sound­ing suc­cess of that auc­tion, F.P.Journe launched the Vagabondage I Se­ries in 2006. The name Vagabondage comes from the fact that time is in­di­cated by a wan­der­ing dig­i­tal dis­play; the de­sign it­self was “vagabond” in that it was cre­ated by FrançoisPaul Journe as a satel­lite cre­ation, in ad­di­tion to his regular col­lec­tions. This lim­ited se­ries with a flat Tortue case dif­fers from the round cases gen­er­ally favoured by the brand. It was pro­duced in a se­ries of 69 pieces in Plat­inum and 10 pieces in Plat­inum set with baguette di­a­monds, with a man­u­ally wound 18K rose Gold move­ment. Even with­out pro­mo­tion or pub­lic­ity, clients went wild. They snapped them up, and the Vagabondage leg­end was born.

Even with­out pro­mo­tion or pub­lic­ity, clients went wild. They snapped them up, and the Vagabondage leg­end was born.

V II - DIG­I­TAL JUMP­ING HOURS AND MIN­UTES

The sec­ond Vagabondage edi­tion was cre­ated in 2010. 69 pieces in Plat­inum, 68 pieces in red Gold and 10 pieces in Plat­inum with baguette di­a­monds are pro­duced. It has a man­u­ally wound move­ment with dig­i­tal dis­play, but also fea­tures small sec­onds at 6h and a power re­serve dis­play at 12h. The smoked sap­phire crys­tal dial, with­out the F.P.Journe signature, re­veals the 18 ct. rose gold move­ment. F.P.Journe de­vel­oped a spe­cific bar­rel and a re­mon­toir d’égal­ité, pro­vid­ing bet­ter en­ergy man­age­ment for the in­stan­ta­neous jump of the min­utes and hours.

The sec­ond Vagabondage edi­tion was cre­ated in 2010. 69 pieces in Plat­inum, 68 pieces in red Gold and 10 pieces in Plat­inum with baguette di­a­monds are pro­duced.

V III – DIG­I­TAL JUMP­ING HOURS AND SEC­ONDS

Col­lec­tors have been ea­gerly await­ing the launch of the Vagabondage III Se­ries. This third edi­tion re­tains the flat Tortue case, the same size as the Vagabondage II, with a man­u­ally wound move­ment with a re­mon­toir d’égal­ité that ad­vances the time train each sec­ond. The in­ner smoked sap­phire dial, framed by a screwed “ap­plique” outer dial, still with­out the F.P.Journe signature, re­veals the 18K rose gold move­ment. A win­dow at 10h dis­plays the dig­i­tal hour indi­ca­tions; an­other at 6h the dig­i­tal sec­onds; both are framed in white. The cen­tral min­utes are in­di­cated by a white hand, while the power re­serve at 1h fea­tures a blued steel hand.

The 3 dig­i­tal time dis­plays have now been cre­ated, mak­ing the tril­ogy com­plete. Own­ers of the Vagabondage I and II will be given pri­or­ity to ac­quire the watch with the iden­ti­cal lim­ited se­ries num­ber. Col­lec­tors may thus com­plete their own tril­ogy and pos­sess a part of F.P.Journe horo­log­i­cal his­tory.

THE NEW HAVANA DIAL

F.P. Journe has also cre­ated a warm-coloured dial that per­fectly matches the 40mm plat­inum cases and the caramel al­li­ga­tor straps of the Octa Au­toma­tique Réserve and the Octa Au­toma­tique Lune. The dial colour is unique to F.P Journe, a re­sult of the com­pany’s well-tended in­de­pen­dence, which en­sures its cre­ative free­dom. It was de­vel­oped by Journe’s own dial­mak­ers, Les Cad­raniers de Genève, in a process last­ing sev­eral months. In essence, it is a com­bi­na­tion of gold and ruthe­nium. But to get the colour just right re­quired many ad­just­ments to the for­mula. The two models rep­re­sent a watch­mak­ing ideal blend­ing com­fort, in­no­va­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity. The one-me­ter long main­spring and ex­tremely fast au­to­matic wind­ing give these watches au­ton­omy of more than five days and make them very com­fort­able to wear. A spe­cific wheel train al­lows pre­cise moon phase indi­ca­tions for the Octa Au­toma­tique Lune.

The 3 dig­i­tal time dis­plays have now been cre­ated, mak­ing the tril­ogy com­plete.

Vagabondage III

18k Red Gold

Vagabondage I has a flat Tortue case dif­fers from the round cases gen­er­ally

favoured by the brand

Vagabondage III has a man­u­ally wound move­ment

with a re­mon­toir d’égal­ité that ad­vances the time train

each sec­ond

Vagabondage

II has a man­u­ally

wound move­ment with dig­i­tal

dis­play

Octa Au­toma­tique Réserve & Octa Au­toma­tique Lune

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