Un­veil­ing Vagabondage III In Singapore

2017 marked the in­au­gu­ral din­ner be­tween The Hour Glass and F.P.Journe

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15 Fe­bru­ary 2017 marked the in­tro­duc­tory din­ner be­tween The Hour Glass and mas­ter watch­maker, Mr François-Paul Journe. The din­ner was hosted at iconic Em­press @ Asian Civ­i­liza­tion Mu­seum and watch col­lec­tors ex­changed spir­ited con­ver­sa­tions and view­points on in­de­pen­dent watch­mak­ing. 90 clients were spe­cially picked to at­tend the din­ner, which also served as a launch for Va­gavondage III, the third and fi­nal edi­tion to the Vagabondage tril­ogy. It was un­veiled for the first time in Singapore af­ter its in­tro­duc­tion in Geneva ear­lier this Jan­uary, and guests were in­dulged in a per­sonal shar­ing by the watch­maker him­self on how the rev­o­lu­tion­ary time­piece un­folded from the very first edi­tion.

It all be­gan in 2014, when FrançoisPaul Journe cre­ated three time­pieces with a flat Tortue case (patented) with a digital time dis­play and dial with­out sig­na­ture for the 30th an­niver­sary of An­tiquo­rum. The three watches were in white gold, yel­low gold and rose gold, fit­ted with brass move­ments and sold at a char­ity auc­tion for the ben­e­fit of the ICM, re­search in­sti­tute for brain and spinal cord dis­eases. These watches caught the eye of the pub­lic and were sold for three times the es­ti­mated prices.

The Vagabondage se­ries was there­fore born and col­lec­tors have ea­gerly awaited the launch of the fi­nal model. The third edi­tion re­tains the flat Tortue® case and size sim­i­lar to the Vagabondage II, with a man­u­ally wounded move­ment and re­mon­toir d’égal­ité that ad­vances the time train each sec­ond. The in­ner smoked sap­phire dial still goes with­out the F.P. Journe sig­na­ture but re­veals an 18K rose gold move­ment. A win­dow at 10h dis­plays the digital hour in­di­ca­tions while the other at 6h in­di­cates the digital sec­onds – both of which are framed in white. A white hand in­di­cates the cen­tral min­utes, with a power re­serve at1h fea­tur­ing a blued steel hand.

Other main char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude an es­cape­ment with 15-tooth es­cape wheel, bar­rel with dou­ble spring, 2-po­si­tion crown, time ad­just­ment via crown in po­si­tion 2 and both ways. The watch is also de­signed with a partly cir­cu­lar grained base plate, Geneva waves on bridges, pol­ished screw heads with cham­fered slots and pegs with pol­ished rounded ends.

Own­ers of the Vagabondage I and II will be given pri­or­ity to pur­chase the fi­nal edi­tion, com­plet­ing the tril­ogy, with an iden­ti­cal se­ries num­ber. This en­ables col­lec­tors to pos­sess a part of F.P.

Journe’s horo­log­i­cal history. Vagabondage III is only pro­duced in 69 plat­inum pieces and 68 18K Red Gold pieces.

The Hour Glass is the ex­clu­sive re­tailer of F.P. Journe in Singapore.

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