Unveiling Vagabondage III In Singapore
2017 marked the inaugural dinner between The Hour Glass and F.P.Journe
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.