f.p. journe

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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...

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