SONNERIE SOUVERAINE – GRANDE SONNERIE (2014) (2016) Jean-Claude Sabrier and Vincent Daveau For: Fans of complex movements.
Split into two sections, Sonnerie Souveraine – Grande Sonnerie starts by tracing the history of the grande sonnerie from clocks to watches, before diving into the F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine, a grande and petite sonnerie with minute repeater. Every aspect of this vastly complicated timepiece – the movement is made up of over 400 parts – is explained with technical illustrations.
The concluding pages delve deep into the 10 patents for the watch, detailing for instance the double-drive barrel that supplies power to both the timekeeping and the chiming mechanisms. Two versions of the book are available: a basic edition, and the “luxury” version, which is packaged in a box with a tiny speaker that plays the chimes of the sonnerie when opened.