SON­NERIE SOUVERAINE – GRANDE SON­NERIE (2014) (2016) Jean-Claude Sabrier and Vincent Daveau For: Fans of com­plex move­ments.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Force Of Motion -

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.

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