Astronomic Souveraine 44mm Steel

After the success of the prototype’s sale at the Only Watch auction, F.P.Journe presents the final version: Astronomic Souveraine. It is a grand complication watch in a Steel case, with tourbillon and Minute Repeater, whose vocation is to recall a long-forgotten gesture. That of losing oneself in the stars in order to better find one’s way on Earth. There was a time when that poetic idea was not a paradox, but a self-evident truth. and like the instruments that were once used for the observation of the stars, the Astronomic Souveraine is above all a tool. But rather than opening a window onto the celestial vault, it celebrates Time in all its glory. The inspiration for the project was an adolescent’s drawing, found crumpled up behind the wastepaper bin. That sketch was done fifteen years ago by François-Paul Journe’s son, Charles. Having drawn the sketch almost without thinking, on second thought the young man decided it was not appropriate. After all, he wasn’t the watchmaker in the family! and yet… On the dial, there was a curved aperture for the path of the sun. It was a good idea. But what could be done with it? A self-winding watch? Why not? As long as there were not too many additional complications. François-Paul Journe began his research. His quest for the ideal watch took six years. and finally, it was back to the drawing board. The watch would have a manual-wind calibre that would allow more functions. It would be necessary, however, to ensure the delivery of enough energy to power all of them.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Movement:

    18K Rose Gold, Manual Winding, 34 Turns Of Crown

  • Caliber:

    1619

  • Diameter:

    44 mm

  • Dial:

    White Gold and Whitened Guilloché Silver

  • Hands:

    Blued Steel and 5N Gilt Steel

  • Power Reserve:

    40 Hours

  • Frequency:

    21,600 v/h (3Hz)

  • No. of Components:

    758

  • No. of Jewels:

    68

  • Straps:

    Alligator

  • Clasp:

    Pin Buckle

  • Indications:

    Front: Hours And 2Nd Time Zone At 3h00, Minutes In The Centre, Sunrise And Sunset At 12h00, Sidereal Hours And Minutes At 9h00, Power Reserve At 6h00, Moon Phases At 5h00, Second On Disc At 7h00, Back: Equation Of Time In The Center, Annual Calendar At 10h00

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