The renowned complicated masterpiece gets a 90° twist.
In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tourbillon Souverain, the manufacture didn't settle for something like a new dial color or simple engraving. Instead François-Paul Journe and his team turned the centerpiece of the watch – a tourbillon – into vertical state, for the first time in the history of the collection. And we’re talking one of the most complicated pieces of the brand here. The dial inscription ‘Tourbillon Remontoir d'Egalité Seconde Morte' pretty much sums the things up: a 30-seconds tourbillon sitting perpendicular to the shape of the case meets a constant force mechanism – the remontoir – transmitting the equal amount of energy each second and paired here with a dead-beat seconds indication. How cool is that?
As always with F.P. Journe, the manually wound movement is executed in rose gold and finished to the insane level. The attention to detail is also crazy. For example, the mirror-polished ring is added just to reflect some extra light to the tourbillon cage. We’d bet, the lucky owners will stare at the transparent caseback for days. And strictly speaking, the ‘dial’ is also a movement plate with exception of two enamel sub-dials and a power reserve indicator displaying the current status of a 80-hour barrel. The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical comes in a 42 mm platinum or red gold cases, with the price of both closing to CHF 250,000.
Oct. 01, 2019