F.P. Journe presents the third and last edition of the Vagabondage Series, “Vagabondage III”, produced in a limited series of 69 pieces in Platinum and 68 pieces in 18 K red Gold. F.P. Journe is the only Manufacture to design and produce a specific calibre for a series limited to only 137 pieces.
Let’s recall the events leading up to the creation of the Vagabondage, which is the quintessence of anti-marketing. In 2004, François-Paul Journe designed 3 unprecedented watches with a flat Tortue case (patented model), a digital time display and a dial without signature, for the 30 th anniversary of Antiquorum.
Those 3 watches, one in white Gold, one in yellow Gold, and one in rose Gold, with brass movements, were sold at a charity auction for the benefit of the ICM, research institute for brain and spinal cord diseases (www.icm-institute.org). The watches captured the interest of the public, and sold for three times the estimate.
Collectors have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Vagabondage III Series. This third edition retains the flat Tortue ® case, the same size as the Vagabondage II, with a manually wound movement with a remontoir d’égalité that advances the time train each second.
The inner smoked sapphire dial, framed by a screwed “appliqué” outer dial, still without the F.P. Journe signature, reveals the 18 K rose Gold movement. A window at 10h displays the digital hour indications; another at 6h indicates the digital seconds; both are framed in white. The central minutes are indicated by a white hand, while the power reserve at 1h features a blued steel hand.
The 3 digital time displays have now been created, making the trilogy complete. Owners of the Vagabondage I and II will be given priority to acquire the watch with the identical limited series number. Collectors may thus complete their own trilogy and possess a part of F.P. Journe’s horological history.
The Vagabondage III Series will be available in F.P. Journe Boutiques and Espaces, as well as authorised retailers.