F. P. Journe
Vagabondage Three-Piece Set | Platinum

Limited set of 69

Regular price

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F. P. Journe
Vagabondage Three-Piece Set | Platinum

Limited set of 69

Regular price

A Collected Man is proud to offer a rare opportunity to acquire a set, containing three F.P. Journe Vagabondage watches, all in platinum, with rose-gold movements. This set includes the Vagabondage I, II and III, which were introduced sequentially in 2006, 2010, and 2017.

Initially all sold individually, and limited to sixty-nine pieces for each model in platinum, the three watches were later assembled into a set. The collector who assembled this set was given the same individual number Vagabondage II and III, later tracking down a Vagabondage I with an identical number. The assembly of the set was carried out with the help of F.P. Journe, through the Patrimoine Service.

The Story of the Vagabondage

The story of the Vagabondage starts in 1995, before Francois-Paul Journe established his own manufacture, when he was approached by a French watch collector, who asked him to create a wandering hours watch. Since this would require the development of a new movement, which was time-consuming and expensive, M. Journe asked the client if he would be open to doing the watch as a series, rather than a one-off pièce unique.

The client was agreeable, and a rather large brand, rumoured to be Cartier, was approached. Unfortunately, the brand in question pulled their interest from the project as soon as the first prototype was completed. Some years later, ahead of their 30th-anniversary charity auction, Antiquorum approached M. Journe, asking him to create a special watch to be auctioned off at their anniversary sale. As M. Journe himself recounts,

“It was then that I felt that this was the right time to bring my watch with the vagabond hours out from my drawer and give it to the world. Thus, was born the Vagabondage.”

Three tortue-shaped, jumping-time Vagabondage watches were created for the auction, in red, white and yellow gold. Upon an enthusiastic public reception of the pieces, M. Journe decided to produce a small batch of sixty-nine Vagabondage I watches, first released in 2004.

The Vagabondage I, II and III

The Vagabondage I is a jumping hour watch, featuring an unusual display. A white window, printed on a transparent disk, highlights the correct hours on a black disk, which displays the hours in F.P. Journe’s signature font. Both disks travel around the dial, pointing the minute on a classical track on the periphery. The result is simple and legible, yet technically challenging. Prominent in the middle of the dial is the regulating organ, which oscillates at a rate of 21,600 A/h.

The Vagabondage II, introduced in 2010, is a progression on this initial approach, using jumping minutes in addition to the digital jumping hours display. François-Paul Journe created a watch with jumping indications, both for the minutes and the hours, with the help of three independent discs. In addition, the Vagabondage II featured a small second sub-dial and a power reserve. The ‘smoked’ sapphire dial is faintly tinted, optimising legibility and allowing the mechanics of the movement to be exposed.

Introduced in 2017, the Vagabondage III is the third and last in Journe’s series of Vagabondage watches. It was the first ever wristwatch to feature a jumping digital seconds indication. The design features F. P Journe’s one-minute remontoire d'égalité system in the movement gear train, managing the energy needed to rotate the jumping disks. As a result, the Vagabondage III is not only the most visually exposed of the series, but also the most technically challenging to accomplish. The disk on the right (which jumps every second), drives the disk on the left, jumping every 10 seconds. Overall, the two jumping seconds make for a visually dynamic experience - changing constantly.

The Vagabondage I is housed in a svelte, 42 x 34 mm ‘tortue’ case, made distinctive by its unconventional shape and elegant profile - measuring 7.2mm in thickness - and vertically-brushed, flat bezel. The Vagabondage II and III share the same case proportions, albeit in a slightly larger size, measuring 45.2 x 37.6mm in span and 7.84 mm in thickness.

The Set

Sets such as these, assembled by collectors, rarely appear on the market, especially with two out of the three pieces unworn. The set is accompanied by three Luxembourg grey Saffiano straps, as well as the original F.P. Journe straps and three platinum deployante buckles.

It is also accompanied by a Certificate of Warranty for the Vagabondage II from May 2011 and for the Vaganbondage III from May 2018 and a Certificate of Authenticity for the Vagabondage I. The set is housed in a custom-made box, made exclusively for collectors who assembled the triptych Vagabondage sets.

A Collected Man is delighted to be able to offer a rare opportunity to acquire this truly iconic, collectors’ set.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Vagabondage I, II and III
Movement: mechanical manual-winding 18k rose-gold movement
Functions: time-only: jumping hours (I, II, III), jumping minutes (II), jumping seconds (III)
Features: display-back
42 x 34 x 7.2mm platinum (I); 45.2 x 37.6 x 7.84mm platinum (II and III) tortue case
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Strap: Luxembourg light grey Saffiano straps and black alligator strap (x3) from F. P. Journe with platinum deployant buckle (x3)
Lug/buckle width: 20/19mm
Year: c. 2004; 2011; 2018
Box & papers: numbered box (XX/69), with Certificate of Warranty for II and III and copy of Certificate of Warranty for I (Certificate of Authenticity to follow)
The Vagabondage I, II and III all remain in excellent condition, with two out of the three pieces unworn, with perfect mechanical functionality. All three watches come on a black alligator strap from F. P. Journe with corresponding platinum deployant buckle.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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