Wednesday, January 18, 2017

F.P. Journe Vagabondage III - The Third Edition of the Vagabondage Trilogy

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.
Vagabondage III Red Gold
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 30th 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.

Vagabondage I: In the wake of the resounding success of that auction, F.P. Journe launched in 2006 the Vagabondage I Series. The name Vagabondage comes from the fact that the time is indicated by a wandering digital display; the design itself was “vagabond” in that it was created by François-Paul Journe as a satellite creation, in addition to his regular collections. This limited series with a flat Tortue ® case differs from the round cases generally favoured by the brand. It was produced in a series of 69 pieces in Platinum and 10 pieces in Platinum set with baguette diamonds, with a manually wound 18 K rose Gold movement.

Vagabondage II: The second Vagabondage edition was created in 2010. 69 pieces in Platinum, 68 pieces in red Gold and 10 pieces in Platinum with baguette diamonds are produced. It has a manually wound movement with digital display, but also features small seconds at 6h and a power reserve display at 12h. The smoked sapphire crystal dial, without the F.P. Journe signature, reveals the 18 ct. rose gold movement. F.P. Journe developed a specific barrel and a remontoir d’égalité, providing better energy management for the instantaneous jump of the minutes and hours.
Vagabondage III Platinum
Vagabondage III: 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.
Technical specifications
Movement
Calibre 1514
Manual winding
18 K rose Gold

Dimensions of the Movement
Overall dimensions: 29.3 x 28.2 mm
Casing-up dimensions: 29.3 x 28.2 mm
Overall height: 5.88 mm
Height of winding system: 2.96 mm
Diameter of stem thread: S 0.90 mm

Balance
Balance Four inertia weights
Flat Anachron microflamed spring
Mobile stud holders
Free sprung
Nivatronic laser-welded to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 v / h, (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg*cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 260°
24h dial up: > 260°

Main characteristics
1 minute constant force device, patented No EP 1528443
Escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel
Barrel with double spring
Digital hours and seconds indication
Minute indication by central hand
2 position crown
Time adjustment via crown in position 2 and both ways
Second at 6h
Power reserve at 1h

Decoration
High quality
Partly circular grained base plate
Geneva waves on bridges
Polished screw heads, chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Exteriors
Case
Flat Tortue shape ® : 45.2 mm x 37.6 mm
Height: 7.84 mm

Dial
Smoked sapphire

Limited Series
Platinum PT 950: 69 pieces
Red Gold 18 K: 68 pieces

Number of parts
Jewels: 32
Movement without dial: 249
Cased-up on leather strap: 281

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