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About the lot
François-Paul Journe (born in Marseille in 1967) graduated from the Paris School of Watchmaking in 1976 and immediately joined forces with his uncle, a noted restorer of antique timepieces. Before creating his own complete line of wristwatches, Journe restored some of the world's most important historical timepieces, devised and built unique pocket watches to order, and designed and made complications for prestigious watch brands.
In 1996, Journe established a workshop in Geneva, designing and making watch mechanisms for other brands. Three years later, in 1999, he launched his own watches under the label "F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit".
The Chronomètre à Résonance model was launched in 2000, the only wristwatch in the world based on resonance, a natural physical phenomenon. The two balances are synchronized by means of the resonance effect and naturally beat alternately. The negative effects of wrist and body movements are hence considerably reduced.
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This special edition watch, named “Challenger of Record” was produced in a limited edition of 32 pieces in 18k pink gold. It was dedicated to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, current holder of the America's Cup won by its racing team Oracle Team USA., and is equipped with the sophisticated flying tourbillon housed in a thick 20.96mm case which is water-resistant to 1000 meters. The complexity of the movement makes this watch one of the most exceptional horological masterpieces ever made and at the same time one of the most efficient diver’s watches in existence.
This impressive world-time watch houses the caliber 77F0 which has approximately 55 hours of power reserve. To be able to see the automatic movement through the sapphire crystal case back is an added bonus, showcasing an attractive pink gold rotor with guilloche engraving. When looking at the dial, it is no less spectacular. With classic Breguet looks it is a modern marvel for the experienced traveler. By pressing the pusher at 8 o’clock, the time zone instantly changes between two time zones and AM/PM changes are tracked accordingly.
Reference 5970 was introduced to the market at the Basel Fair in April 2005 and replaced the celebrated reference 3970. The model immediately enjoyed great popularity amongst collectors and was available in white gold or pink gold only until 2007 when the production of these two versions ceased. Reference 5970 in yellow gold was in production only in 2008. Since 2008, the model was available exclusively in platinum.
At the 2011 Basel Fair, the reference 5970 was replaced by the smaller reference 5270 which additionally has a day/night indication on the dial, as well as a separate leap year cycle and is equipped with the in-house caliber CH 29-535 PS Q.
Reference 5970 is the last perpetual calendar chronograph of the company featuring the Geneva seal on the movement as Patek Philippe began stamping their movements with the Patek Philippe Seal from mid-2009 as a new quality benchmark for its mechanical timepieces. Despite having been manufactured in recent years, reference 5970 is already today considered a great classic and will not only provide enormous pleasure on its future owner's wrist, but will also be a pillar in any collection focusing on Patek Philippe's history of complicated wristwatches.
The watch presently offered is single-sealed in its original plastic Patek Philippe sleeve.
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