Created to raise funds for Action Innocence, a pair of unique F.P. Journe watches sold for a total of SFr705,000, that’s about US$770,000, at an auction a day ago. The bulk of the money came from the SFr650,000 raised by a one of a kind Tourbillon Souverain with a purple dial finished with a crosshatch decoration.
The Tourbillon Souverain sold for SFr350,000 to Lebanese gem dealer and watch collector Claude Sfeir, a noted power in the international auction market who was the underbidder for the US$24 million Henry Graves super complication. The underbidder for the Journe, Robert Manoukian, a businessman who made his fortune through deals the Brunei royal family, generously added another SFr300,000 to the tally.
And a special Elegante, F.P. Journe’s clever quartz watch for ladies, sold for SFr55,000. This also features dial accents in purple, the colour of the Action Innocence logo.
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