From today till the end of this week, London-based A Collected Man will be running an online auction for a pencil illustration of F.P. Journe’s first wristwatch – the very first tourbillon remontoir d’egalite.
The work of Julie Kraulis, a Canadian artist who specialises in watch portraits, the auction’s proceeds will go to COVID-Zero, a research initiative that aims to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
Well known in the online watch-collecting community for her highly-detailed drawings, Ms Kraulis ably captured the first-ever wristwatch created by Francois-Paul Journe in 1991, essentially a prototype of his tourbillon and constant force mechanism. Ms Kraulis also added a little bonus within the watch strap – a magnified view of the the patented remontoir mechanism.
Drawn with graphite pencils, the drawing required an incredibly meticulous process of some 300 hours to complete. Measuring about 65 cm by 100 cm, the finished work is a testament to Ms Kraulis’ skill.
Francois-Paul’s personal touch
The sale of this illustration is done with the blessing of Mr Journe, who inscribed a message at the bottom of the canvas in late 2018.
The auction will be live until midnight (GMT+1) on May 31, 2020. To bid, visit Acollectedman.com.
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