F.P. Journey presents the third and last edition of the Vagabondage Series, the Vagabonde III.
In 2004, François-Paul Journe designed three unprecedented watches with a flat Tortue case, a digital time display and a dial without signature, for the 30th anniversary of Antiquorum. Those three watches – in white, yellow and red gold featuring brass movements – were sold at a charity auction for the benefit of the ICM research institute for brain and spinal cord diseases.
In the wake of the resounding success of that auction, F.P. Journe launched in 2006 the Vagabonde I Series. The name comes from the fact that the time is indicated by a wandering digital display; the design itself was “vagabond” in that it was created as a satellite creation, in addition to his regular collections.
The second Vagabonde edition was created in 2010 and since then collectors have been awaiting the launch of the Vagabonde III Series. This third edition retains the flat Tortue case, the same size as the Vagabonde 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 rose gold movement. A window at 10 o’clock displays the digital hour indications; another at 6 oc’clock indicates the digital seconds; both are framed in white. The central minutes are indicated by a white hand, while the power reserve at 1 o’clock features a blued steel hand.
F.P. Journey designed and produced a new calibre for this watch. Yes, you read that right: a new calibre for a series with only 137 pieces in total.
The Vagabonde III is produced in a limited series of 69 pieces in platinum and 68 pieces in red gold. And: 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. Journey’s horological history. How amazing is that?