The purpose of the SIHH may be to discover new watches that will soon be available to the general public, but one of the pleasures of spending the week in Geneva is meeting collectors who own watches we will likely never see again. Claude Sfeir is one of those collectors, and when he gave us a call to come see "something small," well we knew it would be anything but. We met Claude in one of Geneva’s oldest hotels, and took a few quick snaps of the watch in question. Turns out, we were right.
The F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine is anything but a small watch, and in pink gold with a lapis lazuli dial, it is both unique and superlative. The reference, Journe’s most complicated to date, was launched in 2006, and the watch was originally presented in a stainless steel case. Per Claude’s request, this unique piece was made in pink gold, with a pink gold bracelet, and some major changes to the dial too.
The main dial here is cut from a single piece of Lapis Lazuli, and the numerals for the hours are in Eastern Arabic. All Sonnerie Souveraine models are delivered with their owner’s name on the back, and in this case the name is also in Arabic. Needless to say, this is a truly special watch, made for a special person.
For more on all of the F.P. Journe collections, visit their website.