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Time-limited luxuries

FP Journe’s very first Centigraphe Sport goes up for sale – in support of a worthwhile cause

Time-limited luxuries

May 28 2011
Vicki Reeve

News of the unveiling of an haute timepiece will make our horolophile readers tick. And when that launch is by the esteemed independent maker FP Journe and combined with an auction of the very first timepiece in the range – and for charity – it’s enough to make them start clearing space in their safe. And they’re bound to find stiff competition for this one.

The master watchmaker François-Paul Journe himself was so moved by the devastating effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan that he has handed over his very first Centigraphe Sport watch (numbered 001) from the new Sport Line collection to Christie’s to sell in aid of the relief effort. The auction takes place on May 30 2011 at Christie’s Watch Sale in Hong Kong.

The Centigraphe Sport – the first all-aluminium (movement, case and bracelet) chronograph wristwatch – was created in response to a marathon-running, triathlon-competing collector of FP Journe timepieces who wanted a sports piece that was ultra-light but that retained a movement worthy of the term haute horology. The Centigraphe Sport, which is not only super-chic but can also measure a 100th of a second, weighs a mere 55g and is scratch-resistant, anti-allergic and anti-corrosive, seems to be the perfect response.

If you want to bid for the new timepiece, prepare to be in it for the long haul, build up your staying power and work fast – my guess is that you’ll need to beat the gentleman who inspired its making.