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The limited edition F.P. Journe Chronométre Souverain Black Label in platinum. For the uninitiated, François-Paul Journe is a watchmaker who is continually breaking new horological ground. He is widely considered to be one of the finest living watch makers of today. Described as an unruly child, Journe was sent to a local technical school aged 14, after which, he attended the Paris Watchmaking school where he graduated in 1976. Journe cites the late Mr. George Daniels CBE as his inspiration; thought to be the finest watchmaker of the 20th century. His famed book, Watchmaking by George Daniels, was Journe’s guidebook while making his first pocket watch around 1979. Fast forward to 1990, Journe made his first tourbillon wristwatch which was initially intended to be an edition of twelve hand made pieces. He would end up only completing three examples, due to his finding the repetitive process boring. Shortly after this, in 1999, Journe released a series of tourbillon watches, benefitting from updated machinery at the FP atelier. This series was limited to 20 pieces and sold to close friends or collectors who each paid deposits of $59,000 in advance to fund the project. This series of limited edition pieces, under the title of Black Label, is restricted to twelve pieces per boutique, per year, and two pieces per model. Each of the watches feature a platinum case with a black dial, giving the series a very slick appearance. This move really helps in letting their collectors know how much consideration they have for them. You cannot simply walk into a Journe boutique and buy one, you should already have collected multiple pieces by the brand and be in the right place at the right time to pick one up. That being said, it is possible to source these pieces occasionally through other dealers, with this particular piece being available through @a_collected_man in Farringdon, London at £24,000. World Atlas & Document Case by @smythson at £215.00 and £450.00 respectively.