F.P. Journe introduced the third and last edition of the Vagabondage Series, the Vagabondage III, produced in a limited series of 69 pieces in platinum and 68 pieces in red gold.
The watch follows the Vagabondage I and the Vagabondage II models. The name Vagabondage was originally chosen because the time was indicated by a wandering digital display.
The Vagabondage story began in 2003, when François-Paul Journe designed 3 watches with a level Tortue case (protected model), a digital time display and a metal development, for the 30th anniversary of the Antiquorum auction house. The 3 watches – one in white gold, one in yellow gold, and one in rose gold, with metal developments – sold for three times the estimate. Following that success, F.P. Journe launched, in 2006, the Vagabondage I Series that was produced in 69 pieces in platinum and 10 pieces in platinum set with loaf diamonds, with a physically wound rose gold development.
From left to right, the Vagabondage I and the Vagabondage II
The Vagabondage II was designed in 2009. Fitted with a physically twisted development with remontoir d’égalité and digital display, it highlighted little seconds at 6 o’clock and a force hold display at 12 o’clock. The rose gold development was visible through a smoked sapphire crystal dial, without the F.P. Journe signature. 69 pieces in platinum, 68 pieces in red gold and 10 pieces in platinum with roll diamonds were produced.
Retaining the level Tortue case and a similar size of the Vagabondage II (45.2 mm x 37.6 mm with a height of 7.84 mm), the new Vagabondage III highlights a 3 Hz (21,600 vph) physically twisted development with a remontoir d’égalité that advances the time train each second.
The inner smoked sapphire dial, outlined by a screwed “appliqué” external dial, still without the F.P. Journe signature, uncovers the 18 carats rose gold development.
A window at 10 o’clock displays the digital hour while the second window at 6 o’clock indicates the digital jumping seconds, a world premiere.
Minutes are indicated by the central white hand. The force save, indicated by a blued steel hand, completes the dial indications.
The Vagabondage III Series will be available in F.P. Journe Boutiques just as authorized retailers with prices of around Swiss Francs 54,000/Euro 51,000 for the red gold version and Swiss Francs 56,000/Euro 53,000 in platinum (prices before local duties).
Collectors who own the Vagabondage II will be given priority to acquire the Vagabondage III, with the possibility to choose a model with a similar limited series number. fpjourne.com