Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, and F.P. Journe, legendary constructor and master watchmaker, have entered into an unprecedented collaboration to unveil the first of F.P. Journe’s new Centigraphe Sport wristwatch from its brand new “Sport Line” collection at Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Auction. This all-aluminium mechanical chronograph watch (numbered 001) will be auctioned at Christie’s Hong Kong Watch Sale on May 30th, 2011, with proceeds and buyers’ premium being donated to the relief efforts for the recent earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The donation ceremony will be held at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo on June 3rd, 2011.
Aurel Bacs, International Head of Watches at Christie’s, said, “This collaboration is a unique event in the world of horology and watch auctions where two leaders – F.P. Journe in watch making and Christie’s in the auction arena – come together and work for a good cause. It is with immense pleasure that our personal friendship and mutual esteem for each other’s work have united us for this meaningful venture. We hope collectors worldwide will feel the same passion as we did when preparing for this charity auction and we hope they will enthusiastically support this worthy cause.”
François-Paul Journe, Master watchmaker and CEO of F.P.Journe, said: “I am happy that Aurel Bacs and François Curiel have accepted, in the name of Christie’s, to auction a new watch for their marvellous May sale in Hong Kong. I will personally support and attend the sale in Hong Kong and I sincerely thank you in the name of those who will receive the proceeds of that sale. I truly wish that bidders will have in mind the beneficiaries of the funds before the acquisition of this unveiled time piece.”