Gstaad, February 16th, 2023 – Unique piece sold for the exceptional amount of CHF 1'000'000 during the Action Innocence Foundation charity gala.

The Manufacture F.P.Journe donated a unique piece, an Automatique presented with an exclusive dial specially made for the Action Innocence.

Action Innocence was founded in Geneva in 1999 by Mrs. Valérie Wertheimer. Its first mission was to point out the emerging abuses of the Internet and to denounce what was being prepared in terms of pedocriminality. The Foundation has developed and given free of charge to interested police services an AntiPedoFiles tracking software that has allowed the arrest of thousands of individuals consuming child pornography material. One of the first actions was to develop a prevention programme targeting children, informing them of various risks surrounding the Internet : coming across disturbing and/or illegal images ; the disclosure of personal data ; meeting the wrong kind of people ; sexting ; cyber-bullying, Internet addiction. More recently, the Foundation has decided to tackle the premature exposure of children to screens, the effects of which are worrying for childcare professionals who are noticing worrying behaviors in their practices: delayed speech development, difficulty relating to other children, attention span deficit, poor fine motor skills, lack of interest in traditional games.

Varnished, lacquered, honed and polished by hand, the dial of this unique Automatique echoes the same themes as those of the Tourbillon Souverain, élégante and Chronomètre Optimum which were gifted to Action Innocence in 2015 and 2017. As for the hours, minutes and seconds, they are displayed on the off-center dial in whitened guilloche Silver secured by a polished Steel circle, while the instantaneous date is revealed through a large window for enhanced legibility.

The bidding for this Automatique started at CHF 45,000. After a fierce battle between several collectors, it was finally sold for CHF 1’000’000. The funds collected will be used by the Action Innocence Foundation to support concrete actions for the protection of children.

The uncluttered design of an F.P.Journe timepiece always reflects the highest level of technical innovation. At the heart of the 40 mm Platinum case, the Octa 1300.3 automatic caliber offers chronometric precision during 120 hours and an exceptional 160-hour power reserve for great comfort of use. Its off-center 22K 5N Gold rotor turns unidirectionally and exploits each slightest movement of the wrist to ensure an optimal winding of the watch. The sapphire glass caseback emphasizes the magnificent 18K rose Gold mechanism as well as the subtle decorations and watchmaking finishes executed by the Manufacture's craftsmen.

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