This One-of-a-Kind F.P. Journe Watch Is Being Auctioned to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Miami is the place to be next week. On Saturday, March 2, Phillips will host an exclusive, invite-only event to auction a one-of-a-kind F.P. Journe watch with 100 percent of the final sale price benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. If you can’t make it down to The Magic City, don’t worry. Everyone is welcome to bid on the piece unique by phone or online by contacting

Up for grabs is the Elegante 48 mm Titalyt. This timepiece tows the perfect balance between past and present. It features a flat tortue case reminiscent of watches from the early 20th century as a small ode to the rich history of watchmaking that is always at the core of F.P. Journe’s designs. However, the remainder of this Elegante is thoroughly modern. It offers oversized 48mm proportions and a dark gray Titalyt build, a unique material made from grade five titanium subjected to electro-plasma oxidation to increase its hardness and corrosion resistance.

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F.P. Journe Elegante 48 mm Titalyt
F.P. Journe Elegante 48 mm Titalyt

Inside, the model houses the electromechanical caliber 1210. This movement is equipped with a motion detection sensor, visible through an aperture in the dial at four o’clock. This allows the watch to preserve battery life by “hibernating” after 35 minutes of inactivity, stopping the hands from moving. When the watch is moved again, a small motion detector “awakens” the watch, and it automatically sets itself to the correct time, with the hands taking the shortest path, whether clockwise or counterclockwise. Unlike typical quartz watches, this model showcases the movement through an exhibition caseback, highlighting its rose gold plating and high-horology finishing, like the engraved battery bridge decorated with Cotes de Genève and beveled and polished screw heads.

The Elegante 48 mm Titalyt wouldn’t be complete without a few pink touches in honor of breast cancer awareness and the official color of the cause. Most obviously, you’ll notice the pink strap. However, the numeral one on the dial has also been rendered in pink to emphasize the watch’s one-of-a-kind status.

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