At Christie’s Hong Kong sale in May, the first all-aluminium F.P. Journe Centigraphe Sport No 001 sold for an extraordinary US$465,170, close to ten times its original estimate. The sale was to raise funds to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The donation ceremony took place on June 3 at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo.
Gathered for the ceremony were the Ambassador Mr. Urs Bucher, Mr. François-Paul Journe, Ms. Yuko Fukagawa from Christie’s Japan, Mr Richard Bliah, founder of the Franco-Japanese FERE foundation, and the representative of Médecins du Monde. With its program ‘100 maisons pour 100 familles’, the FERE Foundation is constructing temporary anti-seismic wooden houses to relocate families that are victims in the northern city of Tome.
François-Paul Journe said: “I am tremendously happy that the charity sale of the Centigraphe Sport will contribute to bring relief aid to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. I sincerely thank all those who have allowed this extraordinary project to come to reality, Christie’s as well as all auction bidders. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The extraordinary amount gathered by the Centigraphe Sport during the Christie’s auction allows me to present this Mokuroku today to Mr. Richard Bliah. It will enable the FERE Foundation to finance the construction of 7 anti- seismic houses. Japan welcomed us so warmly when I opened my first Boutique in Toyko, and I wanted to reciprocate today in providing a new roof to Japanese families in need.”