Following the sale of the ultra-limited and superbly executed Urban Jürgensen Big 8 London Edition, which raised over USD 37,000 for Covid-19 research, London-based watch curator, retailer and vintage specialist A Collected Man is about to initiate a second project with the idea of raising funds for the COVID-Zero Research Initiative. This time, it will be an illustration made for A Collected Man by Julie Kraulis in 2018, of Francois-Paul Journe’s first-ever wristwatch, signed by Journe himself.
Julie Kraulis, based in Toronto, Canada, is a well-know artist – her work can be seen on her Instagram page here – in the watch community, renowned for her collection of graphite drawings devoted to watches. Through her ‘horological portraits’ painted with pencils, Julie recreates the intricate details of iconic timepieces with an insane level of precision.
In 2018, A Collected Man asked Kraulis to make a portrait of an important watch, by an important watchmaker, Francois-Paul Journe’s first-ever wristwatch, the 1991 Tourbillon No.1 with Remontoir d’Egalité – still at that time almost a prototype watch, which laid the foundation for the Tourbillon Souverain Souscription Series and First Generation, the brand’s first proper production watches.
Taking over three hundred hours to complete using graphite pencil only, the drawing is inscribed and signed by Journe himself, who left a small message at the bottom of it (with the illustration measuring about 25.75″ by 40″).
This drawing (not a print but the original artwork) will be auctioned from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st May, with bidding closing at midnight (London time) on the last day. All proceeds, not just profits, from the sale will be donated to the Wellcome Trust, COVID-Zero Research Initiative, specifically in their efforts to fund vaccine development against the virus. This will come in addition to the funds raised by the sale of the Big 8 London Edition.
The auction will take place on A Collected Man’s website here, with bidders having to pre-register their interest and the highest bid always being displayed.