Nice new grand sonnerie. It looks hot, but read on and be amazed.
For a start, Journeâ€™s Sonnerie Souveraine is much more than â€˜simplyâ€™ a grand sonnerie; it is a grand et petite sonnerie plus a minute repeater. A sonnerie is a clockwatch; that means that it sounds the time (hours and quarters) in passing – just like an old grandfather clock: although a grandfather clock is likely to strike only the hours or perhaps half hours. A grand sonnerie (full strike) sounds the hours and the quarters at each quarter (every 15 minutes), i.e. at 4.45 we would hear four dongs (hours) and three ding-dongs (quarters). A petite sonnerie (small strike) sounds only the hour at the hour the quarters at the quarters, i.e. at 4.45 we would hear only the three ding-dongs of the quarter hours.
Damn, those boys at the Puristz get to see some nice things. You can’t have nice things!
F.P. Journe’s Sonnerie Souveraine [The Purists]