F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2004
    Case No: 387-04R
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Résonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity, product literature, fitted box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the launch of his Tourbillon in 1999 followed by the Résonance in 2000 François-Paul Journe not immediately created a design language he still uses today but two icons of contemporary horology.

    The first generation Chronomètre à Résonance featured a 38mm diameter case with brass movement and was inspired by the work of the great 18th century watchmaker, Antide Janvier. In 1983, Journe sought to emulate the legendary Janvier by creating a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon, and 16 years later, he introduced his now iconic Resonance wristwatch. It was the world’s first wristwatch to use the resonance phenomenon, whereby the movement is composed of two independent balances, alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. When in motion, the balances create the resonance effect and beat in opposition, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy.

    Not only a wonderful tribute to technical watchmaking, the Chronomètre à Résonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch.

    The present example with its vibrant yellow gold dial dates from 2004 and thus is part of the very last batch of first-generation Résonance models with a brass movement and 38mm case.

  • Artist Biography

    F.P. Journe

    Swiss • 1999

    Founded by watchmaker François-Paul Journe in 1999, the F.P. Journe brand is relatively young, but already is as highly regarded by collectors as many distinguished manufacturers with centuries-old heritage. In the minds of the world's savviest collectors, Journe is producing some of the finest wristwatches the market has ever seen. Mastering his craft from restoring historical timepieces, he was the first to create a wristwatch incorporating two escapements that benefit from the phenomenon of resonance — the Chronomètre à Résonance.

    Key models include the Résonance, tourbillon wristwatches incorporating a remontoir and the limited edition Vagabondage series. Especially sought-after are his earliest "souscription" watches, made in 1999.

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A technically impressive, rare and attractive platinum chronometer dual time wristwatch with double escapement, Certificate of Authenticity and presentation box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF180,000 - 360,000 

Sold for CHF352,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022