F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2002
    Case No: 200-02R
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Warranty stamped Steltman Watches dated 29th January 2004, instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is rare that a modern watch becomes iconic upon its launch. François Paul Journe’s Chronomètre à Resonance is a part of this elite club.

    Launched in 2000 the Chronomètre à Resonance had the effect of a tidal wave in the horological world as it was the world’s first wristwatch using the resonance phenomenon. 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.

    Journe’s quest of chronometry and accuracy inspired him to use a system originally devised by the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier and for the first time miniaturize it into pocket watch format first in 1983 and push the boundaries into creating a wristwatch 17 years later.

    Not only a wonderful tribute to technical watchmaking, the Chronomètre à Resonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch. In recent times, these early and rare first generation examples with a brass movement and a 38mm diameter case made between 2000 – 2005 are of very high demand by collectors due to its technical prowess combined with the historical relevance to the heritage of the young firm.

    The present example is of the rare and desirable first generation example from circa 2002. Offered with its full set of accessories and offered in attractive condition boasting an unpolished case, this rare timepiece will surely be a great addition to any of the world’s finest collection of fine timepieces.

  • 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 very fine, important and rare platinum dual-time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, brass movement, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2002
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$935,000 - 1,870,000 

Sold for HK$3,717,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021