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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2007
    Case No: 343-RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Guarantee, product literature, polishing cloth, fitted presentation box outer packaging and service papers from VR Horlogerie in Belgium dated July 2019
    Literature: F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit by Jean-Pierre Grosz is dedicated to Francois-Paul Journe and his work.

  • Catalogue Essay

    François-Paul Journe’s Chronomètre à Resonance, launched in 2000, 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.

    Inspired by the work of the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier, Journe rose to the challenge in 1983 and created a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon and launched a wristwatch 17 years later.

    In addition to being a maverick, the Chronomètre à Resonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch.

    The present example is part of the 2nd generation models featuring a 40mm case and a pink gold movement and made only between 2005 and 2008. Interestingly Journe has produced more timepieces cased in platinum than pink gold making the present example in pink gold with lovely grey dial even more covetable.

    In overall excellent condition it is complete with its original certificate and presentation box, further adding to its collectibility.

  • 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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An attractive and technically impressive pink gold dual time wristwatch with double escapement, original guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2007
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 80,000 
€45,300-72,600
$54,400-87,100

Sold for CHF163,800

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021