F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2010
    Case No: 013-CB
    Model Name: Chronomètre Bleu
    Material: Tantalum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Tantalum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificat D'Authenticité dated June 30, 2021, instruction manual, note from the boutique, book, polishing cloth and factory box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Chronomètre Bleu is one of the most talked-about and sought-after wristwatches produced in recent times. In 2011, Journe decided to introduce an entry level wristwatch to his notoriously highly complicated collection (his first model was in fact a tourbillon piece, followed by the Resonance). He however wanted a piece still capable of impacting the industry with a bang despite its simplicity. In hindsight, we can say that the mission was more than accomplished.

    Numbered 13, the present model is a particularly early example, making it stand out within the history of the Chronomètre Bleu. Journe created a case made out of the highly rare and delicate to handle tantalum, granting the piece a slick and unusual - but at the same time very elegant - greyish/blue tint. The size is a very contemporary 39mm, and the design is simple and masculine, the one hint of flamboyance being the Journe-style crown.

    Perfectly complementing the exotic hue of the case, the dial was realized in a sublime and breathtaking metallic blue hue, entirely mirror-finished save for the azurage of the subsidiary seconds’ counter (achieving then a two-tone effect). The elegant and highly legible white numerals and hands complete the ensemble, for a final result which strikes an incredible balance between sport and sophistication.

  • 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 particularly early and elegant tantalum wristwatch with two-tone blue dial, certificate of authenticity and presentation box

2010
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 60,000 
€29,500-58,900
$31,900-63,700

Sold for CHF113,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022