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

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2000
    Case No: 067/01R
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe platinum buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe service invoice, presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity confirming delivery of the present watch to the United States in 2000.

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is rare that a modern watch instantly 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 created 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.

    Thus, the present watch is an important example within the history of the model - the Certificate of Authenticity confirms that the present watch was delivered in 2000 to the United States, meaning that it was produced the very year that the model was officially launched. This timepiece belongs to a batch of Resonance timepieces delivered right after the Souscription and Pre-Souscription models were made.

    Journe’s quest for chronometry and accuracy inspired him to use a system originally devised by the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier. He miniaturized it into a pocket watch format first in 1983 and pushed 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 – 2004 are of very high demand by collectors due to its technical prowess combined with the historical relevance.

    Numbered 067, this watch most notably displays an original gold "shiny" dial which is particularly sought-after by collectors and is correct for the serial range. Preserved in excellent condition, the movement of the present watch has recently received a servicing at F.P. Journe. All hallmarks and engravings on the case are crisp and visible. It is even accompanied by its first generation presentation box.

  • 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 early, important and rare platinum dual-time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, brass movement, "shiny dial", certificate of authenticity and presentation box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF453,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022