F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2006
    Case No: 033-05RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: 18K pink gold, black mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499.2, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    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 Certificate of Authenticity, service invoice dated 11th September 2013, instruction manual, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    F.P Journe creations are paradoxical. Born from Journe’s mastermind, the “enfant terrible” of horology, they are the result of a subtle blend of innovation, highly skilled technicality mixed with a dash of madness. Yet, every single piece of his collection honours and salutes watchmaking as an Art.

    The Chronomètre à Resonance is no exception. Inspired by the work of the 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier, Journe took the world by surprise in the year 2000 and launched the first-ever wristwatch using the resonance phenomenon. Incorporating two resonating escapements, the movement is composed of two independent balance wheels, alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. When in motion, the balances beat in opposition, naturally synchronising with one another, and thus permitting greater accuracy. One just needs to turn the watch over and peek through the crystal caseback to admire the masterpiece. A feast for the eyes.

    Measuring 40mm diameter and cased in 18K rose gold housing a rose gold movement , the watch adorns two individual time displays and a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. Time setting and winding is done via the crown placed between the top lugs, moving forwards for one time zone and backwards for the other. An additional crown can be found at 4 o’clock that once pulled, resets the seconds hands to zero in perfect synchronisation.

    At first glance, the dial appears to be black contrasting perfectly with the warmth of the gold – yet it’s not actually quite right. Part of an extremely limited edition of just 10 examples made for the historic Singapore based watch retailer Sincere Fine Watches, the dial is made of black mother-of-pearl. Tilt the watch a few degrees towards the light, and its beholder will instantly be delighted with an array of mesmerizing, iridescent shades. Extremely rare, black mother-of-pearl occurs only once for every ten thousand natural white pearls.

    Offered by the original owner, this exceptional ultra-limited Chronomètre à Resonance is preserved in very appealing condition and comes complete with its original guarantee and accessories.

  • 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 captivating pink gold chronometer wristwatch with black mother-of-pearl dial, double escapement, certificate of authenticity and presentation box, part of a limited edition of 10 pieces

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

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF441,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022