F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2015
    Case No: 150-RT
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Résonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe fitted box, USB key and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    François-Paul Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance, 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.

    An iconic piece of horological history, the Résonance has slowly evolved from a 38mm case to a 40mm case with rose gold movement. The present watch is the 3rd generation resonance model, launched in 2010 and in production until 2019. In this version, the hands indicating hours and minutes have been replaced by two rotating discs, the hours being read on a 24h scale. The 24 hour time indication was then used in the 2019 Résonance RT and in the current Résonance à remontoirs d’égalités.

    Featuring a 40mm platinum case and a movement made in pink gold, the present 3rd generation Chronomètre à Résonance is a phenomenal display of Journe’s technical mastery and a must have in any collection.

  • 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 unusual and cutting edge platinum dual time wristwatch with double escapement and presentation box

Circa 2015
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF289,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021