F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2007
    Case No: 256-RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance Black Label
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499.2, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Warranty card dated Dec 17th 2007, Black Label Certificate of Guarantee dated 2007, instruction booklet, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its launch in 2000, the Chronomètre à Résonance has become one of contemporary horology’s most iconic timepieces. Inspired by the works of the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier, Journe took up the challenge in 1983 to create a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon, followed by the first ever wristwatch to use the phenomenon around 17 years later. The movement is composed of two independent balance wheels, when in motion, the balance wheels create the resonance effect and beat in synchrony, naturally evening out each others’ discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy.

    In 2004 the second generation of the model (the RN series for "Resonance "Nouvelle) was launched. Represented by the present timepiece, it differentiates itself from the earlier production series thanks to its larger 40mm case (versus the 38mm of the first iteration) and the presence of the first 18K rose gold movement with the caliber 1499.2. The RN series was officially discontinued in 2009 with its caliber 1499.2 being in production for a limited time before being replaced by caliber 1499.3 featuring a different power reserve. It is believed that few calibers 1499.2 where made during a short transitional period between 2005 to 2006 - consequently, making them possibly rarer than first generation, brass-movement pieces.

    The present Chronomètre à Resonance differentiates itself even further as it showcases the rarefied Black Label dial that is exclusively made available to the existing owners of Journe timepieces and is only offered from official F.P. Journe boutiques worldwide with extremely limited production numbers. Elegant and captivating, the present Chronomètre à Resonance is truly a sight to behold, its black dial further accentuates the perfect symmetry between the two identical 12 hours indicators, notably the RN series was the last model to feature such a detail with later models either featuring a 24 and 12-hour indicator or rotating discs indicating the hours and minutes with analog 12-hour indicator to the right for the 3rd and final generation.

    Preserved in excellent overall condition and complete with its full set of accessories the present Chronomètre à Resonance Black Label is a rare version of one of the most relevant horological breakthroughs of the past decades. Certain to appeal to the admirer of technical contemporary horology, this is truly a marvel to behold for collectors looking to acquire a rare specimen of the revered Resonance.

  • 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 fine and rare limited edition platinum dual time chronometer wristwatch with double escapement, black dial, power reserve, certificate of authenticity and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF444,500

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