F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2004
    Case No: 368-04R
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Résonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe undated and unstamped Warranty card, instruction booklet, polishing cloth, additional cardboard travel sleeve, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally released at the beginning of the millennium, the F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance can certainly be considered as one of the most daring and thought provoking watches of the past 30 years. The model 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 two balances create a resonance effect and beat in opposition, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy. Inspired by the early works of the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier and by Abraham Louis Breguet, Journe in 1983 set off to develop and successfully implement the resonance system into a pocket watch only to further push its boundaries almost 17 years later in creating a wristwatch version.

    Made from 2000 to 2004, first generation Chronomètre à Resonance, like the present lot, feature rhodium plated brass movements and a 38mm case. Highly sought-after by collectors, these early Journe combine technical prowess with historical relevance. As a dual-time wristwatch, the two time-zones are presented on separate silver guilloché subdials that show the hours, minutes and seconds in a 12-hour display. In 2004 the second generation models (the RN series for "Resonance "Nouvelle") would introduce rose gold movements to replace brass and housed predominantly in a larger 40mm cases.

    Cased in platinum and in excellent overall condition, the present F.P Journe Chronomètre à Résonance is further accompanied by its full set of accessories. Featuring a rare brass movement and possibly being one of the last models to feature one, the present Chronomètre à Résonance is a unique opportunity to obtain a historically important timepiece that has become one of the most important horological breakthroughs of the early 21st century.

  • 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, important and rare platinum dual-time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, brass movement and presentation box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF241,300

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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