F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2008
    Case No: 388-RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance "Black Label"
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499.3, 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 fitted box, Certificate of Authenticity, special Black Label certificate, original invoice, user manual, USB key, polishing cloth and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance represents not only one of modern horology’s technical milestones and one of the most relevant horological breakthroughs of the past decades, but it is also a signature piece by the genius watchmaker. 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 "Résonance "Nouvelle) was launched, it featured a larger 40mm case and a 18K rose gold movement.

    The present Chronomètre à Résonance pushes the boundaries of collectability as it is part of the exclusive “Black Label” collection. It is part of a collection available only to the existing owners of Journe timepieces and only offered from official F.P. Journe boutiques worldwide with extremely limited production numbers (a maximum of two pieces per year per boutique). Elegant and captivating, the present Chronomètre à Résonance 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 third and final generation. Fresh to the market and offered by its original owner, the present “Black Label” Chronomètre à Résonance” is preserved in excellent overall condition and complete with its impressive full set of accessories.

    Please note that the proceeds of the present timepiece will be donated by the consignor to UNICEF.

  • 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 ultra rare, technically impressive limited production platinum dual time chronometer wristwatch with double escapement, black dial, power reserve, certificate of authenticity, original invoice and presentation box, with proceeds going to charity

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for CHF355,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIX featuring the Guido Mondani Collection

Geneva Auction 11 - 12 May 2024