F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2004
    Case No: 014-04RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: F.P. Journe leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe undated Warranty card stamped by Italian retailer "Barozzi Ennio", additional platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle, additional black leather F.P. Journe strap, additional grey leather F.P. Journe strap, instruction booklet, polishing cloth, wooden presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following its debut with a tourbillon timepiece, F.P. Journe’s second release in 2000 was no less technically impressive and has gone on to become an icon and cornerstone of the brand’s production: the Resonance.

    Tackling what until a few years ago was an obscure physical phenomenon - the fact that two movements placed in close proximity to each other and regulated to a very similar frequency tend to resonate with each other - Journe managed to produce a wristwatch with dual resonating movements which increase each other’s resistance to outside perturbations. The Resonance is now regarded not only as a technical masterpiece, but also a superb example of contemporary watchmaking and design.

    In 2004 the second generation of the model (the “RN” series) was launched. Represented by the present timepiece it differentiates itself from the earlier production for its larger 40mm case (versus the 38mm of the first iteration) and the presence of a solid gold movement. Most notably, the two dials still bear, like for the previous version, identical 12 hours indication. This is the last version to bear such a detail as from the third generation on, Resonance watches have been fitted with two different dials: one indicating 12 hours, the other indicating 24 hours. Indeed, the third generation (RT series) feature a 24 hours disc indication on the left subdial (though there are limited editions made with analogic dial as well, albeit always indicating 24 hours), and finally the recently released fourth iteration (RQ series) goes back to analogic indications.

    Adding a layer of historical appeal, the present watch appears to be one of the earliest 2nd generation specimens made: the serial number 13-04 indicates it was the thirteenth such watch made in 2004, the year of its launch - thus it is the 13th 2nd generation Resonance to leave Journe’s atelier.

    Offered in excellent condition and complete of all its accessories, including most importantly its original Warranty card stamped by Italian retailer “Barozzi”, this is a remarkable chance for the collector of important modern timepiece to own a Resonance. Given the appeal and scarcity of these pieces - the overall production of the company amounts to less than 1000 pieces per year - such occasions are destined only to become more uncommon and economically challenging.

  • 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 ingenious and highly sought after platinum dual time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, warranty and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF140,000 - 280,000 

Sold for CHF226,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022