Manufacturer: F.P. Journe Year: 2004 Movement No: 38*-04R Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance Material: Platinum Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewel Bracelet/Strap: Alligator Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe fitted box and Certificate of Authenticity.
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.
Made between 2000-2005 in very limited numbers the first generation Chronomètre à Resonance featured a 38mm case and brass movement. Lauded by collectors as perhaps the definitive Journe reference this 2004 example is found cased in platinum and complete with full accessories.