F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2003
    Case No: 292-03R
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by unstamped F.P. Journe warranty instruction manual, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Francois-Paul Journe’s Chronomètre à Resonance was launched with the first breaths of the new millennium and immediately caught the attention of connoisseurs and enthusiasts. However, this model, especially in its 38mm and brass movement livery has reached the peaks of collectability and cult status in the past years and quite rightly so.

    Journe’s quest of chronometry and accuracy inspired him to use a system originally devised by the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier and for the first time miniaturize it into pocket watch format first in 1983 and push the boundaries into creating a wristwatch 17 years later.

    The caliber 1499 uses two balance wheels beating in synchrony with each other and the result is resonance eliminating deviation and increase better timekeeping. Launched in 2000 the Chronomètre à Resonance had the effect of a tidal wave in the horological world as it was the world’s first wristwatch using the resonance phenomenon. The movement is composed of two independent balances alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. When in motion, the balances create the resonance effect and beat in opposition, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy.

    Made from 2000 to 2005, the first generation Chronomètre à Resonance, like the present lot, features rhodium plated brass movements and a 38mm case. The second generation was housed in a 40mm case with a gold movement.

    The present example from circa 2003 in platinum with an attractively aged copper dial is a sight to behold. Not only does it come from its desirable early generation of the model, but it is also further complimented by its full set of accessories. With the ever-increasing demand and interest for early Journe pieces, the present example is right up its alley.

  • 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 very fine, rare and early platinum dual-time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, brass movement, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2003
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$1,300,000 - 2,300,000 
€159,000-281,000
$167,000-295,000

Sold for HK$2,457,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022