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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Case No: 255-CB
    Model Name: Chronomètre Bleu
    Material: Tantalum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe warranty dated 3rd April 2012 stamped Abate San Remo, instruction manual, cloth, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its debut in 1999, F.P. Journe has never failed to impress, being the only manufacturer of fine timepieces to have won three Aiguille d’Or awards at the GPHG. In 2011, F.P. Journe decided to create an “entry level” chronometer timepiece for admirers of the manufacturer to own an F.P. Journe timepiece. With that said, the common “entry level” timepiece by other manufacturers are usually in stainless steel with an integrated bracelet. Journe did not want to create the common wristwatch in stainless steel and opted for an unusual material, tantalum.

    Modelled as the Chronomètre Bleu, the result is simply stunning. Encased in a beautiful and refined 39mm tantalum case, the dial is a highly reflective chrome blue with white texts. With a mesmerizing blue sheen of the dial showing over 50 shades of blue under various lighting, the tantalum case has a greyish hue with a robust highly scratch resistant surface. Innovative and cutting edge, the model was very well received and soon became one of the hottest F.P. Journe timepieces in the market.

    The present example from circa 2012 is offered in excellent overall condition and is further accompanied by the full set of accessories. Extremely attractive, this iconic wristwatch will surely impress all collectors of fine timepieces, seeking for something extraordinary.

  • 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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Σ842

A fine and rare tantalum wristwatch with small seconds, chrome blue dial, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2012
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€12,900-21,600
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$504,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020