F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2020
    Case No: 136-CO
    Model Name: Chronomètre Optimum
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1510, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F. P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe dated 12th May 2020 stamped Oriental Watch Co. LTD Hong Kong, instruction manual, cloth, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Conceptualized to be built as the timepiece for Francois-Paul Journe himself, the Chronomètre Optimum symbolizes the very essence of precision in Monsieur Journe’s watchmaking philosophy. Dedicated simply to deliver the most precise and sustainable measurement of time, Mr. Journe envisioned the original concept since 2001. The quest for precision took a prolonged 10 years to shape up and was finally revealed in 2012. Adopting finest components of iconic Haute Horlogerie timepieces from the firm’s collection such as the double-barrel layout of the Chronomètre Souverain and the Remontoir d’egalité system from the Tourbillon, the Chronomètre Optimum paramount significance. It is the truly the ultimate chronometer of extreme precision and utmost longevity.

    Aesthetically simple and refined, the Optimum is regarded as the accumulation of the best features of Journe’s innovations and was produced in both 40 and 42mm case diameter. The present example with a gently smaller case size is not only packed with technical punch, but also with exceptional visual finesse. The choice of white gold surrounds and whitened guilloche silver dial nicely contrast with the highly appealing blued steel hands. Uncompromising to quality, the masterfully decorated 18K pink gold cal. 1510 movement brings sight of delights to connoisseurs. With only a handful of Chronomètre Optimum previously appeared in auction, the present example in excellent overall condition with its original guarantee and accessories is highly rare. Crowned to be Journe’s most precise timepiece, and formulated with, in his words, “All the spices that makes a good meal”, it is certainly a must-have piece for the collector of exceptional appetite.

  • 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 rare and impressive platinum chronometer wristwatch with dead-beat seconds, power reserve indication, remontoir, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2020
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$400,000 - 800,000 

Sold for HK$1,008,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)