A very fine and rare tantalum wristwatch with small seconds, “chrome blue” dial, certificate and presentation box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Case No: 365-CB
    Model Name: Chronometre Bleu
    Material: Tantalum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Tantalum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle
    Accessories: Further accompanied by F.P. Journe warranty stamped Montres Journe Hong Kong dated 8th June 2012, cloth, instruction manual, original invoice, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With fascination written all over, the Chronometre Bleu is one of the most interesting wristwatches produced in recent times. Launched in 2011, Journe decided to introduce an entry level wristwatch that would still impact the industry with a bang. The excitement delivered was through Journe’s innovative approach to create a case made out of the highly rare and delicate to handle tantalum. With a slightly greyish tint, the appeal implants a deep of fresh air to collectors seeking for something unusual but approachable with an equally high standard of execution and finish witnessed on all F.P. Journe wristwatches. With that said, the most interesting and captivating element of the watch is the dial. With an instant ray of light striking against the metallic chrome blue dial, it is easy for one to be drawn immediately, which clearly is why the Chronometre Bleu is highly sought after and incredibly rare. The present example offered in excellent overall condition and is complete will the full set of accessories when it was purchased by the original owner confirmed by the original invoice from Hong Kong.

  • Maker Bio

    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 and rare tantalum wristwatch with small seconds, “chrome blue” dial, certificate and presentation box

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Circa 2012
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€13,900-23,100
$15,400-25,600

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Thomas Perazzi
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019