F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2004
    Case No: 365-04R
    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 F. P. Journe guarantee stamped Sincere Watch Limited Singapore dated 10th November 2004, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    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.

    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.

    Not only a wonderful tribute to technical watchmaking, the Chronomètre à Resonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch. In recent times, these early and rare first generation examples with a brass movement and a 38mm diameter case made between 2000 – 2005 are of very high demand by collectors due to its technical prowess combined with the historical relevance to the heritage of the young firm.

    Fresh-to-the-market, the present example is of the rare and desirable 4th generation example from the brass movement series from circa 2004. Identified by design nuances such as the thin seconds hands, subdials, deep caseback engravings, the present example boast a stunningly well-preserved yellow gold dial that shines with a vibrant hue. Offered with its full set of accessories and offered in attractive condition, this rare timepiece will surely be a great addition to any of the world’s finest collection of fine timepieces.

  • 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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Property from an Important Asian Collector


An important, rare and attractive platinum dual-time wristwatch with double escapement, power reserve indication, brass movement, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2004
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$1,000,000 - 2,000,000 

Sold for HK$2,286,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Deputy Chairman, Watches, Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023