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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2014
    Case No: 350-RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Résonance
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499.3, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity showing this timepiece was purchased at the F.P. Journe boutique in New York on June 18th, 2014, cleaning cloth, fitted presentation box, and outer box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Invenit et Fecit” Latin for “I invented it and I made it” has long been the motto inscribed on every F. P. Journe before it leaves the atelier of the famed genius and watchmaker François Paul Journe. With an eye on technical innovation for superior timekeeping, the brand has always sought to create watches that are both beautifully designed and technical works of art. In keeping with this ethos, the Chronomètre à Résonance has become, since its inception in 2000, one of contemporary horology’s most iconic pieces. It was the world’s first wristwatch to use 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 synchrony, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy.

    Inspired by the work of the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier, and of course the influence of Abraham-Louis Breguet, Journe took up the challenge in 1983 to first create a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon and followed it with a wristwatch 17 years later. Janvier had put two pendulum clocks side by side in order to see if the vibrations of one would regulate the other. The concept of resonance had surfaced as early as 1665, and has applications in music, electrical engineering, and celestial mechanics among many others.

    Not only a wonderful tribute to technical watchmaking, this now discontinued version of the Chronomètre à Résonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch with a superbly executed design. The combination of the 18 karat rose gold case with the rose gold dial and subtle grey accents effects a sumptuous aesthetic. This watch is furthermore presented with its full complement of original accessories and is preserved in wonderful condition.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

A very fine and highly attractive pink gold dual time wristwatch with double escapement, with original guarantee card and presentation box

Circa 2014
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $46,250

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STYLED. Timeless Watches & How to Wear Them

New York Auction 5 December 2018