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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2018
    Case No: 279-CO
    Model Name: Chronomètre Optimum
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1510, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F. P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity dated March 20, 2018, wooden fitted presentation box, leather holder with USB User Manual, and outer box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    F. P. Journe is a revered, modern watchmaker seeking to improve upon the horological traditions of the past by using 21st century technology and materials. Looking to 18th-century masters such as Breguet, Journe is passionate about precision timekeeping, creating movements executed as works of art, which can take several years to come to fruition.

    The Chronometré Optimum was first conceived as an idea in 2001, however the first example was not released until 2012. Adopting concepts from other Journe models, like the double barrel layout of the Chronometré Souverain, and the rementoir d'egalité system of his Tourbillon wristwatch, the Optimum is Journe’s “ultimate” chronometer operating with the least amount of friction to maintain “optimum” performance over years of use.

    The solid 18k pink gold movement features a patented ‘EBHP’ direct impulse escapement with a bi-axial design, and remontoire for accuracy and constant force. The movement functions without lubrication, and the two escape wheels allow for lower impact during the transfer of energy, which over time insures more reliability and less wear. The rementoir d'egalité system is made from lightweight titanium, and connected to the additional dead-beat seconds indicator displayed on the backside of the movement. The movement is capable of 70-hours of power reserve when fully wound, with 50 hours possible without loss of amplitude.

    Manufactured in pink gold and platinum, as well as in 40mm and 42mm case diameters, the Chronometré Optimum is a technical marvel that Journe believes will continue to function for hundreds of years with proper care and maintenance. The present 40mm diameter example in platinum is preserved in excellent overall condition, and is complete with its original Certificate of Origin and presentation box. F. P. Journe looks to classic horology for inspiration, but his timepieces are firmly rooted in the 21st century, and today are highly sought after by collectors for their high degree of workmanship, technical prowess, and wearability.

    Consigned by the Original Owner

  • 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 attractive platinum chronometer wristwatch with power reserve and dead-beat seconds display, with F. P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity, and presentation box

Circa 2018
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
$80,000 - 100,000 
CHF55,000-91,600
€50,800-84,700
HK$465,000-775,000

Sold for $100,800

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