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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2006
    Case No: 201-RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: 18k pink gold, black mother-of-pearl
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499.2, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity, instruction manual, polish cloth, invoice, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Inspired by the work of the great 18th century watchmaker Antide Janvier, Journe rose to the challenge in 1983 and created a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon and launched a wristwatch 17 years later. In 2000, F.P. Journe took the horological world by surprise with the introduction of the first-ever wristwatch incorporating two resonating escapements. The movement is composed of two independent balances, alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. Simply summarised, the idea behind a resonance timepiece is that two independent escapements placed in close proximity influence and synchronise with one another, the two synced escapements being more resilient to disturbances than a single escapement. Two escapements united are less prone to error. Additionally, the Chronomètre à Resonance is also an extremely useful dual time watch, with two twelve hour time zones displayed on two identical sudbidals adjacent to each other.

    The present 40mm Chonomètre à Résonance rendered in 18K pink gold may look at first glance like a coveted “Black Label” iteration – but it’s actually far more rare. Tilt the watch a few degrees towards a light source, and the wearer is instantly delighted with an array of irisdescent colorations, varying in depth. Found on the interior of mollusk shells, it is prized for its beauty but venerated for its strength; its molecular structure resembles plate armor. Historically it has been used to adorn a variety of decorative objects that also endure significant use, such as weaponry, cutlery, and tablewear, amongst other things. Black mother-of-pearl, also known as Tahitian mother-of-pearl, is more costly and rare than its white counterpart, occurring once for every ten thousand natural white pearls.

    Offered by the original owner, it is one of an extremely limited edition of just 10 examples made for historic watch retailer Sincere Fine Watches. This exceptional Chronomètre á Résonance is preserved stunning, practically unworn condition, and comes complete with its original guarantee and accessories.


  • 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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An extremely rare and stunning pink gold limited edition chronometer wristwatch with black mother-of-pearl dial, double escapement, certificate of authenticity and presentation box

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

$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for $529,200

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021