F.P. Journe - The 2021 New York Watch Auction New York Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2002
    Case No: No. 195-02R
    Model Name: Chronomètre A Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F. P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe undated Certificate of Authenticity, wooden presentation box, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since its official launch in 2000, F. P. Journe’s Resonance has become one of contemporary horology’s most iconic pieces, inspired by the work of the great 18th century watchmaker, Antide Janvier. In 1983, Journe sought to emulate the legendary Janvier and created a pocket-watch using the resonance phenomenon. He followed this exceptional pocket watch 16 years later with a wristwatch – and the Chronomètre à Résonance was born. It was the world’s first wristwatch to use the resonance phenomenon whereby the movement is composed of two independent balances, alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. When in motion, the balances beat in opposition, naturally evening out each other’s discrepancies and thus permitting greater accuracy – the resonance phenomenon.

    The present model in platinum with a superb white gold dial eloquently embodies Journe’s inimitable style both in terms of aesthetics and technical mastery. Made from 2000 to 2005, the first generation Chronomètre á Résonance, like the present lot, feature rhodium-plated brass movements and a 38mm case. The second generation would introduce rose gold movements to replace brass, and would predominantly be housed in larger, 40mm cases. The present lot offers the rare opportunity of obtaining a historically important timepiece that has become one of the most important horological breakthroughs of the past decades.

    Fresh to the market, the present Chronomètre A Resonance is contemporary and elegant exuding beauty and sophistication with its platinum case and shimmering white gold dial. The watch is in extremely well-preserved condition showing very few signs of careful wear. The case is sharp, with perfectly crisp hallmarks and engravings on its caseback – certainly unpolished in our view. Furthermore, it is complete, accompanied with its original guarantee and multi-level wooden presentation box. It is a timepiece that is a perfect match between the genius of its creator, its timeless design, and technical excellence – and a trophy watch for the collector of independent watches.

  • 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 early, extremely well-preserved, and attractive chronometer platinum wristwatch with double escapement, Certificate of Authenticity and presentation box

Circa 2002
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and buckle signed

$120,000 - 240,000 

Sold for $428,400

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021