F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2018
    Case No: 2-186CB
    Model Name: Chronomètre Bleu
    Material: Tantalum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Tantalum F. P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe International Guarantee dated June 25, 2018, wooden presentation box, USB User Manual, polish cloth, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    F. P. Journe came to prominence when he launched his first line of complicated watches in 1999 with his subscription sets for his first twenty tourbillon wristwatches, each individually numbered on the dial and offered to his close friends and clients. Since then, he has excited the international market with collections of superbly handcrafted innovative watches, which sought to improve upon the excellence of Abraham-Louis Breguet. Journe’s early timepieces centered around the tourbillon and remontoire system -constant force- resulting in greater accuracy and amplitude, however in 2005 he introduced the Chronomètre Souverain, his first wristwatch with a central time display. The parallel twin barrel movement was an ingenious means to split the pressure on the main gear providing for a more stable source of energy while adding to the chronometric precision of the wristwatch. In 2009, Journe released the Chronomètre Bleu meant for a younger generation of collectors, and today is seen as a trend setter.

    The 39mm diameter case is made in rarely used tantalum, which beautifully compliments the blue/grey dial giving the wristwatch an appealing modern sheen. The caliber 1304 in pink gold demonstrates the same execution and quality finish that F. P. Journe is known for and appreciated by collectors today.

    Consigned by the original owner, the present example is in excellent overall condition and offered with its presentation box and warranty.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to benefit Ukrainian refugees through Chabad Schluchim.

    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 fine and attractive tantalum wristwatch with chrome blue dial, Certificate of Authenticity, and presentation box

Circa 2018
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $75,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022