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: 2005
    Case No: 084-05RN
    Model Name: Chronomètre à Resonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Outer F.P. Journe cardboard 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 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 launch in 2000, one of contemporary horology’s most iconic timepieces. It was the world’s first wristwatch to use the resonance phenomenon. The movement is composed of two independent balance wheels, alternatively serving as an “exciter” and “resonator”. When in motion, the balance wheels create the resonance effect and beat in synchrony, naturally evening out each others’ 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 was recognised as early as 1665, and has applications in music, electrical engineering, and celestial mechanics among many others.

    Featuring a 40-millimeter case and 18 karat rose gold movement, this now discontinued second-generation model is one of the most classic iterations of the Resonance and offered by the original owner. Preserved in excellent condition, it is a wonderful example of this cherished model.


  • 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 rare and impressive platinum dual time chronometer wristwatch with double escapement, and salmon dial

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed.

$150,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $315,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022