Harry Winston and F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Harry Winston and F.P. Journe
    Year: 2001
    Reference No: 200/MRFPJ 38P
    Case No: No. 004530
    Model Name: Opus 1 Chronomètre à Résonance
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1499, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Harry Winston deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed by Harry Winston; case, dial, and movement additionally signed F.P. Journe.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The story of the Opus One begins not with Harry Winston or François-Paul Journe, as might be expected, but with Maximilian Büsser, the creative, Willy Wonka-esque mastermind of haute horologie.

    During his time as CEO of Harry Winston Timepieces in the early 2000s, Max Büsser decided to team up with young independent watchmakers and create watches that would bear the genetic codes of both Harry Winston and the watchmaker. Setting it apart from other watchmakers of the day, these pieces were to have the name of the watchmaker proudly displayed on the watch. This project gifted to the world some of the most unusual, fascinating and complex timepieces to ever see the light of day.

    For the first collaboration, Büsser approached F.P. Journe, who had just launched his eponymous brand with three references in succession: the Tourbillon Souverain, the Chronomètre à Résonance, and the Octa Réserve de Marche (1999, 2000, and 2001 respectively). Büsser and Journe added the Harry Winston DNA to create the horological alchemy of the Opus One: the signature Harry Winston case inspired by the arch of the Harry Winston Salon in New York with the movement and dial layout of F.P. Journe. The three references Journe had already created were rendered into three versions of the Opus One, each in a limited edition of only 6 pieces each.

    For the Opus One Chronomètre à Résonance, each piece possesses a unique dial: anthracite grey, purple (see Geneva Watch Auction XIV, Lot 144), blue, turquoise with diamonds, black with diamonds, and silvered – the present lot. The dial is further accentuated with darker silver accents for the subdials. Each dial was finished by hand with a fine guilloche pattern to the subdials. They all bear “Pièce Unique” on the dial, and are double signed Harry Winston and “Animé Par F.P. Journe Invenit Et Fecit”. Of course, being an early Journe piece, it bears the brass movement so coveted by Journe aficionados.

    The literal translation of “animé par F.P. Journe” means “animated by F.P. Journe” in that he made the watch, with its five-part platinum case and articulated lugs, come alive. One of the most unusual regulating mechanisms found in watchmaking, Journe’s resonance timepieces have dual balance wheels placed in close proximity. They vibrate with each other, thus increasing the resistance to outside perturbations. The model, one of F.P. Journe’s earliest creations and inspired by a pocket watch made by A.L. Breguet, is one of the most spectacular incarnations of this fascinating horological device - both from an aesthetic point of view and from an horological point of view – with its two balance wheels being not connected by any differential gear, they achieve “true” resonance without mechanical aids.

    Preserved in fantastic, nearly new condition, the watch is fitted with a fabulous magenta Harry Winston strap to complement the subdued colors of the dial. It is one of the ultimate trophies for the collector of the ultra-rare and most cool of timepieces.


Ref. 200/MRFPJ 38P
A splendid and unique platinum chronometer wristwatch with unique silver two-tone dial, dual escapement, and power reserve indication

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed by Harry Winston; case, dial, and movement additionally signed F.P. Journe.

$300,000 - 600,000 

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022