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    Sale 7478

    Contemporary Jewels and Watches

    1 November 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 27

    F.P. JOURNE. A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM DUAL TIME ZONE WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE

    SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, INVENIT ET FECIT, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE, NO. 274-02R, CIRCA 2002

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    F.P. JOURNE. A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM DUAL TIME ZONE WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE
    SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, INVENIT ET FECIT, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE, NO. 274-02R, CIRCA 2002

    With nickel-finished jewelled lever movement consisting of two independent complete trains set on a single plate, Arabic numerals on two engine-turned silvered dials for hours and minutes combined with subsidiary seconds screwed onto the silver grey dial plate, blued steel hands, sector for power reserve indication, in circular case with crown at 12 to adjust both time zones, crown at 4 to synchronise the seconds hands, glazed display back secured by six screws, together with a platinum F.P. Journe buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    AED120,000-150,000

    This watch is accompanied by an F.P. Journe presentation box with outer packaging and Warranty dated 10 February 2002.

    Frangois-Paul Journe (born in Marseille in 1967) graduated from the Paris School of Watchmaking in 1976 and immediately joined forces with his uncle, a noted restorer of antique timepieces. Before creating his own complete line of wristwatches, Journe restored some of the world's most important historical timepieces, devised and built unique pocket watches to order, and designed and made complications for prestigious watch brands.

    In 1996, Journe established a workshop in Geneva, designing and making watch mechanisms for other brands. Three years later, in 1999, he launched his own watches under the label "F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit".

    The Chronometre a Resonance model was launched in 2000, the only wristwatch in the world based on resonance, a natural physical phenomenon. The two balances are synchronized by means of the resonance effect and naturally beat alternately. The negative effects of wrist and body movements are hence considerably reduced.

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