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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2974

    F.P.JOURNE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM TWO TIME ZONE CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAINS MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE INDICATOR

    SIGNED F.P.JOURNE, INVENIT ET FECIT, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE, NO. 368-04R, CIRCA 2001

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    F.P.JOURNE. A VERY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM TWO TIME ZONE CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAINS MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE INDICATOR
    SIGNED F.P.JOURNE, INVENIT ET FECIT, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE, NO. 368-04R, CIRCA 2001

    Cal. 1499-2 nickel-finished lever movement consisting of two independent gear-trains set on a single plate, 37 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, twin mono-metallic 4-arm balances with 4 inertial adjustments, the 3-screwed 18k white gold dial with Arabic numerals on two off-centred silvered engine-turned time displays and subsidiary seconds, blued steel "Journe" hands, fan-form sector for power reserve indication, in large circular case with sloping bezel, downturned lugs, winding crown at 12, seconds hands synchronised by the crown at 4, glazed display back secured by five screws, together with a platinum F.P.Journe deployant clasp, case and dial signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    US$30,000-50,000
    EUR22,000-30,000

    Accompanied by a F.P.Journe presentation box with outer packaging.

    Francois-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in 1967. He 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, 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 Chronomètre à Résonance model was launched in 2000, the only wristwatch in the world based on resonance, a natural physical phenomenon. The two balances are synchronised by means of the resonance effect and naturally beat alternately. The negative effects of wrist and body movements are hence considerably reduced.