F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE RUTHENIUM MODEL, NO. 63/99-01R, CIRCA 2003

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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT, POWER RESERVE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, CHRONOMETRE A RESONANCE RUTHENIUM MODEL, NO. 63/99-01R, CIRCA 2003
Movement: Ruthenium-coated brass, manual
Dial: Ruthenium on gold and whitened guilloché silver, personalized with the present owner’s initials “J.T”
Case: 40 mm. diam.
With: 18k white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, Certificate of Guarantee dated 2003, stainless steel F.P. Journe buckle, magnifying glass, polishing cloth, spring bar, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Part of the set of five F.P. Journe ruthenium models numbered 63/99 gifted by Michael Schumacher
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Lot Essay

This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

This superb limited edition Ruthenium Chronomètre à Résonance is number 63 of only 99 pieces made between 2001 and 2003. One of the set of 5 watches of F.P. Journe’s ‘Ruthenium Collection’, each numbered 63/99, this Resonance uniquely bears the initials of the present owner “J.T” on the dial.

The Chronomètre à Résonance model, so closely associated with François-Paul Journe, is particularly desirable, examples from the Ruthenium Collection are incredibly sought after. The ruthenium coated brass movements and solid gold dials of this edition are regarded as perhaps the most beautiful of all early Journe production.

The Chronomètre à Résonance
Perhaps the watch that most clearly showcases the sheer genius contemporary watchmaker François-Paul Journe. It is the only wristwatch in the world with a movement based on ‘resonance’, a natural physical phenomenon said to have been first discovered by Christiaan Huygens in 1665. Huygens noticed that two pendulum clocks, when hung together on the same beam would beat together in perfect synchronicity. An idea that was further experimented with by the great French clockmaker Antide Janvier and the legendary watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, both of whose work F.P. Journe greatly admires. F.P. Journe’s resonance watches notably feature two balances that are naturally synchronized and oscillate in ‘resonance’ with each other. The negative effects of wrist and body movements are hence considerably reduced. Breguet had experimented with the theory of resonance in watches in the early 19th century and indeed constructed three pocket watches using the two-balance system. With the development and production of the Chronomètre à Résonance, F.P. Journe became the first watchmaker to make a wristwatch constructed on the principle of resonance, an incredible achievement of modern horology.

The present watch gives collectors the extremely rare opportunity to obtain a very special example of the final early series watches of the Chronomètre à Résonance with ruthenium plated brass movement, seen so rarely on the open market today with such unimpeachable first-owner provenance, linked to formula one and icons of the sport.

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