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F.P. JOURNE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE
F.P. JOURNE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE
F.P. JOURNE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE
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F.P. JOURNE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE

CHRONOMÈTRE À RÉSONANCE MODEL, CIRCA 2002

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F.P. JOURNE. AN EARLY 18K PINK GOLD DUAL TIME CHRONOMETER WRISTWATCH WITH RESONANCE-CONTROLLED TWIN INDEPENDENT GEAR-TRAIN MOVEMENT AND POWER RESERVE
CHRONOMÈTRE À RÉSONANCE MODEL, CIRCA 2002
Movement: Manual, early brass movement
Dial: White gold
Case: 38 mm.
With: 18k pink gold F.P. Journe buckle
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Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Lot Essay

The present watch is one of the highly desirable and early series examples of F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre à Résonance. Furthermore, it is cased in 18K pink gold of which far fewer pieces were made than the more usual platinum version. Launched commercially in 2000, such early specimens were, like the present watch, fitted with rhodium-plated brass movements. From 2004 onwards, F.P. Journe’s movements have famously been made from 18K gold. With a production period of only around 3 years, it is thought that less than 500 Chonomètre à Résonance were made with rhodium-plated brass movements. With the tremendous and continually growing interest in Journe’s work, collectors have focused their attention on the early production and pre-production watches with brass movements. Consequently these watches which are an important part of F.P. Journe history have become extremely sought after and very difficult to obtain.
The Chronomètre à Résonance is perhaps the watch that is most associated with the genius contemporary watchmaker François-Paul Journe. It is the only wristwatch in the world with a movement based on ‘resonance’, a natural physical phenomenon. Notably, it features 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. The idea of resonance comes from the watches of the great French watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet whose work F.P. Journe greatly admires. Breguet had experimented with the theory of resonance in the early 19th century and indeed constructed three pocket watches using the 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.
The present watch gives collectors the rare opportunity to obtain a scarce pink gold version of one of the early series of the Chronomètre à Résonance with rhodium plated brass movement which so rarely appear on the open market today.

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