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F.P. Journe Resonance Early Gold Dial Two-Tone Subdials Brass Movement
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Perhaps the most Journe-esque timepiece, the Chronomètre a Resonance is a wonderful reminder of F.P. Journe's watchmaking credentials, as Francois-Paul himself is the one who cracked the code to unlock the code phenomenon of resonance in watchmaking in 1999. A truly marvelous achievement, Francois-Paul arranged two balance wheel assemblies so close to one another that they synchronized due to their frequencies aligning. These early Journe timepieces were pivotal in the brand's success, as without them, the brand would not have been financed. Featuring two subdials on either side of the dial to display two independent time-zones, with one power reserve indicator at 12 o'clock, the Chronomètre a Resonance is a beautifully symmetrical timepiece that is bursting full of horological history and heft, given its importance to the success of F.P. Journe as we know it today.
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Est. value range
$300,000 – $500,000
38mm x 8.8mm
Chronomètre à Résonance
Manual-wind cal. 1499
Watch is in near-mint condition, with a few light scratches visible on the case, primarily visible on the bottom of the lugs. The original early dial is in near-mint condition, with perfect two-toned subdials and a rich golden toned surface. As with all early gold dials, there is some unevenness or oxidation visible on the dial surface, which can be seen near the power reserve.
Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.
An intensely rare watch that helped define F.P. Journe's early exploits in the world of independent watchmaking, this example combines one of F.P. Journe's most iconic movements with the brand's rich history and places it into a package that any collector would be lucky to own.