F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance

Regular price
$265,000
Regular price
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$265,000
Manual-winding
40 MM
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SKU AS09686
Article Number 40991976
case size 40 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Silver
material Platinum
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed double-sided alligator leather strap and matching signed platinum buckle. Also includes inner and outer boxes, warranty cards, books, and service information.
overall condition Outstanding condition throughout. Case is excellent showing minimal signs of wear consistent with gentle use. Dial and handset are as new.
Manual-winding
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09686
Article Number 40991976
case size 40 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Silver
material Platinum
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed double-sided alligator leather strap and matching signed platinum buckle. Also includes inner and outer boxes, warranty cards, books, and service information.
overall condition Outstanding condition throughout. Case is excellent showing minimal signs of wear consistent with gentle use. Dial and handset are as new.

Why We Love it

So you’ve bought a Patek, maybe an Audemars Piguet, a few Rolexes or a Vacheron. You think you’ve seen it all and are ready to move on to exotic spice collecting, and then you stumble on F.P. Journe. Arguably the father of the modern independent watchmaking renaissance, Journe has paved the road for countless other small manufacturers to make a name for themselves and share their creative eye with the industry. 

Leaving school early to study horology, and working in his uncle’s clock repair shop, Journe discovered his knack for all things horology at a young age. Studying the works of Breguet and George Daniels, Journe had an eye for complication and classicism. These influences heavily impacted the look of Journe’s later creations. 

After completing his studies and designing a number of commissioned pieces for private clients, Journe decided to set out on his own crafting wristwatches. Never slacking off, his earliest designs were tourbillons with constant force remontoirs, extremely mechanically sophisticated and difficult to execute. The ambitious young watchmaker was already punching above his weight, and by the time he started his own eponymous brand, collectors were already getting excited about Journe’s promise. 

If there’s one design that is most originally F.P. Journe, it’s undoubtedly the Resonance. Journe’s aspirational project for many years, the idea for a Resonance wristwatch came from pendulum clocks Journe had seen made by Breguet and Antide Janvier in the 18th century. The concept of resonance essentially suggests that by placing two escapement wheels in extremely close proximity, the two balances would synchronize, allowing the inaccuracies of one to counterbalance those of the other, and thus pulling both into a higher degree of accuracy. The calibration of these essentially two separate watch movements enclosed in one case is extremely difficult, and takes extensive training. 

This particular Resonance is uniquely positioned between major phases for F.P. Journe. The earliest and rarest Resonances were 38mm with brass movements. This piece falls under a second broad production run of 40mm pieces with rose gold movements. However, this piece came before Journe decided to replace the two 12 hour displays with a 12 hour dial and a 24 hour mismatched dial pair. Essentially, this piece is a balance of the old style applied to the new movement and dial layout. For many, this piece is the best of both worlds with very few examples made in this configuration. 

This example is fashioned from platinum with an 18K white gold dial and dual sub registers displaying two independently adjustable timezones with guilloché finishing. Details abound, with black polished dial frames and screws, blued-steel hands, a power reserve indication at 12 o'clock, and two separate crowns — one for winding and setting, and the other for synchronizing the subsidiary seconds with a zero reset flyback function. The crown features an engraved scroll motif — a signature characteristic of F.P. Journe. 

The beautiful 40mm Resonance is set on a signed, double sided alligator strap with a large rectangular scale alligator on the outside and smaller scale alligator on the underside of the strap. By using double-sided alligator instead of the more affordable and conventional calf skin on the inside, Journe has not only improved comfort, but also longevity. The strap is completed with a signed platinum pin buckle to match the case. 

On the reverse, Journe’s beautiful resonance movement is on full display, made from rose gold with both balances placed in close proximity. A true mechanical masterpiece, an argument can be made to wear this watch backwards so the whole world can appreciate watchmaking art at its finest!

No need to visit the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa when you can come in to experience her equivalence in mechanical form!

Brand Story

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François-Paul Journe is one of the most well respected independent watchmakers in the world. A three-time winner of the Aiguille d’Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, he is a watchmaker’s watchmaker, focusing on complicated pieces made in-house to the tune of roughly 800 watches per year.

Born in Marseille in 1957, Journe began his watchmaking education at just 15 years old, receiving his watchmaking diploma at the École d'Horlogerie in Paris in 1976. He opened a studio in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1985, and subsequently relocated to the Swiss Jura in 1989, where he began work on his first tourbillon wristwatch. Ten years later, he established his eponymous firm in Geneva.

F.P. Journe builds precision chronometers outfitted with cases from its own case maker, and dials from its own dial maker. Each timepiece is printed with the motto ‘Invenit et Fecit,’ Latin for ‘(He) invented it and made it,’ indicating in-house construction, vertical integration, and the highest possible standards. The recipient of numerous patents, Journe’s horological innovations have earned him plaudits from across the industry.

Today, F.P. Journe operates 10 boutiques around the world. Its incredibly well regarded wares have raised over two million CHF for various charities via auctions, only furthering to cement both the brand and the man in the annals of horological history.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance

F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance

Regular price
$265,000
Regular price
Sale price
$265,000
F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance

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