Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Hong Kong, Nov 27, 2016
F.P. JOURNE CHRONOMÈTRE À RÉSONANCE PINK GOLD F.P. Journe, "Invenit et Fecit", "Chronomètre à Résonance", Made circa 2009. Very fine and unusual, two time-zone, 18K pink gold Chronometer wristwatch with resonance controlled twin independent movements, 40-hour power-reserve indication and an 18K pink gold F.P. Journe buckle.
Two-body, solid, polished, transparent case back secured by 6 special screws, top and side crown engine-turned in "cordes de Marseille" pattern, sapphire crystals. Twin subsidiary guilloche silver dials with concentric radial Arabic numerals for hours and minutes and the off-set seconds secured to a matt dark-silvered plate by 6 screws, up and down indication at 12. Blued steel Journe hands. Cal. F.P. Journe 1499-3 in 18K pink gold, fausses cotes decoration, twin independent complete trains set on a single plate, 36 jewels, twin straight-line lever escapements, twin beryllium 4-arm balances with 4 adjustable timing weights, shock absorbers, self-compensating free-sprung Invar balance springs. One of the escapements is mounted on a small platform pivoting around the second wheel by means of rack and pinion to adjust the distance between the 2 balances in order fi nding the most efficient position for resonance synchronization. The crown at 4 synchronizes both seconds hands.