Geneva, Nov 06, 2021

LOT 200


CHF 350,000 - 550,000

HKD 2,950,000 - 4,640,000 / USD 380,000 - 600,000 / EUR 328,000 - 520,000

Sold: CHF 450,000

An extremely fine and rare, important, early, platinum resonance wristwatch.

Grading System
Case: 1-8

As new

Slightly scratched

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-6-01

Very good

Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original

Brand  FP Journe

Model Resonance

Year 1999

Case No. 033/00R

Bracelet Leather with a platinum FP Journe buckle

Diameter 38 mm

Caliber 321

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Original fitted box, warranty card


François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in March 1957. He entered watchmaking school at the age of 14 and after two years, moved to Paristo continue his studies, where he obtained his diploma two years later.During his studies, he worked with his uncle Michel Journe, a specialistin restoration of antique clocks and watches. During the time and forthe next eight years, he had the chance to work on and to study objectsfrom the very beginnings of mechanical horology through today.In 1985,he decided to open his own workshop on rue de Verneuil, in the heart ofthe artists quarter of Paris, and start to make complicated watches of hisown design for several international collectors. He joined the AcadémieHorlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, A.H.C.I. (Horological Academy ofIndependent Creators), in 1986 and started to be a regular exhibitor atthe International Clock and Watch Fair of Basel.
Only two years after his professional independence, he received the honors of the Bleustein Blanchet Fondation, created in 1960 to fosterand reward outstanding achievement in the professional world. And so,he received the Laureate Prize of the Fondation de la Vocation, a very well recognized and esteemed distinction.In 1989, he was honored by the horological spanish academy who delivered him the golden prize of “Balancier d’or” for his global work. His boundless creativity pushed him to create the same year, with a small group of colleagues, the Manufacture company, Technique Horlogères Appliquées S.A. (T.H.A.) in Switzerland, specialized in developments and manufacturing of complex and innovative products, most of which were conceived by François Paul Journe for several famous brands.
Established since then in Geneva, he created in 1988, Montres JourneS.A., located at the rue des Maraîchers 5 in Geneva. He developed and manufactured complex and innovative products for many major companies such as Piaget with The Grande Sonnerie, Cartier with the Mysterious clocks and watches for Asprey, Breguet, Corum among others.
Apart from the complex wristwatches and pocket watches that FrançoisPaul Journe has made in recent years, he has designed and built a sophisticated version of the Pendule Sympathique, originally for Asprey.A clock which incorporates a minute-repeating pocket watch and a tourbillon wristwatch wound and set to time by the clock! An exceptional and unique creation in chronometer engineering, the Resonance System Chronometer exhibits the so-called resonance, physics phenomenon duly applied to the science of horology.
A world first, this wristwatch uses two entirely independent movements which inter-operate in sympathy with each other for a wearing precision which exceeds the established limits for mechanical wristwatches.The physical phenomenon of resonance forms an integral part of our dailylives, yet we scarcely pay any attention to it. When searching for a specific program on our radio, the radio crackles in so far as the waves selected have not encountered other waves, those of the radio transmitter,until they become harmonised. In the past, Napoleon once forbade his troops to march over a bridge for fear of it collapsing from the effects of resonance! Although this phenomenon is proven and acknowledged, is still difficult to explain.

Until recently, the phenomena of resonance were not well understood but had already been pointed out as early as the 17th century, by Christian Huygens in particular, among several other scientists. For instance, the highly precision Constant Pressure regulators, still in use less than 40 years ago at the Observatory of Paris for the Bureau International de l’heure and the radio broadcast time signal sent from the Eifel Tower, were fitted in the Catacombes beneath at a depth of 26 meters to eliminate fluctuations in temperature and atmospheric pressure, were also set in separated rooms, in order to avoid any resonance interference.
However as early as the end of the 18th century, a few clockmakers among the most eminent, found a way to take advantage of the success of such a phenomenon, by synchronising the pendulums of regulators fitted with two independent movements. Even more so, when applied to a watch, it ensures exceptional operating reliability and precision. When you make a sudden movement, the two movements clash in opposite directions and gradually come to operate in sympathy as a result of the force of resonance. As they are inter-attracted, they oscillate together in unison, an invisible wave linking the two balances. This timepiece is the only precision chronometer which is not affected by the movements of the wearer. The balances oscillate in natural opposition and therefore absorb the shocks and compensate the disturbances in order to ensure identical regularity whether it is worn or not.
After deciding to launch his own brand, an idea was born to help with the early funding of the brand to produce a model that customers would pay in advance and receive at a later date.
The concept for the Journe Tourbillon Souscription was born with twenty numbered pieces on the dial offered to close friends of Francois Paul. Presented at Basel in 1999, the watch received great feedback and shortly after, the next Souscription model was born this time in the now iconic Resonance concept. Only 20 were made, numbered on the case, and offered to the same clients who had supported the launch of the first model. As the clients who had ordered the original tourbillon had kept the similar souscription number to match their set, at the same time, regular models were already being delivered. Furthermore, according the Journe website, only 10 examples were made in 38 mm. with a platinum case, yellow dial and sub-dials in silver.
This example, purchased new by the consignor in almost unworn condition, is the 33th Resonance ever made and has the characteristic dial oxydation found on very early models giving it a very attractive beige shade.
The first prototype of the Souscription Resonance Number 000 was completed for and sold at the Antiquorum Auction “The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenary” in October 1999 and we are greatly honoured to auction another historical example, offered for the first time at auction.