Chronomètre à Resonance Black Label

  • Collection: Souveraine
  • Model reference: Chronomètre à Resonance
  • Case/Size: Platinum, 40mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Manual-winding
  • Functions: Dual time zone
  • Specificity: Phenomenon of resonance
  • Price: Upon request

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In 1998, François-Paul Journe completed the world’s first dual escapement wristwatch, using the natural phenomenon of “Résonance” to counter the difference of rate between the escapements, the first model was commercialised in 2000 with a 38mm case and brass movement.
By 2004 a new breakthrough, all movements are now manufactured in 18K rose gold.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the model, 2010 saw the arrival of a new dial design with a more complicated disc system showing the hours of day and night. That same year the Resonance won the Grand Complication Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva.

Here is in the brand’s own words the explanation of that magical phenomenon :

“Every oscillating object sends out vibrations. Nearby bodies absorb the same frequency. It’s the principle used to tune a radio to the right station.
In the case of the resonance wristwatch created by François-Paul Journe, each balance alternately serves as exciter and resonator. When both balances are in motion, they reach a state of “sympathy” throught the effect of resonance and began to beat naturally in the opposite direction. The two balances therefore support each other, giving greater inertia to their movement. This harmony is only possible if the difference in frequency between the two is no more than five seconds per day accumulated in 6 positions. Adjusting them is an extremely delicate task. While an external disturbing movement affects the running of a traditional mechanical watch, in the case of a resonance watch this same disturbance has the effect of accelerating one of the balances and slowing down the other. Little by little, the two balances come back together to reach a point of agreement and thereby eliminate the disturbance. This innovative chronometer offers a level of precision that is unrivalled among mechanical watches.”

*The present model is the third variation of Resonance with disc display on the left sub-dial indicating 24 hours showing the hours of day and night, what sets this watch apart is the signature black dial made for boutique only.
Now that this model has been discontinued, this model became a real collectible among purists.

 

 

F.P. Journe – Bio

François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in 1959. An unruly child, he was sent to a local technical college at the age of 14. He went on to graduate from the Paris watchmaking school in 1976.
In 1982, after five years of work, he finished his tourbillon – and it work !
He founded the F.P. Journe company in 1999, have ever since stunned the world year after year with the visually distinctive and technically innovative watches
The motto of the brand, Invenit et Fecit (Latin for “[He] invented it and made it”) denotes that the company builds the entirety of the watches. Journe often designs brand new movements, even inventing completely new systems, like the famous resonance chronometer.

Additional information

Accessories:

Accompanied by a leather card holder with "FP Journe" international warranty card, product literature and a wooden presentation box