F.P. Journe Resonance "Parking Meter" Ref. RT
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At The Second Hand Club, we are proud to have this incredibly rare FP Journe Resonance "Parking Meter" in excellent condition with its original box and paperwork.
About the brand
Let us share with you the captivating tale of F.P. Journe, a brand that exudes excellence and luxury in the world of horology. The journey of François-Paul Journe, the founder, began long before he established his own watch company in 1999. Born in the enchanting port city of Marseille, France in 1957, his passion for watchmaking was ignited in the cradle of France.
At the tender age of 14, he enrolled in a technical college and honed his skills. Years of hard work and dedication culminated in his graduation from the Paris watchmaking school in 1976. A mere two years later, Journe began working on his first tourbillon pocket watch, inspired by a George Daniels pocket watch that he had glimpsed on a client at his uncle's watchmaking studio. The master watchmaker would later be mentored by none other than the legendary George Daniels, the mastermind behind the Co-Axial Escapement.
At the age of 22, Journe was commissioned by Parisian ateliers P-G Brun to design a planetarium mechanism for Asprey in London. He worked tirelessly for seven years, and in 1983, he completed his first tourbillon pocket watch. He created the watch in his free time when he wasn't busy working for his uncle. François-Paul meticulously crafted every component of the watch, including the gold and silver case.
In 1985, Journe established his workshop where he created bespoke watches for collectors. A year later, F.P. Journe's first automatic chronometer pocket watch was born. This horological masterpiece housed a fusée chain and a five-second remontoire, along with a retrograde perpetual calendar and equation of time. In 1987, he crafted a planetary pocket watch that was commissioned by a collector.
Journe's skills and passion for watchmaking earned him several prestigious awards over the years. He received recognition from the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation, the Watchmakers Convention in Madrid, the Institut l'Homme et le Temps' Gaia Award for the Best Watchmaker, and the Prix Spécial du Jury.
In 1989, F.P. Journe established a movement manufacturer in Switzerland, where they eventually settled in Geneva. In 1991, Journe crafted his first wristwatch, creating the entire movement out of 18k gold. Just a few years later, in 1996, he founded TIM SA, a manufacturer dedicated to developing exclusive calibers.
The Tourbillon Souverain was launched in 1999, along with the newly established Montres Journe SA. The watch was inscribed with the words "F.P. Journe – Invenit et Fecit," which translate to "invented and made," signifying that it was an original conception crafted by only the best of craftsmen.
F.P. Journe continued to grow, and by 2000, the manufacturer had 50 employees producing 3-4 watches per day. In 2001, Journe developed the Octa calibre, his first mechanical movement that was self-winding. He would also work on the Opus One collection for Harry Winston.
Journe's success continued, and in 2003, he opened his first boutique in the Omotesando district of Tokyo, a vibrant hub for culture and the arts. This was followed by a Hong Kong boutique in 2006 and the first European boutique in Geneva in 2007. Today, F.P. Journe has boutiques around the world, including in the United States, showcasing Journe's captivating timepieces.
In 2018, Chanel acquired a minority stake in F.P. Journe, further solidifying the brand's place in the luxury watch industry. Journe's legacy has also inspired other up-and-coming independent watchmakers, including Rexhep Rexhepi, who worked for F.P. Journe before founding his own independent brand, Akrivia.
As a watch expert, I am in awe of Journe's dedication and commitment to creating truly exceptional watches that stand the test of time. His innovative designs and impeccable craftsmanship make F.P. Journe a true icon in the world of luxury watches.
The Chronomètre à Résonance RT from F.P. Journe is the ultimate embodiment of luxury horology, crafted with unparalleled expertise and finesse that will surely impress any watch connoisseur. The watch is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Chronomètre à Résonance, one of the most iconic timepieces ever produced by F.P. Journe. The watch was reintroduced with a newly designed dial layout that incorporates a 24-hour disc alongside the traditional time display, allowing you to track multiple time zones with ease.
As a testament to its innovative design and outstanding craftsmanship, the Chronomètre à Résonance RT won the Best Complication Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie (GPHG) in 2010, making it the first watch of the Résonance family to be honored with this prestigious award. This accolade is a testament to the exceptional quality of the watch and its significance in the world of haute horology.
The Chronomètre à Résonance RT movement is a masterpiece of horological engineering. It features two balance wheels, inspired by the natural phenomenon of resonance, which creates a unique type of frequency regulation. The dual-balance system catches the dissipated energy of each balance wheel, resulting in unparalleled precision and accuracy. This concept of resonance was first discovered in 1665 by Dutch mathematician Christiaan Hygens, and later refined by legendary watchmakers Antide Janvier and Abraham-Louis Breguet.
F.P. Journe has taken this pioneering technology and created a wristwatch that is not only a masterpiece of horology but also a true work of art. The white-gold dial is delicately textured and displays two separate silver dials for the hours and minutes. The left side of the dial features a 24-hour display that shows the second time zone, with the hours and minutes highlighted in contrasting colors on separate discs. The power reserve indicator is also reversed from the norm, starting at 40 and progressing to 0, a nod to the tradition of marine chronometer clocks.
The manual-winding F.P. Journe caliber 1499.3 movement is crafted from 18-carat rose-gold and features Côtes de Genève decoration, constructed with 36 jewels. It has a resonance-controlled, twin independent gear-train, a straight-line lever escapement, and a monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights. The self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring oscillates at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The watch also has a winding crown at 12 o’clock that adjusts both time zones and a crown at 4 o’clock to synchronize the seconds' hands.
Housed in a 40mm platinum case, the Chronomètre à Résonance RT represents a modern take on F.P. Journe's original inspired design. The watch's aesthetics are quintessentially F.P. Journe, featuring a unique and distinctive style that sets it apart from other watches. This timepiece is a true masterpiece of watchmaking, combining cutting-edge technology with classic design elements to create a watch that is as functional as it is beautiful. Whether you're a watch enthusiast or simply looking for a timepiece that exudes luxury and style, the Chronomètre à Résonance RT is an exceptional choice.
This example is obviously very collectible as it is the very first one produced for the general public as reflected in the serial number 001-RT.
F.P. Journe Caliber 1499.3
|Bracelet||F.P. Journe black leather strap|
|Box & Papers||Complete, Full set|