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Chronomètre à Résonance Calibre 1499.3

White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel hands
Platinum case

Finishing
White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel hands
Platinum case

Calibre 1499.3
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 36 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 32.60 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 32.0 mm
  • Overall height : 4.20 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.59 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.00mm
  • Diameter of reset to zero stem : S1.20mm
Characteristics :

    2 x linear escapements, 15 teeth
    2 x balances with 4 inertia weight
    2 x flat microflamed Anachron balance Spring
    2 x mobile stud carriers
    2 x free sprung balance springs
    2x spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
    Pinned GE studs
    2 position winding crown
    Reset to zero button for seconds

Frequency :

    21'600 v/h (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: 320°
    24h dial up: 270°

Feature :

    Manual winding, 27 turns of crown
    Time adjustment at 12h for left dial by winding crown on position 2 in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
    Reset both seconds to zero by pulling button at 4h00
    Power reserve :
    40 hours + 2

Autonomy :

    40 ± 2 hours

Indications :

    Double display:
    Left dial –digital- indicating 24 hours
    Right dial –analogic- indicating 12 hours
    2 small seconds at 6h00
    Power reserve at 11h00

Finishing :

    High quality
    Partial circular graining on baseplate
    Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 299
    Cased up with strap: 336


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - EP 1 760 544 A1
Technical description

(1) Pinions to adjust distance
(2) Adjustable inertia weights
(3) Special balance

François-Paul Journe pays tribute to the research conducted on resonance by the great 18th century watchmakers, with the presentation of the first wristwatch resonance chronometer.

In 1983, François-Paul Journe took up the challenge with a first creation in the form of a pocket-watch, which did not yet perform according to his expectations. It would take fifteen more years of work for the watchmaker to gain the maturity and the experience to enable him to present an exclusive world première, the first resonance wristwatch.
18K red Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel hands
18K red Gold case
Calibre 1499.3
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 36 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 32.60 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 32.0 mm
  • Overall height : 4.20 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.59 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.00mm
  • Diameter of reset to zero stem : S1.20mm
Characteristics :

    2 x linear escapements, 15 teeth
    2 x balances with 4 inertia weight
    2 x flat microflamed Anachron balance Spring
    2 x mobile stud carriers
    2 x free sprung balance springs
    2x spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
    Pinned GE studs
    2 position winding crown
    Reset to zero button for seconds

Frequency :

    21'600 v/h (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: 320°
    24h dial up: 270°

Feature :

    Manual winding, 27 turns of crown
    Time adjustment at 12h for left dial by winding crown on position 2 in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
    Reset both seconds to zero by pulling button at 4h00
    Power reserve :
    40 hours + 2

Autonomy :

    40 ± 2 hours

Indications :

    Double display:
    Left dial –digital- indicating 24 hours
    Right dial –analogic- indicating 12 hours
    2 small seconds at 6h00
    Power reserve at 11h00

Finishing :

    High quality
    Partial circular graining on baseplate
    Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 299
    Cased up with strap: 336


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - EP 1 760 544 A1
Technical description

(1) Pinions to adjust distance
(2) Adjustable inertia weights
(3) Special balance

François-Paul Journe pays tribute to the research conducted on resonance by the great 18th century watchmakers, with the presentation of the first wristwatch resonance chronometer.

In 1983, François-Paul Journe took up the challenge with a first creation in the form of a pocket-watch, which did not yet perform according to his expectations. It would take fifteen more years of work for the watchmaker to gain the maturity and the experience to enable him to present an exclusive world première, the first resonance wristwatch.
White Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel hands
Platinum case and bracelet
Calibre 1499.3
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 36 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 32.60 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 32.0 mm
  • Overall height : 4.20 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.59 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.00mm
  • Diameter of reset to zero stem : S1.20mm
Characteristics :

    2 x linear escapements, 15 teeth
    2 x balances with 4 inertia weight
    2 x flat microflamed Anachron balance Spring
    2 x mobile stud carriers
    2 x free sprung balance springs
    2x spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
    Pinned GE studs
    2 position winding crown
    Reset to zero button for seconds

Frequency :

    21'600 v/h (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: 320°
    24h dial up: 270°

Feature :

    Manual winding, 27 turns of crown
    Time adjustment at 12h for left dial by winding crown on position 2 in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
    Reset both seconds to zero by pulling button at 4h00
    Power reserve :
    40 hours + 2

Autonomy :

    40 ± 2 hours

Indications :

    Double display:
    Left dial –digital- indicating 24 hours
    Right dial –analogic- indicating 12 hours
    2 small seconds at 6h00
    Power reserve at 11h00

Finishing :

    High quality
    Partial circular graining on baseplate
    Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 299
    Cased up with strap: 336


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - EP 1 760 544 A1
Technical description

(1) Pinions to adjust distance
(2) Adjustable inertia weights
(3) Special balance

François-Paul Journe pays tribute to the research conducted on resonance by the great 18th century watchmakers, with the presentation of the first wristwatch resonance chronometer.

In 1983, François-Paul Journe took up the challenge with a first creation in the form of a pocket-watch, which did not yet perform according to his expectations. It would take fifteen more years of work for the watchmaker to gain the maturity and the experience to enable him to present an exclusive world première, the first resonance wristwatch.
18K red Gold and Silver dial
Blued Steel hands
18K red Gold case and bracelet
Calibre 1499.3
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 36 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 32.60 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 32.0 mm
  • Overall height : 4.20 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.59 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.00mm
  • Diameter of reset to zero stem : S1.20mm
Characteristics :

    2 x linear escapements, 15 teeth
    2 x balances with 4 inertia weight
    2 x flat microflamed Anachron balance Spring
    2 x mobile stud carriers
    2 x free sprung balance springs
    2x spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
    Pinned GE studs
    2 position winding crown
    Reset to zero button for seconds

Frequency :

    21'600 v/h (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: 320°
    24h dial up: 270°

Feature :

    Manual winding, 27 turns of crown
    Time adjustment at 12h for left dial by winding crown on position 2 in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
    Reset both seconds to zero by pulling button at 4h00
    Power reserve :
    40 hours + 2

Autonomy :

    40 ± 2 hours

Indications :

    Double display:
    Left dial –digital- indicating 24 hours
    Right dial –analogic- indicating 12 hours
    2 small seconds at 6h00
    Power reserve at 11h00

Finishing :

    High quality
    Partial circular graining on baseplate
    Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 299
    Cased up with strap: 336


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - EP 1 760 544 A1
Technical description

(1) Pinions to adjust distance
(2) Adjustable inertia weights
(3) Special balance

François-Paul Journe pays tribute to the research conducted on resonance by the great 18th century watchmakers, with the presentation of the first wristwatch resonance chronometer.

In 1983, François-Paul Journe took up the challenge with a first creation in the form of a pocket-watch, which did not yet perform according to his expectations. It would take fifteen more years of work for the watchmaker to gain the maturity and the experience to enable him to present an exclusive world première, the first resonance wristwatch.
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About
The only wrist-watch in the world featuring the physical resonance phenomenon.

F.P. Journe commemorates the 10 year anniversary of the renowned Chronomètre à Résonance with a new edition now featuring a 24 hour indicator.

An emblematic timepiece that significantly marks the research on precision made by master watchmaker François-Paul Journe. This unique watch represents one of the wildest challenges ever in the field of the mechanical watch. Featuring the natural phenomenon of resonance, this exceptional mechanism, with its twin balances beating in perfect synchronisation, revolutionized the classic standards of watchmaking by offering an unequalled precision for a wristwatch.

This physical phenomenon known as “resonance” is frequently part of our daily lives and yet we hardly even notice it. When one is looking for a program on the radio, it crackles until the chosen wavelengths meet those of the transmitter: only then do they harmonise to begin resonating together.

In an ultimate quest for precision, the dial at 9 o’clock now features a 24 hour indicator, precisely defining the hours of day and those of night. The dial at 3 o’clock in guilloché silver indicates the local time but can also be used for the same time zone.

The new Chronomètre a Résonance is imbued with a profoundly poetic depth. Unique wristwatch in the world featuring the resonance phenomenon, it remains, 10 years later, the most precise mechanical watch of contemporary watchmaking.
Testimony
Chronomètre à Résonance

"I will try to explain the historical reasons that led me to build such or such a watch. As far as the resonance phenomenon is concerned, the intuition that energy is dissipated without being lost goes back to the 18th century and the research performed by the great chemist Lavoisier, who stated in his famous theory which highlights my modest explanations: ""Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed"". With the invention of the pendulum, watchmakers noticed that their beat often interfered with their environment and it was not unusual for a pendulum clock to stop of its own accord when the pendulum came into resonance with the driving-weight suspended from its cords.

After the theories of Christiaan Huygens, The brilliant watchmaker or ""mechanical engineer"" as he described himself, who was the first to have the feeling that one might use turn this disadvantage into an asset: Antide Janvier, born in 1751 in St Claude, France. His idea was to build two complete movements with two precision escapements and to place them close to each other, ensuring that the two pendulums were hanging from the same construction. Just as he imagined, the pendulums recovered the energy dissipated by each other and began to beat together, thus entering into resonance. Maintained by this wave and thus protected from outside vibrations, this principle considerably enhanced their precision. About 1780, Antide Janvier built two precision regulators, one of which is preserved at the Paul Dupuy museum in Toulouse and the second in the private collection of Montres Journes SA, Geneva (see pages 16/17). A third desk-top regulator is kept in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Thirty years later, Abraham-Louis Breguet built a resonance regulator for Louis XIII, King of France, which is now part of the collection of the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris; and a second for the King of England, Georges III, which is housed in Buckingham Palace. He also made a pocket-watch based on the same principle for each of these illustrious figures. To my knowledge, no-one else in watchmaking took any further interest in this fascinating physical phenomenon! The advantages of this phenomenon in terms of precision led me to pursue my own personal research and attempts which, after fifteen years, enabled me to adapt it to a wristwatch for the second model in the Souveraine collection: the Resonance Chronometer. I felt that this resonance system was particularly well suited to the various wrist movements that subject watch mechanisms to repeated jarring which is detrimental to their smooth running."

François-Paul Journe
Technical Specifications
Movement :
  • Winding : Manual
  • Movement in 18K rose gold : 36 jewels
Dimensions :
  • Overall diameter : 32.60 mm
  • Casing-up diameter : 32.0 mm
  • Overall height : 4.20 mm
  • Height of winding system : 2.59 mm
  • Diameter of stem thread : S1.00mm
  • Diameter of reset to zero stem : S1.20mm
Characteristics :

    2 x linear escapements, 15 teeth
    2 x balances with 4 inertia weight
    2 x flat microflamed Anachron balance Spring
    2 x mobile stud carriers
    2 x free sprung balance springs
    2x spring laser pinned to Nivatronic collets
    Pinned GE studs
    2 position winding crown
    Reset to zero button for seconds

Frequency :

    21'600 v/h (3Hz)

Inertia :

    10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :

    52°

Amplitude :

    0h dial up: 320°
    24h dial up: 270°

Feature :

    Manual winding, 27 turns of crown
    Time adjustment at 12h for left dial by winding crown on position 2 in one direction, and in the opposite direction for right dial
    Reset both seconds to zero by pulling button at 4h00
    Power reserve :
    40 hours + 2

Autonomy :

    40 ± 2 hours

Indications :

    Double display:
    Left dial –digital- indicating 24 hours
    Right dial –analogic- indicating 12 hours
    2 small seconds at 6h00
    Power reserve at 11h00

Finishing :

    High quality
    Partial circular graining on baseplate
    Screw heads polished and bevelled, with chamfered slots
    Pegs with polished rounded ends

Number of Parts :

    Movement without dial: 299
    Cased up with strap: 336


At the heart of the movement
Brevet - EP 1 760 544 A1
Technical description

(1) Pinions to adjust distance
(2) Adjustable inertia weights
(3) Special balance

François-Paul Journe pays tribute to the research conducted on resonance by the great 18th century watchmakers, with the presentation of the first wristwatch resonance chronometer.

In 1983, François-Paul Journe took up the challenge with a first creation in the form of a pocket-watch, which did not yet perform according to his expectations. It would take fifteen more years of work for the watchmaker to gain the maturity and the experience to enable him to present an exclusive world première, the first resonance wristwatch.

  • Prix Haute Complication 2010