Phillips Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020 | F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu Tantalum sold for EUR 54'355
A fine and rare tantalum wristwatch with small seconds, chrome blue dial, warranty and presentation box
F.P. Journe，「Chronomètre Bleu」型號，精細罕有，鉭金小三針腕錶，備鉻藍色錶盤，編號255號，約2012年製。附原裝證書、錶盒、配件
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
HK$120,000 - 200,000
SOLD FOR HK$504,000
Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
Year: Circa 2012
Case No: 255-CB
Model Name: Chronomètre Bleu
Calibre: Manual, cal. 1304, 22 jewels
Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
Dimensions: 39mm diameter
Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe warranty dated 3rd April 2012 stamped Abate San Remo, instruction manual, cloth, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.
Since its debut in 1999, F.P. Journe has never failed to impress, being the only manufacturer of fine timepieces to have won three Aiguille d’Or awards at the GPHG. In 2011, F.P. Journe decided to create an “entry level” chronometer timepiece for admirers of the manufacturer to own an F.P. Journe timepiece. With that said, the common “entry level” timepiece by other manufacturers are usually in stainless steel with an integrated bracelet. Journe did not want to create the common wristwatch in stainless steel and opted for an unusual material, tantalum.
Modelled as the Chronomètre Bleu, the result is simply stunning. Encased in a beautiful and refined 39mm tantalum case, the dial is a highly reflective chrome blue with white texts. With a mesmerizing blue sheen of the dial showing over 50 shades of blue under various lighting, the tantalum case has a greyish hue with a robust highly scratch resistant surface. Innovative and cutting edge, the model was very well received and soon became one of the hottest F.P. Journe timepieces in the market.
The present example from circa 2012 is offered in excellent overall condition and is further accompanied by the full set of accessories. Extremely attractive, this iconic wristwatch will surely impress all collectors of fine timepieces, seeking for something extraordinary.