September 19, 2020

F.P. Journe: Chronomètre à Résonance “A Timeless Classic In High Horology” | On The Wrist

Born from F.P. Journe’s research of chronometric perfection, the Résonance is a further development (for the wrist) from Antide Janvier’s famous Resonance regulator of the 18th Century.

The Resonance phenomenon is known in physics and it was introduced for the first time in a wristwatch by F.P. Journe in 2000.


In watchmaking the Resonance phenomenon permits the two balance wheels to act alternately as exciter and resonator, allowing them to enter into sympathy due to the same effect. Therefore, the balance wheels will start to oscillate at the exact same frequency, allowing the twin movement of the watch to be perfectly synchronized.

The Chronomètre à Résonance III is the latest version that François-Paul Journe released, which features a 24 hours indicator at 9 o’clock instead of the classic and symmetric second sub-dial of the previous watches, which defines the hours of the day and those of the night.


The 24 hours indicator can conveniently display a second time zone, or can be used as a day and night indicator of the local time zone.

The incredible dial designed by F.P. Journe allows the owner to wear the watch both with an elegant or a casual outfit. If partially covered by the sleeve, FPJ’s watches with sub dials looks all the same, revealing only hours, minutes and seconds.

When the cuff is pulled to the left it is finally possible to admire the full dial in all its beauty, and to read the remaining indications.


Another characteristic of François-Paul’s creations is the movement in 18k red gold, which is visible through the sapphire-glass on the back side of the watch.

The 40mm case comes both in platinum or red gold, and the dial in red gold or white gold.

The starting price for a Chronomètre à Résonance is CHF. 74.400 + TAX.