In-Depth: Presentation of the New Chronometre a Resonance (RQ) for WatchProSite

Apr 28, 2020,06:50 AM
 






Chronometre a Resonance RQ . released April 28, 2020.



Overview

(Text extracts from the press kit for Chronometre a Resonance RQ)

The new Chronomètre à Résonance has only one single barrel spring to provide power for the two movements. A differential placed on the first wheel, visible in the centre of the dial, transmits, independently, the energy of the barrel spring towards the two secondary gear trains. Each secondary gear train is equipped with a Remontoir d’Egalité of a frequency of 1 second. Working in such a way, the force received by the escapements remains linear and assures isochronism throughout 28 hours.


The new Chronomètre à Résonance features a redesigned case in Platinum or in 18K 6N Gold with a crown now placed at 2 o’clock easing the winding of the watch in position 0 and the time setting in position 2, clockwise for the left dial and anti-clockwise for the right dial. The pulling of the button at 4 o’clock simultaneously resets both seconds.






“I have redesigned the dial in Gold to provide a perfect aesthetic balance between the 2 identical Silver guilloche hour and minute subdials, indicating 12 hours at 3 o’clock and 24 hours at 9 o’clock. At 12 o’clock the power reserve of 42 hours echoes the signature at 6 o’clock while the 2 synchronized small seconds reflect each other at 4 and 8. In the center, the differential bridge appears through the openwork dial, which with the barrel spring will equally distribute the energy to the two gear trains.”

 

On the movement side, 2 remontoirs d’égalité (constant force device) provide a linear force to each of the two balance springs to remain isochronous during 28 hours.






The new Chronomètre à Résonance is available with a case in Platinum or in 18K 6N Gold in 40 and 42 mm diameter. The dial is proposed in 18K white or 6N Gold with 2 hour subdials in whitened Silver Guilloché clous de Paris. Leather strap or Gold or Platinum bracelet.





Technical specifications

Movement:   Calibre 1520 in 18K rose Gold. Manual winding / 31 turns of crown

 Dimensions:               Overall diameter:                              34.60 mm

Casing-up diameter:                  34.20 mm

Overall height:                              7.97 mm

Height of winding stem:                3.39 mm

Diameter of stem thread:           S1.20 mm

 Balance:                     2 independent linear escapements, 15 teeth

2 independent balances with 4 inertia weights

2 flat micro-flamed Anachron balance springs

2 mobile stud carriers

Free sprung

2 springs laser pinned to Nivatronic collets

2 Pinned GE studs

Frequency:           21,600v/h, 3Hz

Inertia:                   10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift:           52°

Amplitude:             0h dial up: > 260°

  24h dial up: > 260°

 

Main Characteristics:         2 position winding crown at 2

Manual winding in position 0 - Time adjustment in position 2: left dial clockwise and right dial anti-clockwise

Resetting the seconds to zero by pulling the button at 4h

 

Indications:                         

                                             Double time display:        

                                             Left analog - indicating 24 hours

                                             Right analog - indicating 12 hours

2 small seconds at 6

Power reserve at 12

 

Power Reserve:                  42 hours ± 2

 

Finishing:                            High quality

Partial circular graining on baseplate

Straight waves on bridges

Screw heads polished and beveled, with chamfered slots

Pegs with polished rounded ends

Steel components hand finished

 

Case:                                  Platinum or 18K 6N Gold

                                            Diameter: 40 and 42mm

Total height:11 mm

 

Dial:                                    18K white or 6N Gold and whitened Silver counters with guilloche clous de Paris

 

Number of parts:                Movement without dial       :                     378

                                           Cased up with strap:                                427

                                           Jewels:                                                      62

 

 

Preliminary Price                Gold case 101.400 CHF ex. Tax

                                            Platinum case 105.000 CHF ex. Tax


Available both in 40 mm and 42 mm case

Chronometre a Resonance RQ


By ChristianDK - F.P. Journe Moderator WatchProSite.com 


The Launch of the Resonance RQ

The launch of the new Resonance RQ was supposed to have taken place at an event in Geneva in late March. Collectors and journalists where invited from around the world. However, due to the Covid-19 situation, the event was cancelled, and the launch was postponed.

On march 31st, F.P. Journe sent out a message on Instagram, Wishing everyone well during the Corona Crisis, also saying that the new Resonance watch was ready and it would be available in boutiques once they reopened. You could sense his longing and excitement in his words, to present the watch to the world. This is a watch that clearly means a lot to the watchmaker and to the person that is Francois-Paul Journe. See post here:

www.watchprosite.com

As the world now seems to be making the first baby steps to carefully reopen, Mr. Journe has delighted us with the news that now is the time to reveal the watch through watch various Social Media and the watch press. Obviously, this is very far from being the launch he had intended. But this is the reality of the world right now! We have to make the best of the limited possibilities we have at the moment. Soon we will see live pictures and wrist shots appearing. As the various parts of the world reopens locally, you can potentially be able to see and handle the watch in a few weeks at your local F.P. Journe Boutique.

 

First impressions and reflections...

The following article is merely my first impressions as well as my first thoughts on the new Chronometre a Resonance RQ. It is – In NO way - a review!



“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”

― T.S. Eliot,  The Sacred Wood



The Resonance is in my, TOP 3 all-time favorite watches. Sometimes I think it is THE favorite. I keep being fascinated and inspired by the Resonance phenomenon. It is not only a great concept.  I keep enjoying the watch on the wrist. I wear it for extensive periods at a time. I travel with it. It works both as a formal and as a casual watch. The watch wears well and perfectly balanced on the wrist with its slim and comfortable profile. In my horological life I have spent a fair amount of time and thinking on this watch. I consider it - in many ways - a masterpiece. It feels “Sublime” - in an artistic sense… Well, you know, with a few quirks also, that are part of the deal.

F.P Journe was not the first to discover or to utilize the natural phenomenon of “Resonance” in watchmaking, as a route to improve the chronometric performance. However, he was the first, and some say the only one, to use utilize the acoustic phenomenon to improve the accuracy in a wristwatch. F.P. spent 17 years of research to make it work before he could commercialize it in year 2000. (see also chapter below: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF RéSONANCE)

Resonance is NOT a complication. It is a natural phenomenon where two escapements exchange energy by shiftily act as Excitor and Resonator and thereby equal out deviations. To make that work in a wristwatch, is just incredibly difficult. Others attempts exists, but no manufacture have been able to do it in the way FP does and further translate that into a manufacture piece. What seems to stand above discussion, is that no other has been able to make Resonance it “their own” in modern watchmaking, as in the way T.S. Elliot described the gesture of the good poet.


I was very curious about how it was possible to renew The Chronometre a Resonance since the first time I heard a rumor that a new Resonance was in the works. Honestly, I was skeptical and had a hard time seeing the purpose of making a reinterpretation. Why change something perfect?

Last year though, during an evening with F.P, I was able to learn a little about what was hidden behind the veil. I learned that adding a Remontoir d´Egalite, or rather, two separate “constant force mechanisms”- one for each of the separate powertrains, was the concept of the new watch. Giving it some thought, the idea made complete sense to me. It was, in a way as simple as it was a brilliant answer to the challenge of reinterpreting and improving the Chronometre a Resonance.


The use of the Remontoir d’Egalite has played a crucial role through the lineage of many the most important watches from F.P. Journe.  It is applied because it serves as an effectful component in the quest to improve and optimize chronometric performance. For some manufactures, the use of a “constant force device” (in one form or other) is oftentimes more of a decorative element without the benefit of improving performance, since there is a tradeoff in terms of friction. It becomes an aesthetic undertaking.  However, this not the point for with F.P. Journe.

The Remontoir d’Egalite is used for the first time in the first tourbillon from 1991 and some of the following unique pieces he makes. It is also included in the Tourbillon Souverain from 1999 that became the first production Tourbillon and it was subsequently included in his Tourbillon TN from 2003. Tourbillon Vertical 2019. Again, the Remontoir D’Egalite is given a lead role in the Chronometre Optimum and serves as an aid in conceiving the concepts of the Vagabondage 2 and the Vagabondage 3. Throughout this lineage, F.P.J. has been able to develop and improve on his version of the Remontoir d’Egalite.





View of one of the two Remontoir dÉgalite.





Remontoir dÉgalite designed for the Tourbillon. The Remontoir spring-blade delivers constant energy to the escapement every second.


The two added Remontoir d’Egalite. Or the two “constant force mechanisms” solve a fundamental problem in the power train of a mechanical watch. As the mainspring unwinds, from the full rewind, the power diminishes in an uneven way. That means, for the first few hours, a strong energy is delivered but with diminishing force. Then, when the main spring is about two thirds unwound, a sharp drop in energy will begin occur until fully unwound.

Ideally a balance must be isochronous, which means that each oscillation it makes must be identical at all times. To achieve this, the energy fed to the balance need to be of the same or constant force. In short, a Remontoir d’Egalite is a device or construction,(in this case a spring blade) that acts as an interim energy buffer between the main spring and the escapement. Releasing equal portions of energy stored in the Remontoirs, once every second. In the case of the RQ, it ensures the two escapements to receive a linear energy for 28 hours and thus assures isochronism for this period.


 The Chronometre a Resonance is first and foremost a technical watch that utilizes the Phenomenon of Resonance with the aim to achieve the best possible chronometric performance. That is the sole purpose of the original concept! The purpose is not to be whimsical or poetic. So – the addition Remontoir d’Egalite x 2, is done in the same spirit and helps to distribute an even energy to the two, completely  separate escapements. These are very intolerant to deviations, in order to be able to resonate with each other.



The new Caliber 1520


The new movement has been given the name caliber 1520 . 15 – because it is 15 linges in size and 20 because it is introduced in year 2020.

What we see, when we put this movement next to the original caliber 1499, is an airier and tectonic architecture. It still keeps almost perfect symmetry, except for the gear winding the main barrel. This has moved over to the left because the winding crown has been moved from 12 o´clock, to the two o´clock position. You can sense the single, large barrel spring under the plate through two kidney shaped apertures.

What is clearly different are the openings between the bridges, creating a space for the two remontoirs. You can sense the going train behind them and how they connect down to the two unconnected escapements.

The principle of how Resonance is achieved remains the same as in the old caliber. You still have a fixed balance to the left side, while the right balance sits on a movable plate that can be adjusted in terms of distance to the other, through the narrowing pin. When each balance is tightly regulated in all 6 positions to within 5 seconds of each other, the correct distance can be optimized and Resonance between the two will start to occur.



The new Caliber 1520







The previous and now retired caliber 1499


My initial feeling is that this is an extremely beautiful movement. Tectonically it is very easy to “read” the movement and what is taking place once you understand what the components in the train are doing. I love that clarity.

It is more open and interesting to look at than the cal. 1499, which has always been one of the most beautiful watch movements to my eyes. The two remontoirs in action will create some “life” and animate the movement further. Is this even more beautiful to the eye than the cal. 1499?


There is really great animation of the watch movement, showing all the gears and Remontoirs in motion. Link is here:   https://www.instagram.com/p/B_hhVGRH-JY/



The dial of the new Chronometre a Resonance RQ


The dial clearly takes on some inspiration from the recently released Chronometre Astronomic. Instead of using the two classical dials with sub dials, that we find in the old Resonance, F.P. is forming a larger (almost) symmetric element that unites the two dials. The dial becomes an abstract shape, formed from within by the circles of the dial, adding an interesting figure to the dial.

Probably the most unusual and controversial part of the dial, is the large hole in the center. Here is an aperture creating room for a finely finished, carved out bridge. The bridge holding and exhibiting the first wheel and opening up to the view of a very unusual differential gear that is supplying equal force to each separate gear train. This is a detail I will think we will need to see and experience to fully appreciate. I find it interesting looking and I think I like it. Both the bridge and gears have been carved out to optimize the transparency.

F.P has a tradition of creating apertures in his dial to reveal and frame components of the watch. But how much movement is visible through this aperture? And a hole in the middle of the dial will surely cause some debate among collectors, I imagine. However, I think it is also a major component to visually separating the watch from the previous one.

The dial demonstrates FPs artistic interest in playing with the composition of the dial, just as a painter works with his canvas. He has now left the simple notion of form follows function and taken the liberty to play with and shape the form. Same as he also did on the dial of the Astronomic. I really like this symmetric shape. It just looks very cool!

My single main objection to the dial and the watch so far, is that this is a 24h/12h dial. That is, for me personally a slight disappointment. I feel the expression of the Resonance is slightly diluted as it takes more form of a travel watch. I always run my Resonance with the dials set symmetrically – even when I’m in another time zone. I hope we will see a traditional 12h/12h dial in a future edition.



The dial of the new Chronometre a Resonance RQ
The dial of the Chronometre A Resonance now retired. One year run in 2019.






The dial of the Chronometre Astronomic launched in 2019.


The redesigned case. The winding crown has been moved from the 12 o´clock position to 2 o´clock. Oh boy – I think a LOT of people will appreciate this. Yeah, I also love the quirky look of the old crown at 12, but it is a pain to wind it.

The new case will come in 40 and 42 mm. the height is 11 mm which is a nice proportion. The Centigraphe is 10.7mm and the Quantieme  Perpetual is also 11mm high, so these pieces can give you some reference for the size and proportions of the case. The old Resonance case was 9.7 mm high.


A few last comments. As you can sense, I am really, really impressed with this final watch. This is an feeling I don’t get often, any more.

We all remember when the first iPhone came. It was a amazement and shock to most. However, no one remembers when the second came out. I was afraid this could have been a similar situation where the watch just felt like an update. This is clearly not the case - I see and feel this is an evolution with new meaning added to it and that the watch will hold its own place!

In particular, I am charmed by the new movement. I am looking at my 1499 on the table right now, and it suddenly seems slightly dull in comparison the pictures of the cal. 1520.

I really like the new dial. Especially the shape looks good. The aperture I think I will need to get used to, but the bridge looks very well done and is quite pretty.

It makes complete sense in the Journe Universe, that the Remontoir d’Egalite should finally find its way in to the Chronometre a Resonance. The conceptual purity and integrity is preserved.

I feel will take its place in the lineage among the most important of F.P. Journe watches. Of course - History will be the judge of that.


CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF R é SONANCE



(Text extract from the press kit for Chronometre a Resonance RQ)

 

The first observations pertaining to the natural resonance phenomenon were made by 17th century Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens, followed by 18th century horologists Antide Janvier and Abraham-Louis Breguet, who developed timepieces based upon this principle. Since then, François-Paul Journe is the first and only watchmaker to manufacture wristwatches that perform through acoustic resonance.

 

When he presented his first Résonance wristwatch in 2000, it was baptized Résonance under the patented brand name Résonance ®. The F.P.Journe Chronomètre à Résonance is the only wristwatch in the world that utilizes the “physical natural resonance without any mechanical contact” phenomenon, previously known as double pendulum or double balance.

 

Conceived, developed and built to meet the demands of actual wear on the wrist and thereby provide chronometric performance driven to extremes, this watch represents one of the wildest challenges in the field of mechanical watches! Each of the two balances alternately serves as exciter and resonator. When the two balances are in movement, they enter into harmony thanks to the resonance phenomenon and begin to beat naturally in opposition. The two balances then support each other, giving more inertia to their movement. This result is possible only if the difference of the frequency from one to the other does not exceed 5 seconds per day cumulated on six positions. Their setting is an extremely delicate task.

 

Whereas an external disturbance affects the running of a traditional mechanical watch, the same disturbance, for the Chronomètre à Resonance, produces an effect that accelerates one of the balances as much as it slows down the other. Little by little, the two balances come back towards each other to find their point of harmony, thus eliminating the disturbance, and beating in perfect synchronization.

 

This emblematic watch that distinctively signs François-Paul Journe’s horological research on precision was awarded Grand Complication of the Year at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2010. François-Paul Journe has conceived several versions of his wristwatch throughout the last 20 years; the first 20 by Subscription (2000), the first collection series (2001), the Ruthenium series (2001-2002), with movement in 18K rose Gold (2005), the 24 hours Résonance (2010), the analogic 24 hours Résonance (2019), and the new Chronomètre à Résonance (2020).

 

The new Chronomètre à Résonance features a redesigned case in Platinum or in 18K 6N Gold with a crown now placed at 2 o’clock easing the winding of the watch in position 0 and the time setting in position 2, clockwise for the left dial and anti-clockwise for the right dial. The pulling of the button at 4 o’clock simultaneously resets both seconds.

 

 

The resonance phenomenon explained

(Text extract from the press kit for Chronometre a Resonance RQ)

Resonance is a natural acoustic phenomenon. Any animate body transmits a vibration to its environment. When another body picks up this vibration at the same frequency, it absorbs its energy. In watchmaking it pertains to two independent movements set side by side that get in synchronization.

 

A few resonance examples: A soprano’s voice. She delicately sings into a glass until she hears to which frequency the glass replies and then, she emits a stentorian sound at that same frequency. The glass then vibrates in sympathy. If the energy provided is sufficient, the glass will not be able to tolerate it and will break.

 

Musicians who play wind and stringed instruments also know about the resonance phenomenon, as Keith Jarrett mentioned in the first catalogue of F.P.Journe. Certain strings on lutes and sitars, for example, are not made to be touched; they vibrate by resonance when the musician plucks the strings in close proximity to them.

 

All radio communication systems, transmitters and receivers, use resonators to “filter” the frequencies of the signals they use. When we are looking for a program on the radio, it crackles until the chosen wavelengths meet those of the transmitter: only then do they harmonize to begin resonating together.

 

A bridge is subjected to vertical and transversal oscillations, or torsion. In 1850, a troop that was crossing a bridge suspended over the Maine River in Angers, and that was marching in step to the same rhythm, caused the bridge to rupture, leading to the death of 226 soldiers. Military regulations forbid them to walk in step across a bridge.

 

Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, uses the resonance of a body’s protons to produce images. An automobile, with its suspension system, is an oscillator! Shock absorbers prevent the vehicle from resonating sharply.

 

Large buildings subjected to earthquakes are protected by installing an oscillator (a large pendulum) that is suspended above the building and whose own frequency is similar to that of the building. In this manner, the pendulum absorbs the energy, preventing the building from collapsing.




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Thank you so much, Luca :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-07:12
yes a lot of food for thougts. We are looking forward to finally see it thank you for chiming in. Hope you are well!

Thank you so much, I really appreciate you saying that :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-10:45
it was fun to write - the only bad thing was realizing how badly I want one ;-)

👍🙏😁 [nt]

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 28th, 2020-11:06

impressive movement and i love the symmetry in most case...in deed i would have loved to see it on the dial too (i like the old dials)...

 
 By: mahesh : April 28th, 2020-07:19
i was also impressed by the thinness of the timepiece with all what the movement is entangled with - wow ! not but not the least, ppl always say Mr Journe is difficult to discuss but i think he address the 'crown position' which was always a difficulty me... 

Yes, Isnt it. I think it is impressive how he has struk a perfect balance

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-10:51
He has really made true improvements on the watch while staying true true to the original concept. I think we both agree on the symmetry of the 12H dials. best Christian

hopefully he'll do a symmetric dial variant in future or may be a special edition for Purists ;-)

 
 By: mahesh : April 28th, 2020-12:16
i think he is a genius & always pushes the boundaries towards precision timepiece !

Haha let’s ask :-) I suspect it will come a point.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:29
i agree, he is genius!!! At least incredibly creative and talented

From pictures, Instagram and your description I think this might be the perfect Resonance;

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 28th, 2020-07:25
and very close to the perfect watch. I’ll have to hold it and put it on before committing to that last proposition. My one objection to the 2019 dial was the 24 hour scale looking so barren and open compared to the right side subdial. This watch solves th... 

Re the dials, that’s my immediate thought too. Versus the 2019 reference these two dials are more balanced to the eye.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : April 28th, 2020-10:34
A nice little trick by adding the 60 min scale. In fact, unlike the 2019 where the eye immediately sees the imbalance (difference between 24hr and 12hr), here I did not immediately notice that the subdials were different. Like Christian I still don’t unde... 

Exactly.

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 28th, 2020-10:51
Someone posted separately a listing from Sotheby’s auctioning a “dual time “ Resonance from 2002. A complete misunderstanding of the watch in its original conception. Now however...

Dear Mike, thank you so much for your words and support always. I really appreciate it :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:00
I think this is a genuine improvement. That movement is just incredible. I hope you have watched the video with both the Remontoirs runningWhoa!! Suddenly my Resonance looks so boring in comparison. A lot going on BUT also very clear and pure in a sense! ... 

Yes the movement (how did I not mention that?!) is stunning!

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 28th, 2020-11:53
And the video is terrific.

Great post and analysis!

 
 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : April 28th, 2020-07:27
We should add this here

Thank you for an incredible and thorough review

 
 By: NML77 : April 28th, 2020-07:32
It helps me appreciate this amazing watch that much more!

That was truly my pleasure to do :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:14
It always help going deep on the good pieces and I felt this one deserves the attention Thank you for your kind words!

FP has said that the optimal distance between the two has increased over the years (from movement to movement).

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : April 28th, 2020-10:45
Brass was 4/10ths of a mm, now 6 to 7/10ths of a mm (someone needs to check this, but this is what I wrote when FP was talking). He also said that the greater distance between the two helped minimize what he called the “cushion air effect” which was occur... 

Thx, interesting! [nt]

 
 By: dedestexhes : April 28th, 2020-11:19

Very interesting info, Jay

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:48
Was that the talk in NYC recently?

Beautiful!

 
 By: Sgfortino : April 28th, 2020-07:33
And what a technical achievement. Congrats to FPJ. Although too big for my wrist, I appreciate the amount of technology in this watch from afar and I am sure there are many collectors anxiously awaiting seeing this watch on their wrist!

I should have also added....

 
 By: Sgfortino : April 28th, 2020-12:27
Thank you very much Christian for such a detailed and well thought out introduction to this new piece. Truly valuable and insightful and not something we get elsewhere!

28 hr effective power reserve with constant force is the only issue (likely 38hr total pr).

 
 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : April 28th, 2020-07:38
28hr is easily over 24hr, so no real problem.

42hrs total.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : April 28th, 2020-10:47
I expect that the 28hr is in reality longer, and this was just the “safe” number to quote. But for a manual wind getting full effect (constant force) for a full day should be sufficient.

Someone needs to get it to me so I can do an autonomy test.

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 28th, 2020-10:55
I’ll give it back. 🙄

I am here to serve. [nt]

 
 By: TheMadDruid : April 28th, 2020-11:54

😁 [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:43

What do you think about the new style of power reserve (like the Astronomic, as noted here) vs. the old?

 
 By: lk : April 28th, 2020-07:53
A minor point, but I prefer the character of the old and how it fits with the other writing on the dial. Thanks for the write-up.

Thats a good question, ik :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:07
I like it more than the red splash on the Optimum which is a mix between the two. I am a bit of a purist. I think I would have preferred the original without adding color. The rest is more like tones except the blue hands. The french have a passion for "a... 

11mm case height is impressive as hell...

 
 By: mdg : April 28th, 2020-08:15
THIS is what all watchmakers should be doing, creating art mixed with engineering in very small spaces. Anybody can build a fat watch. Still not a fan of the 24-hour dial...other than that this is very nice.

Thank you su much A :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:10
G´For your kind words! It was a lot of fun to write it but the downside was that the more I studied it the more my desire grew. I want to see it so badly!!! Havnt felt like about a new piece in a while! take care my friend

I’m still crying over that. It would have been something unforgettable!

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:36
Yes we hope it will be soon 😃

Indeed [nt]

 
 By: cmmnsens : April 28th, 2020-13:29

that was truly my pleasure Dirk. I really had fun with it even if the deadline suddenly got short

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:21
Yes its "one of those" to experience as it is something unique and great. Thank you for your great words, dear friend

Ah, My god, Fab! Apologiesmy dear friend - too many replies too fast...

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-13:48
But arent you happy, I at least didnt call you Dick.. ;-) LOL

ROFL :-) :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 30th, 2020-06:18
I cant wait to have lunch with you one day

One of the most attractive time pieces ever produced ❣️ In every aspect ‼️

 
 By: MCG (Markus) : April 28th, 2020-08:35
Wonderful essay, thanks very much! 👍🏻😃

Yes those are my feelings as well. In my book we are at the top in terms of contemporary watchmaking!

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:24
This will reach far beyond just this period in horological history. I really appreciate your words Markus BTW is that Mont Blanc in your picture?

Matterhorn 👍🏻😅 [nt]

 
 By: MCG (Markus) : April 28th, 2020-13:02

W O W. Thanks for the write-up Christian!

 
 By: MichaelC : April 28th, 2020-08:40
Impressive machine. I could stare at the movement endlessly!

My pleasure, Michael

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:34
The video is amazing with the Remontoirs spinning Hope you are well, buddy! best thoughts your way!

Thank you for all the hard work. This is really an impressive timepiece.

 
 By: nafetS : April 28th, 2020-08:49
Overall I like the new dial better (not decided on the 24 hr subdial yet), as well as the movement aesthetics. I'm just not sure about the increase of height to 11mm. As with so many pieces, I'll have to see it in the flesh, but this has a serious potenti... 

My pleasure and thank you :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:38
yes, this is grail potential. I think im also beginning to like this new dial better. The movement. I have no doubt it is better. About the 11 mm dont worry. It is like the Centigraphe and by no means thick. However, as you say we need to see it, wear it ... 

Me too. Until now, I've ranked the chronometre optimum higher on my wishlist than the resonance, but this could change it.

 
 By: nafetS : April 28th, 2020-12:14
I really like thin and ultrathin watches. Thickness always has a big impact on my desire for a watch. That's why I'm a bit worried. 11mm could still be ok, though. In general everything above 11mm is only acceptable for sporty watches with me. I'll probab... 

It is often those two competing as favorites among the collectors!

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:39
It will be interesting to see where this will sit in the field. Quite high I suspect, as it is free of the quirks and the double remontoirs are quite impressive. Let’s see how ot goes😊👍

It's worth 100k just for the sight of all those gear wheels turning

 
 By: cazalea : April 28th, 2020-08:58
This is a beautiful watch and one that in the video made my jaw hit the table. I suggest everyone who's interested go watch that on their website. It's at the very bottom of this page www.fpjourne.com Cazalea

Yes isnt it, Mike :-) Im really glad you like it

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:43
and I agree - one needs to watch the video as it helps to see the moving parts. I got a copy of the video but not sure I can upload it? Thanks for chiming in - I really appreciate it best Christian

We can't host it here

 
 By: cazalea : April 28th, 2020-13:30
If they chose NOT to put it on YouTube then we have no legal right to do so. I think our best bet is to recommend the link for now, then ask Journe whether Vimeo or YouTube or what host they are using if there's a direct link. Cheers Mike

Ok thank you so much, Mike

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-13:38
but eBay??!!! not sure how that would work out. LOL ;-) I hope all is well with you Cheers Christian

Sorry, that would be YouTube!

 
 By: cazalea : April 29th, 2020-16:46
My error ... ...  

LOL - I could have done that as well..

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 30th, 2020-06:14
BTW, I just had 6 cases delivered 15 minutes ago. You where right that there are a lot of good wine offers at the moment.

Great post! Can't wait to see the new Resonance!

 
 By: patrick_y : April 28th, 2020-10:02
I always thought the Resonance was a cool watch, but that crown at 12 o'clock was too difficult to wind. I'm glad to see this new Resonance and am looking forward to trying it out in person.

Dear Patrick thank you for saying that :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:44
Im glad you liked it. This will be really interesting to see once we get the chance

Happy to have spent the time to read this post!

 
 By: patrick_y : April 28th, 2020-12:37
I recently read something on another watch website and I was thinking "I want my four minutes back" as I learned nothing about the subject. Your piece gave a nice introduction to the new timepiece, explained the concept of resonance, and included some his... 

I sincely thank You, Patrick. Your words mean a lot.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:42
I felt it was a series responsibility to try to explain such an important watch. I didn’t have much time but tried my best. Thank you 😊 🙏

Superb review of a very special watch Christian!

 
 By: sham1 : April 28th, 2020-10:26
I have been in touch with the Geneva boutique and am actually thinking of foregoing my RW Smith Series 2 due next year for a 40mm platinum Resonance. I never thought I would even consider swapping a RW Smith for any watch but this is indeed high praise to... 

Sham, dear friend!

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-11:56
so happy talk to you as it has been a while. Im so happy to see you here. damn this corona thing or we should have had lunch in London soon! Somehow im not completely surprised that you have drifted to "the dark side" of FPJ ;-) Are you talking about the ... 

This new one Christian

 
 By: sham1 : April 28th, 2020-12:43
With the Resonance, I believe the watch has evolved and been perfected over time and I feel FPJ have finally got it right with this latest model. Hope to finally meet you next April in Geneva!

Very good idea.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:45
Geneva is a a deal! If you PM me your email I will send you some material tomorrow morning!

👍😊 [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-13:23

Thank you Christian for your thoughts and the full details on the watch.

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : April 28th, 2020-10:55
Initial impression is the watch looks good, and it’s differentiated enough from the prior models to stand out on its own. I don’t get the inclusion of the 24hr dial. But as Mike noted above at least this time the balance of the dials seems to less affecte... 

Dear Jay thank you so much for saying that :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:06
It was a lot of fun to write but the more I got in to it the more I feel I NEED one. No bs! I am really falling for this watch. I completely agree on all your comments! I was a little surprised to see a 24h/12h dial - and perhaps just a tad disappointed. ... 

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such a comprehensive review

 
 By: emcquillan : April 28th, 2020-11:25
I really appreciate your work. From press photos and the description and your review alone this Resonance has made my want/dream list. I was quite take with all the previous versions, but this new one is quite a stunning achievement. Kindest regards,

Dearest Ed - Thank you for your kind words. I am really happy to hear that you feel that way :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:09
It was a lot of fun to dive in to this watch and it only got better and better. I really feel that is a testament to the quality of what we have before us here. Its on my list as well, I can tell you With warm regards Christian

Thanks for all details...

 
 By: edo.k : April 28th, 2020-11:25
Can't wait to see this piece in metal and live wristshots...

My pleasure :-) Its a really exciting watch

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:11
Yes we really want to see it - hopefully soon

Thank you so much, for saying that Salman :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-12:13
It is such an interesting and beautiful watch. Even my wife who doesnt normally read my posts, rred the full review when she saw the pictures. I you have questions I will be happy to pass them on to the manufacture. kind regards Christian

Size

 
 By: JCL920CGG : April 28th, 2020-12:57
Is the version of the watch used on the marketing photos released today 40 or 42mm?

Yes ,agree.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 30th, 2020-06:16
and in fact some of the older models are being redesigned from 38/40 to 40/42 cases. Those all have the narrow bezel in the 40 mm updates. I real improvement, if you ask me.

Very impressive watch and article my friend

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : April 28th, 2020-13:04
Hope to get the chance to see it in the near future

Yes, it is really an incredible watch

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-13:22
I have to admit I have really fallen for it. Still I need to try it. But you know, once In awhile you just have a really good feeling with a watch 😄😉

One word: GENIUS

 
 By: RTO (T8W8T8) : April 28th, 2020-13:43
Another "paint" from our "Picasso" of time machines !

Thank you, my friend!

 
 By: Obeezy : April 28th, 2020-13:38
This was a thorough write-up! I love the historical references to previous versions! I appreciate the insight and perspective. Interested to hear how this version performs versus prior versions.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate that you liked it.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-15:02
Yes, it will be interesting to see how performance will be affected. Best Christian

For more RESONANCE Theory & Information, check out this previous WPS series

 
 By: cazalea : April 28th, 2020-13:39
David Walter's resonance clock (which you could order for yourself / not wrist-able though) Congratulations to David for this masterpiece and to the first customer who I trust is enjoying this clock every day. For those of you who didn't see the earlier i...  

Thank you, Mike. That’s an excellent recommendation. Highly relevant. I have some more historical material but it takes some work to brew a proper post on it.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-14:58
And just to add, that we are so lucky to have DAVID here in our community as an active member and a pleasant gentleman.

Thank you so much Christian

 
 By: Mohannad (aka Riddler) : April 28th, 2020-13:44
Amazing report and insights very thorough

Really a pleasure, Mo

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-14:40
I am really glad you enjoyed it. Makes it worthwhile 😊🙏

My pleasure 🙏😊 [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-14:39

Watchmania instagram with first live pic... [nt]

 
 By: edo.k : April 28th, 2020-14:26
No message body ...  

Thank you Christian

 
 By: GreatPilot@me.com : April 28th, 2020-14:38
Fantastic article! I have ordered the platium one, would you go 40mm or 42mm on the size? I can certainly wear either one and question why not make it 41mm and be done wit it? That being said, from a resale or desired perspective I would guess the 40mm wo... 

Hey Jim, so happy to see you. I hope you are doing well my friend.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 28th, 2020-14:44
I’m so happy to know you ordered one. Finally you are getting that pilot dial Resonance👌You definitely should go with 40. Looks much better. And I think you are right, much more attractive if you want let it go at one point. Best Christian

I agree Christian

 
 By: GreatPilot@me.com : April 29th, 2020-09:35
40mm is the way to go but wanted to get your opinion. This is the watch I’ve been waiting for and I’m very excited, I’m glad I didn’t get the 2019 version, this is sooo much better!. I appreciate you past help and remembering me being a pilot with the 24 ... 

The video is fantastic as you begin to understand all the action going on :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-13:35
Good things come to those who wait ;-) ..I am not one bit surprised that you like this watch, Jim. .. and in hindsight this is better than the 2019 I agree! You get a similar dial but what it packs under the hood is just AMAZING. Dont forget to post it wh... 

I will post pictures as soon as possible

 
 By: GreatPilot@me.com : May 7th, 2020-09:24
No delivery date yet...Jim

Very true Justin

 
 By: GreatPilot@me.com : April 29th, 2020-09:37
Personally I might like the 42mm a little better but 40mm is a great size for me also and I believe the thiner bezel will work better with the 11mm height...Jim

42mm might be better for visibility if you wanted to use it as a dual time watch if you were flying somewhere but 40mm seems more classic for this type of watch...

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 29th, 2020-09:57
It really depends on what size FP originally intended for this reference 🤷‍♂️

Journe is the stuff dreams are meade of/ as Biver talked about so many times

 
 By: Mostel : April 28th, 2020-16:39
Watches are dreams. They make you dream. They make you wish. And even if you own the one you dreamed of and wished for, yet you still wish and dream. This watch typifies that. This watch also typifies the true artist that Journe is. In this age of corpora... 

marvelous and gorgeous masterpiece ❤️

 
 By: Desmond1 : April 28th, 2020-16:44
Concerning the movement, I wonder if the use of single barrel supplying energy to two gear trains and escapements affect the independence of two supposed to be totally separated movements. And if the precision of the watch is greatly improved by the reson... 

Hi Desmont

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-06:37
those are good and valid questions. I dont think having one barrel istead of two can affect the independance of the two "seperated movements" as you say. It would not have any influence of the escapements resonating. IMO, it would be a very "academic" and... 

Thank you Christian for the always informative sharing.

 
 By: Tlph : April 28th, 2020-17:25
I think the movement is just amazeballs however! Am I the only one who doesn’t quite like the dial? I prefer the second gen dial the most but this one seems to be a bit “destructive” if I can call it that. Nevertheless I find the new perpetual extremely t... 

My pleasure, my friend :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-11:51
My favorite part is the movement - I am blown away. I do also like the dial. My feeling is the general reception of the dial is positive - but I am not surprised some are not happy with it. When you say "destructive" do you mean the aperture? I would love... 

Yes the aperture. But I think it’s just me because

 
 By: Tlph : April 29th, 2020-18:15
I’m not a fan of tourbillon with the exception of the vertical tourbillon whose dial and movement colours are the most harmonious I’ve ever seen on a Toubie!

Bravo ChristianDK, you’ve done a terrific work here

 
 By: Tyo : April 28th, 2020-18:08
I’ve read your post and find very useful information. I’ve never paid the required attention to F.P. Journe, but thanks to you over the past months this Manufacture is growing on me too. Thumbs up

Hacking?

 
 By: vuillaume : April 28th, 2020-22:29
Hello and thank you for the exhaustive post! you state that: The pulling of the button at 4 o’clock simultaneously resets both seconds. Is this in watch terms considered hacking? hacking is stopping of seconds hand, right? so this hacking or more specific... 

Simultaneous zero-reset of both seconds-hands.

 
 By: Lankysudanese : April 28th, 2020-23:28
For the sake of synchronization to an accurate timer (atomic clock etc). Journe doesn’t usually go for hacking; something about damaging the fine movements

Change to seconds hands

 
 By: vuillaume : April 29th, 2020-00:46
but it is still a change to the normal movement of the seconds hands. So I guess the question is how does FP Journe mechanically do this zero function?

If

 
 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : April 29th, 2020-05:38
You look in the smurfballs post about this watch in this FPJourne forum, you'll see a video. The video shows the mechanism if you watch it all the way through.

Dear Villaume - thank you for a great question

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-12:15
The resonance does not hack and none of Journes watches hack. Hacking is usually done by a lever that will hit the balance wheel directly and brake/hold it. If you google it you will see its a very brutal operation. Mane brands dont like to make watches h...  

Follow on

 
 By: vuillaume : April 30th, 2020-02:27
Thank you much. So the follow on question is: Is this FPJ then the only model that has a zero reset second hands function among FPJ watches? Cheers

thank you Christian very entertaining and educational for me

 
 By: Gelato Monster : April 29th, 2020-00:10
I honestly believe it is amazing. It has IMHO improves on perfection.

That was a pleasure my Monster friend :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-12:17
Yes he has brought real value to the watch.

The new Quantieme Perpetuel

 
 By: Gelato Monster : April 29th, 2020-15:44
Is also awesome. I adore it when FPJ is innovating and disrupting again

I think he almost always - or in most of his watches always try’s to add something new

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-23:15
Sometimes something Big, sometimes a small thing. It is part of his philosophy to be innovative and creative. I really love this about the brand as a whole

Very impressed.

 
 By: jmpTT : April 29th, 2020-05:33
Was trying to think of a person who would need more than a 28 hour power band of constant force. Most people who wear this watch will wind it up in the morning, just a habitual part of the dressing ritual. The physicians and first responders who are on ca... 

Yes, true.

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 29th, 2020-12:21
after 28 the watch will still be in Resonance until the 42 hours of power reserve has run out. You have a really good point about wearability. I see a lot of watches I admire but are either too thick, too large and a few times too small. Im just getting m... 

Thank you so much, Nico :-)

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 30th, 2020-06:07
It means a lot coming from you! I watched and learned from the best - you

Haha 😘 [nt]

 
 By: ChristianDK : April 30th, 2020-12:13
No message body

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 By: ChristianDK : May 19th, 2020-14:11

Christian, thank you for another great review of a fantastic Journe

 
 By: mrds : May 21st, 2020-07:37
This new iteration is a tremendous improvement over the 2019 version. I love everything about it, except I had wished for a 12/12 dial as many others already commented. But this backside.... simply delicious! I also think I like the aperture for the diffe...