The new F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance or the old one?

May 03, 2019,12:11 PM

Hi all, I have an opportunity to purchase the new Journe Resonance with the 24 hour dial at 9 o’clock.  I have read all I can about the movement and how resonance works.  The watch has been in production for 18 years and is being discontinued in 2020 with a last run for 2019 bringing back the 24 hour dial.  After that there will be a new watch with a new movement.  My question is regarding buying the limited 2019 model, buying an older model at much less or waiting for the new 2020 version, of course knowing no one has a crystal ball about the 2020 version.  FYI I’m leaning towards the 6N Red Gold on a bracelet so if there are opinions about the FPJ bracelets please voice them as well

I don’t know much about this watch except what I‘ve read today and need your help and wisdom to make the correct decision for my collection.  Will the last year (2019) be the one that is revered?  Would buying a used one that is really the same watch be just as good and possibly go up in value and them of course your opinions about possibilities for the new 2020 model.  Thanks in advance for your help...Jim

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Hmm.. there is also a black label 24hr version correct?

 By: Teacher Yang : May 3rd, 2019-13:09
Do you like black..? It really depend whether you like the 24hr dial or not. If not, just wait till new version kick in and compare the two model and see which one you like. If you like the 2019 version better than the 2020 then you can always try to get ... 

Thanks Teacher

 By: : May 3rd, 2019-18:27
I cannot find a Black label version of the 2019 model and don’t think I would want it...JIm

Teacher you are correct

 By: : May 4th, 2019-09:20
There is a black label version I found, see below, it is beautiful but I want the RG on the braclet...JIm ...  

This black label just came out for 2019.. Hmm.. Jay made a good point for you

 By: Teacher Yang : May 4th, 2019-20:09
Bracelet is rare and i think you like bracelet instead of leather

No FPJ for me yet but i realy like the 2019 model a lot.

 By: Watchonthewrist : May 3rd, 2019-13:11
Especially on a bracelet its a stunner imho . So i think you cant go wrong with a new or old model

This would be the first RG bracelet

 By: : May 3rd, 2019-18:29
I’ve ever owned, I mostly think they are to ostentatious, this one is very thin and not so much a statement but seems elegant...Jim

Yes to old versions (but not the "gas meter dial version")

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : May 3rd, 2019-16:49
Yes to the 2019 version. The bracelet is well made, comfortable, and beautiful in a masculine way. Overall: Yes.

Thank you spangles...Jim [nt]

 By: : May 3rd, 2019-18:30

So now fans call it "gas meter"..?

 By: Teacher Yang : May 4th, 2019-20:10

I'm obviously not a fan of that version

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : May 4th, 2019-20:36
But if a purist has one, then I will of course be respectful as it's a great watch and we are a community.

I prefer the old version too because maybe i was from the early era. Maybe its like a first love feel

 By: Teacher Yang : May 5th, 2019-03:00
There is nothing wrong preferring the new version to the old version. As time goes by, the new version look nicer to me too. Its just how you look at it. At first, i dont really like the look of centigraphe but as time goes by.. it looks better to me. A s... 

I have a feeling you don't know what I'm referring to.

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : May 5th, 2019-17:42
There are at least 3 variants of the subdials. Your homework is to identify them.

Personally I do not like this 2019 dial. Here’s why:

 By: Jay (Eire) : May 3rd, 2019-17:08
Firstly, this was never the intended usage for this watch. It was not a two time zone, that was never the point and Journe himself I understand was somewhat adamant about that. And while the maker is obviously entitled to revisit this with this 2019 dial,... 

I completely understand your concern

 By: : May 3rd, 2019-18:31
As the watch was originally supposed to have both dials sync. Personally I like the two time zones but it goes away from it’s original intent...Jim

One thing for sure Jim, if you go for this version on the bracelet then..

 By: Jay (Eire) : May 4th, 2019-04:41 surely will have what is a pretty rare watch in the Resonance line up. I’ve seen some pictures of the black dial and I do think that it’s the most attractive of all.

You hav a good point Jay

 By: : May 4th, 2019-08:46
In fact I only find 9-10 of the Resonance FPJ for sale, non of them on bracelets. I haen’t been able to find pricing on the bracelet only ricing on a strap and I fear it will be a big premium, I will ask the boutique today...Jim

Thanks Amanico [nt]

 By: : May 4th, 2019-09:22

Agreed but

 By: : May 4th, 2019-08:51
I don’t find one on a bracelet used and the last run of 2019 may have it’s upside. I love the functionality but the the 24 Timezone is a function I use often. Good choices to have...Jim

personally the old version dial sings to me....

 By: maverickmahesh : May 3rd, 2019-23:01
looking at 2 different scheme of dial gives a odd feel towards it. Best, mahesh.,

I would personally go with the original dial version

 By: cmmnsens : May 6th, 2019-07:55
But if I were going with a 2019 version, I would go with the Black Label as first choice. In your case, since it seems like you are keen on the RG version with bracelet - the only tweak I would do is to switch the dial to WG. I think the contrast will be ...  

Great idea,

 By: : May 6th, 2019-14:42
I will ask about changing the dial...Jim

Great watch

 By: ChristianDK : May 6th, 2019-10:56
Dear Jim Apologies for my belated reply. There has already been made a lot of good points, so I can only add very little. My eyes had to get used to the new dial (as is often the case) but I really like it, the more I see it. I have the old symmetric vers...  

Thanks Christian

 By: : May 6th, 2019-14:41
Great interview with Mr. Journe and very helpful advice...Jim

I really like this version.

 By: Horo_Traveler : May 9th, 2019-17:38
As a matter of fact, I’ve decided to purchase it. There’s a lot of controversy about exactly how the resonance principle works, but I borrowed a friends watch and can tell you it just works. I wore it for a few weeks and the timekeeping is spot on. More i... 

Very nice response from you Horo_Traveler !

 By: Teacher Yang : May 9th, 2019-17:48
Looking forward to your review ! 🤗

That makes two of us Horo

 By: : May 20th, 2019-17:38
That really like this watch! Let us know when you get yours...Jim

I’m so happy to read your post

 By: ChristianDK : May 20th, 2019-22:12
And I fully concur. In my experience, what will bring it out of sync is usually a small shock. I’m left handed and I was hammering some food out of a tin with my hand. I noticed the seconds hand fell a bit out of sync. However the two balances will slowly... 

Thank you.

 By: Horo_Traveler : May 21st, 2019-10:28
It is posts by you and others that drew my attention to the Resonance to begin with! I'll write a review after I have had an opportunity to experience the watch for a couple of months.