F.P. Journe crafted the fine, Chronomètre à Résonance twenty years ago, although it looks like a well-preserved 1920s vintage timepiece. It may have long been their most well known model, for its complex and sophisticated design. It’s the watch that merits celebrations, so Journe is releasing two Chronomètre flavors for 2020 and they’ve been upgraded to a brand-new 1520 caliber movement.
The new “flavors” are part of why this isn’t a watch that you casually pick up at the store. The movement was made of 18 karat rose gold inside both the platinum and the rose gold versions and the mechanical, manually wound watch has a power reserve of 42 hours, tracked by a small dial at the top of the face.
Journe also tinkered with more than the caliber, reducing internal work from a doubled to a single mainspring barrel. Time is displayed in dials for 12 and 24-hour increments with 60-second subdials.
See tech specs from the manufacturer below.
CHRONOMÈTRE À RÉSONANCE, Calibre 1520
18K rose Gold
31 turns of crown
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
The Chronomètre à Résonance will be available in two sizes as well, 40 and 42mm. It will be available from F.P. Journe retail outlets in the summer of 2020.