F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance
20" x 30", edition of 50 // 24" x 36", edition of 10
The F.P. Journe Chronomètre à Résonance is a very magical timepiece. Resonance is a phenomenon in physics whereby two oscillating bodies in very close proximity influence and eventually synchronize. F.P. Journe built on the early resonance work of Christiaan Huygens, Antide Janvier, and Abraham-Louis Breguet to pioneer modern resonance creating the synchronicity of two oscillators. In this timepiece, the two balance wheels in proximity influence one another and beat in sympathy. Similarly, humans mirror one another. A watch dial is often considered a watch face and I wanted to play with the idea of resonance between the viewer and two different faces of resonance, to evoke feelings of their unique energy. I love F.P. Journe's aesthetic. To me, it echoes the dark and sophisticated whimsy of a Cirque du Soleil character. I played with the markings on the dial side to emphasize a flirty coquette; the hour and minute hands made to look like heavy eyelashes, a nose in the patina between the seconds' sub-dials, the word 'jou' as a playful puckered mouth, a beauty mark where the screw on the right lies, a blonde fringe in the area of the power reserve. I didn't have to do much on the movement side to emphasize a mad hatter of sorts with frenetic energy, perhaps an eccentric inventor or watchmaker. Crazy eyes where the two barrels are, a moustache between the plates, a frothy beard below.
Printed to the highest industry quality by an excellent fine art printer using fully archival Epson inkjet pigments on 100% cotton rag Epson Signature Hot Press Bright paper, hand-cut to select paper sizes.
Prints are numbered and signed.
A portion from each print is given to Pencils of Promise, helping to provide educational opportunities for a PoP student in need.