F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2005
    Case No: 666-A
    Model Name: Octa Réserve de Marche
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity card stamped by F.P. Journe boutique in Paris, fitted box and outer packaging.
    Literature: F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit by Jean-Pierre Grosz is dedicated to Journe and his oeuvre.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Octa Reserve de Marche is an ultra rare example as it features a pink gold movement housed in a 38mm case as opposed to the habitual 40mm case.

    The Octa Réserve de Marche is part of Journe’s founding models along with his signature Chronomètre à Resonance and Tourbillon Souverain.

    Journe’s objective with the automatic caliber 1300 was to offer a movement with 5-day power reserve in which he could add extra complications without modifying its size which would remain 30mm in diameter and 5.5mm thick.

    A precision chronometer is indicated on the movement’s engraved bridge - it was the first self-winding movement to provide 120 hours of power reserve and constant precision.

    The Octa Réserve de Marche features all of the Journe signature elements that collectors have come to love, a gold dial with offset time indication on the right, a power reserve indicator covering a large part of the left section of the dial and a large date. Highly legible and balanced, the design aesthetic is pure F. P. Journe.

    The Octa Réserve de Marche was made between 2001 and 2005 in a 38mm case. Whereas models made between 2001 and 2004 had brass movements, the later versions had pink gold calibers. The present Octa Réserve de Marche in pink gold is part of the ultra rare examples with a 38mm case but with a pink gold movement.

    With a substantial surge in demand for F.P. Journe timepieces today, this is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a discontinued example of one of the most iconic models manufactured by Journe.

  • Artist Biography

    F.P. Journe

    Swiss • 1999

    Founded by watchmaker François-Paul Journe in 1999, the F.P. Journe brand is relatively young, but already is as highly regarded by collectors as many distinguished manufacturers with centuries-old heritage. In the minds of the world's savviest collectors, Journe is producing some of the finest wristwatches the market has ever seen. Mastering his craft from restoring historical timepieces, he was the first to create a wristwatch incorporating two escapements that benefit from the phenomenon of resonance — the Chronomètre à Résonance.

    Key models include the Résonance, tourbillon wristwatches incorporating a remontoir and the limited edition Vagabondage series. Especially sought-after are his earliest "souscription" watches, made in 1999.

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A rare, early and attractive pink gold wristwatch with eccentric time display, large date aperture, power reserve, certificate of authenticity and box

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF100,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022