F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE Geneva Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2004
    Case No: 142-04L
    Model Name: Octa Lune
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 1300, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity
    Literature: Francois-Paul Journe and his watches are illustrated in F.P Journe, Invenit et Fecit by Jean-Pierre Gros

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the launch of his eponymous brand in 1999 François-Paul Journe has created technically extraordinary watches with immediately recognizable designs.

    The Octa collection of which this Octa Lune is a member, uses Journe’s first automatic winding caliber (the Resonance and Tourbillon models were manual). The technical feat here is the Cal 1300 movement that was designed to integrate different complications without modifying its dimensions.

    The present Octa Lune (moon in French) features Journe’s signature offset time telling functions on the right side of the dial whereas the large date, power reserve indicator (even though the movement has a seven day power reserve only the first five days or 120h have guaranteed chronometric precision) and moonphase display are placed on the left hand side of the dial.

    The Octa Lune was launched in 2003 and won the “Best Men’s Watch” award, in the same year, at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) - the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry.

    In 2004/2005 Journe decided to create a rose gold movement for its watches and increased the dimensions to 40mm, which makes the present Octa Lune in a 38mm platinum case and brass movement, an extremely limited version that was made for about a year.

    The present Octa Lune in excellent condition epitomizes Journe’s philosophy of technical expertise, design acumen and legibility and is a wonderful opportunity to own an extremely rare piece from one of horology’s greatest artisans.

  • 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 very find and rare platinum wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve and moonphases

Circa 2004
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF46,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019