F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2002
    Case No: 35/99-02C
    Model Name: Octa Chronographe
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificat confirming the present watch is part of a limited series of 99 pieces, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in the beginning of F.P. Journe's career, the Octa Chronographe is one of the manufacture's rarest models. At the time of launch, it was the very first wristwatch chronograph with automatic movement to feature a large date display and a fly-back chronograph with a 120-hour power reserve. At the time of creation, Journe wanted to create a base movement, with a 120 hour power reserve (a world record for a wristwatch at the time) into which could be integrated different complications without modifying the dimensions of the movement.

    Impressive looking, the present watch is part of a 99 piece series that F.P. Journe created in 2002 where the movement and dial were coated in ruthenium. At the time, the model was made in a 38 millimeter case. The present model was the first time Journe housed his chronograph in a 40mm diameter case.

  • 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 highly rare and attractive limited edition platinum chronograph wristwatch with ruthenium coated movement, certificate and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF90,000 - 180,000 

Sold for CHF340,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022