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

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2018
    Case No: 312-LN
    Model Name: Octa Lune
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300.3, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe warranty card stamped William and Son Ltd, instruction manual, inner and outer presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Octa movement was introduced in 2001, making it François-Paul Journe's third ever caliber after the Tourbillon Souverain and the Chronomètre à Résonance. It was also the brand's first automatic mechanism, which would go on to power a variety of mechanically complicated timepieces. The Octa Réserve de Marche and the Octa Lune were the first two models to be introduced, and they marked the company's first foray into automatic watches.

    F.P. Journe released the Octa Lune two years after the movement was first designed, and it was produced between 2003 and 2014. The movements were manufactured of brass for the first two years before switching to pink gold. Except for the dial texture and colors, the overall layout remained the same over this time. The Octa Lune Nouvelle, like the present example, replaced the Octa Lune line in 2015, featuring a 40mm case size, a tilted moonphase, engraved numerals, and a variety of additional updates.

    Caliber 1300.2 was used in the Octa Series, before being updated to cal. 1300.3, denoting the third version of the movement. Cal. 1300.3 introduced a new ball-bearing mechanism to boost winding efficiency and marked the transition from bi-directional to uni-directional winding. The revised Cal. 1300.3, which is crafted of 18 carat pink gold with Côtes de Genève decorations, powers this Octa Lune. It has a monometallic 4-arm balance with four timing weights that can be adjusted to five positions, as well as a straight-line lever escapement. 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 interesting and fine timepiece 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 fine and rare platinum wristwatch with oversized date, power reserve and moonphases, warranty and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF126,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022