F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2007
    Case No: 288-L
    Model Name: Octa Lune
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300.3, 63 jewels
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity dated December 27, 2007, product literature, cloth, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Octa movement was introduced in 2001, which was the third caliber made by F.P. Journe following the introduction of the Tourbillon Souverain and the Chronomètre à Résonance. It was the brand's first automatic mechanism designed by the brand. The Octa Réserve de Marche and the Octa Lune were the two models that were released with this module.

    Displaying a power reserve, big date and moon phase indications, 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. The moonphase on the left-hand side of the dial, offers a balance to the offset subdial displaying the hour and minute. If you look carefully, the actual moon aperture is poetically crafted in the shape of a crescent moon itself, rotated 90 degrees horizontally.

    While the earliest versions came in a 38 millimeter diameter, the next generation was available in a 40 millimeter case, such as the present watch. Displaying a rose gold movement, the watch display a pink gold case with pink gold dial, giving it a strong monochromatic appearance. It is furthermore offered as a full set with its Certificate of Authenticity dated December 27, 2007, product literature, cloth, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • 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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An extremely rare and desirable pink gold wristwatch with power reserve, moon phase, oversized date display, certificate of authenticity, and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF82,550

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

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