F.P. Journe - Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers Geneva Friday, November 8, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2009
    Case No: 617-Q
    Model Name: Octa Calendrier
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 1300.3, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum FP Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, movement further signed John R. Asprey
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box, outer packaging, Certificate confirming the watch was made specially for Mr. John R. Asprey in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of William & Son, instruction manual and cleaning cloth and extra alligator strap.
    Literature: F.P. Journe Invenit et Fecit by Jean-Pierre Grosz is dedicated to François-Paul Journe and his works

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Octa Calendrier represents yet another achievement by François-Paul Journe.

    Not only is it the world’s first wristwatch with annual calendar (meaning the date will need to be set only once a year in February), large date and a power reserve of over 120 hours but these extra features do not add to the size and thickness of the base movement! Furthermore, all indications are set via the crown doing without the extra pushers found on the case side in similar watches.

    Made between 2005 and 2014 the Octa Calendrier features a 40mm platinum case and a 22k pink gold automatic movement.

    Even though the dial features many indications, it is easy to read. Time is read via the off-centered subdials on the right hand side of the dial, whereas the calendar indications are unobtrusively indicated on the left side.

    The Journe aficionado will notice a color scheme never seen before on a watch from the Geneva based maker: a silver grey dial base with dial rings and date circle in blue.

    The explanation can be found in the watch’s Certificate where it is mentioned that this specific watch was made especially for Mr. John R. Asprey in celebration of the tenth anniversary of William & Son. The movement is also engraved John R. Asprey. In fact 3 unique versions were made, one with movement engraved William Asprey, another with no name on the movement but with rotor engraved William & Son and the present piece.

    A wonderfully elegant watch in its own right, the present Octa Calendrier is rendered even more appealing as it is made for a member of one of the most prominent families of the luxury retail world by one of the greatest contemporary watchmakers.

  • 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 unique and attractive platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date made for John Asprey

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed, movement further signed John R. Asprey

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF125,000

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Double Signed: A Celebration of the Finest Partnerships of Manufacturers and Retailers

Geneva Auction 9 November 2019