F.P. Journe - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2010
    Case No: 425-L
    Model Name: Octa Lune - Black Label
    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 Certificat de Garantie, letter confirming the watch was refurbished at F.P. Journe ateliers in August 2020 and that watch would be under warranty for 3 years, email correspondance confirming that only 6 pieces of the Octa Lune Black label were ever made, fitted box, outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Octa Lune Black Label is most certainly one of the rarest of Journe models as following email correspondence with the consignor, it has been confirmed that only 6 Octa Lune Black Label models were ever made!

    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 aperture on the left-hand side of the dial, offers a balance to the offset subdial displaying the hours and minutes. The actual moon aperture is poetically crafted in the shape of a crescent moon itself, rotated 90 degrees horizontally – a classical styling reminiscent of the creations of Breguet.

    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 example of the Octa Lune Black Label is further enhanced by its rarity. Only available at F.P. Journe boutiques to pre-existing F. P. Journe clients, the Black Label collection of watches are only encased in platinum with a black lacquer dial.

  • 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 incredibly rare platinum wristwatch with black dial, oversized date, power reserve and moonphases, warranty and presentation box, one of only 6 known

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF189,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022