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.
Ref. Octa Calendrier- Coffret Set
This highly-coveted, 38mm Coffret Set Steel F. P. Journe ‘Octa Calendrier’ watch is found in outstanding condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. The watch comes with papers from the manufacture. In 2002, the ‘Octa Calendrier’ by famed Independent François-Paul Journe won the ‘Special Jury Prize’ at the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) - the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry. This example is one of just 38 watches in steel to commemorate the discontinuation of the 38mm case size known as the Coffret Set which are prized by collectors.