F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2003
    Case No: 141-03Q
    Model Name: Octa Calendrier
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300, jewelled
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Delivered with F.P. Journe Authenticity Certificate confirming the delivery of the present timepiece to Italy in 2003.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the Journe name continues to thrive with its new launches and innovative timepieces, collectors have paid their attention to the roots of the young and successful independent firm. Hailing from Journe’s earliest creations, the Octa series was first introduced in 1999 as part of the souscription series with 20 examples made for the earliest examples, which PHILLIPS had the privilege to offer the Octa Calendrier Calendrier Souscription Piece No. 1 at our Geneva Watch Auction: XIV in November 2021. While the Souscription pieces offered at auction were all cased in platinum, the present example from 2003 is cased in a rare 18K pink gold case.

    Measuring 38mm diameter in pink gold, the present example belongs to an early example of the Octa Calendrier model featuring its rare and desirable brass movement, which the firm replaced with a gold movement in 2005. Paired beautifully and tastefully with a gold dial matching the hue of the case, the main dial indicating its time and small seconds features the firm’s signature silver guilloche dial secured upon three naked screws. Featuring an annual calendar complication, a retrograde-style date is indicated via a central hand that depicts the date on a crescent featured on the edge of the dial, its day of the week indicated through an aperture above its signature and its month on the aperture below. Practical and well-designed with an asymmetrical dial layout for easier legibility to be worn under the cuffs of a suit, the caliber 1300 that enables such feature is an work of art displaying an off-centered 22K gold rotor, specific to the Octa series increasing its torque.

    PHILLIPS is delighted to offer to our collectors the present F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier from 2003 for the first time in its specific configuration cased in a 38mm diameter pink gold case and a matching gold dial with a brass movement. Offered in exceptional condition and confirmed with a F.P. Journe Authenticity Certificate, this rare piece will surely garner interest from dedicated Journe collectors globally.

  • 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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Σ1059

A very fine and rare pink gold annual calendar wristwatch with small seconds, retrograde date and brass movement

2003
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 780,000 
€45,700-91,500
$50,000-100,000

Sold for HK$1,953,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022