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: Circa 2006
    Case No: 231-Q
    Model Name: Octa Calendrier
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300-2, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an undated F.P. Journe Certificate stamped Sincere Fine Watches, instruction manual, service invoice, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the very first timepieces from F.P. Journe are mostly referred to the Tourbillon Souverain and the Resonance, it is around the same time where Journe also introduced the Octa Calendrier, being the first self-winding wristwatch by the firm. Featuring an annual calendar complication with its signature asymmetric dial with two windows for day and month indication the date is indicated via retrograde style with a central hand. While earliest examples of the model featured a brass movement, later examples from circa 2005 onwards featured 18K gold movements with a 5-day power reserve.

    The Octa Calendrier was first serially released in 2002 and is the third Octa model released by the firm after the Reserve du Marche in 2001 and the Octa Chronographe in 2002 as well. All Octa pieces are powered by the same cal. 1300 with individual modules for its complications. Requested by his clients to create a self-winding wristwatch, he conceived a slim self-winding movement that was enabled to incorporate various complications without tarnishing the thickness of the case and were all housed under the same Octa case. With a long power reserve, the barrel spring measures 1000mm long ensuring a reserve of 120 hours up to chronometric standards. Calendrier indicates the date by the large central hand and it advances automatically for the months with 29, 30 and 31 days. In non-leap years (three years out of four) the date should be advanced manually from the 28th to the 29th of February by turning the crown. The date then passes automatically from February 29th to March 1st.

    The present example F.P. Journe Octa Calendrier in pink gold from circa 2006 with a 38mm diameter case belongs to an extremely rare variant featuring a black mother-of-pearl dial launched as a limited edition of 10 pieces in 2005 for Singaporean retailer Sincere Fine Watches. Launched together was 10 examples of Tourbillon Souverain and 10 examples of the Resonance all cased in pink gold with a black mother-of-pearl dial. The present example is the second to be offered at a PHILLIPS auction and is complete with its full set of accessories and was just recently overhauled by F.P. Journe with no signs of polishing.

  • 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 very fine, impressive and rare limited edition pink gold annual calendar wristwatch with small seconds, retrograde date, black mother-of-pearl dial, certificate and fitted presentation box, made for Sincere Fine Watches

Circa 2006
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$470,000 - 935,000 
€57,500-114,000
$60,300-120,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022