F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII Hong Kong Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2004
    Case No: 85/99-02A
    Model Name: Octa Jour/Nuit, Ruthenium Collection
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300.3, jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Delivered with a F.P. Journe Authenticity Certificate dated 7th April 2020 confirming the production of the present timepiece belonging to the Ruthenium series limited to 99 pieces.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Transcending a new wave of vibrancy in the early 2000s, F.P. Journe timepieces have flourished over the years and moreover in recent times. The Octa collection was one of the firm’s earliest flagship models with all timepieces from the line powered by an –in-house self-winding movement. In 2003, the firm released the rare and coveted Octa Jour et Nuit limited to 99 pieces made exclusively for the Ruthenium collection. It is important to note that the Jour et Nuit was the only model from the Ruthenium collection that was not modified from an existing Journe watch.

    One of the earliest limited edition series by the firm, the Ruthenium series is simply stellar. With a specific trait, all watches from the collection are fitted with a dial composed of the inert metal as well as its brass movement coated with Ruthenium displayed through a sapphire caseback. Deriving from the platinum family, Ruthenium has an extreme hardness that is robust and highly insensitive to oxidation. Seldom implemented on timepieces, the rare metal is traditionally used in electronics or aerospace engineering making the Ruthenium collection a rare horological treat. While its natural attributes are impressive, the sheen of the metal is unique and appealing on its own. With a gunmetal gray tone, the sandblasted texture of the metal exudes a raw vibe. Combined with the traditional aesthetics of the design of the timepiece, it can only be described as the perfect fusion.

    Encased in a 40mm diameter platinum case, the iconic asymmetrical dial layout indicating the date, power reserve, moon phases and small seconds are emphatically signature Journe. Numbered 85 of a limited edition of 99 pieces, the present example is coincidentally produced right before another example recently featured at our Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII (lot 1046), which was numbered 86. Very well-preserved, and carefully worn by its previous owner, the present example delivered with a F.P. Journe Authenticity Certificate will surely garner much interest from the ever-growing F.P. Journe community of collectors.

  • 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 and rare limited edition platinum wristwatch with small seconds, date, moon phases, power reserve indication and ruthenium dial, numbered 85 of a limited edition of 99 pieces

40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$1,638,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021