F.P. Journe - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2012
    Case No: 544-ARS
    Model Name: Octa Sport Indy 500
    Material: Aluminium
    Calibre: Automatic, 1300.3, 40 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Aluminum F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Authenticity Certificate dated 16th June 2020.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In celebration of French racing driver Jean Alesi’s participation in the emblematic Indianapolis 500 Miles races, F.P. Journe devoted a limited edition of 99 pieces, the Octa Sport Indy 500, to the iconic sportsman, each individually numbered from 501 to 599. Drawing from the original Octa Sport, this model is encased in a high technology aluminium alloy often used in aeronautics. The blackened aluminium case is fitted with a black dial with the signatures of the Indy 500, Lotus and Jean Alesi, reinforcing the watchmaker’s support of motor racing.

    The present model is astoundingly light and sits comfortably on the wrist as it only weighs 53g, despite its staggering 42mm waistline. In correspondence to the lightness of the case, the automatic cal. 1300-3 within is fitted with a unidirectional rotor made of aluminium alloy with an additional tungsten segment to increase the winding speed. Assembled from 86 components, each part is finished to the highest degree as like all other F.P. Journe creations. The bridges are embellished with Côtes de Genève embellishment and the baseplate is also grained.

    Offered in excellent overall condition, the present Octa Sport Indy 500 is accompanied by an F. P. Journe signed letter confirming its authenticity and that the present example is numbered 544 (44 out of 99 pieces). Amplified with sportiness with a dash of adventure, this is the ultimate sports watch born ready for thrill and excitement.

  • 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 attractive limited edition blackened aluminium wristwatch with date, power reserve, AM/PM indication and INDY 500 logo, made to commemorate French racing driver Jean Alesi’s participation in the Indianapolis 500

Circa 2012
42 mm diameter
Case, dial movement and clasp signed

HK$240,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)