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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2004
    Reference No: Q
    Case No: 46/99-04Q
    Model Name: Octa Calandrier
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by F.P. Journe Certificate of Origin, fitted presentation box, product literature, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    For those entrenched in the horological world of the 21st century, it is difficult to imagine an existence without F.P. Journe. François-Paul Journe introduced his first wristwatch, the Tourbillon Souverain, in 1999, and shortly thereafter followed with the revolutionary Chronométre à Résonance and the Octa Automatique. The Octa began as one watch but with the mindset that Journe was in fact building the base of an entire collection – which indeed happened. Before being discontinued, the Octa Automatique formed the basis of eight separate models, each with different complications.

    This particular Octa is in fact, an Octa Calandrier from Journe’s Ruthenium collection. It incorporates an automatic annual calendar complication in a 40mm platinum case, with ruthenium coated dial and movement plate – a first for the brand. According to the brand’s website, it is the first wristwatch to combine the annual calendar function with both an oversized date. Journe created the Ruthenium collection between the move from brass movements to 18K pink gold movements, and aside from the Souscription pieces, they are some of the most highly coveted, early examples. The Ruthenium collection comprises five models: the Octa Jour/Nuit (Night/Day), the Octa Calandrier (the present watch), the Octa Chronographe, the Chronomètre à Résonance, and the Tourbillon Souveraine. Each model was released in only 99 examples between 2003 and 2004. Stylistically, the Ruthenium collection examples close the door on the early brass movement pieces, with a larger case diameter and the darker hue of the ruthenium dials and movements, and open the door to the more modern iterations that have drawn admirers of Journe’s craft year after year.

    The present number 46 of 99 is fresh-to-the-market and offered in pristine overall condition. The steely gray dial contrasts beautifully with the silver guilloché disc for hours and minutes, and the annual calendar function is elegantly laid out. Such a timepiece is sure to satisfy the collecting thirst of the most astute Journe aficionados.

  • 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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Ref. Q
A very rare and exceptional platinum annual calendar wristwatch with ruthenium dial and ruthenium-coated movement, with original box and certificate

2004
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$50,000 - 100,000 
CHF45,000-90,000
€42,100-84,200
HK$388,000-775,000

Sold for $119,700

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