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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: Circa 2007
    Case No: 167-05C
    Model Name: Octa Chronograph
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300-2, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold F. P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by F. P. Journe Certificate of Authenticity dated 18 May, 2007, stamped Sincere Watch Limited Singapore, wooden presentation box, product literature, polish cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    François-Paul Journe is a modern watchmaker who brings technical skill and innovation to wristwatches that are classically designed but have a contemporary aesthetic. Journe’s company was established in 1999, and follows the motto “Invenit et Fecit” or “[He] invented it”, an indication the brand’s timepieces are fully designed and produced in house. F. P. Journe introduced his first wristwatch, the Tourbillon Souverain, in 1999, and shortly thereafter followed with the revolutionary Chronométre à Résonance and the Octa Automatique. Believed to have been first conceived on a napkin in 1994, these three seminal pieces were available in a 38mm case and were fitted with 18K gold dials. Since its inception, the brand has continued to bring master craftsmanship, and cutting edge movements to the market with upgrades to current movements. The caliber 1300 of the “Octa” models featured a seven day power reserve, but were advertised as a 120 hour (5 days) chronometer, since past that duration the linear energy flow needed for chronometry is not mechanically guaranteed.
    The Octa Chronograph was the world’s first automatic fly-back chronometer chronograph with oversized date window. The model was also the first Journe model to be discontinued, when it was replaced by the Centigraphe Souverain chronograph in 2007. Produced in two series, the first with the caliber 1300 with brass movement, and the second like the present model, caliber 1300.2 with 18K gold movement, is a wonderful, modern interpretation of the chronograph. The asymmetrical dial, with large time indication to the right side of the dial, is offset by the smaller 60 minute dial to the left side.

    In stunning original condition and in our view never polished, the watch is fresh to the market and remains complete with its original certificate, and presentation box. An extremely rare configuration with its 38mm rose gold case, rose gold movement, and mesmerizing pink gold dial, just 18 examples were produced according to scholarship. Over the past few years, demand for F.P. Journe’s timepieces has grown as more collectors recognize the importance of the brand’s exceptional timepieces. The present lot, having recently completed a full factory service at F.P.Journe, is a wonderful example of a rare and discontinued model, presenting an outstanding opportunity for the connoisseur.

  • 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 rare, attractive, and well-preserved pink gold fly-back chronometer chronograph wristwatch with pink gold movement, and date, with Certificate of Authenticity and presentation box

Circa 2007
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
$60,000 - 120,000 
CHF55,500-111,000
€53,200-106,000
HK$468,000-936,000

Sold for $315,000

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021