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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2007
    Case No: No. 002-AR
    Model Name: Octa Automatique Reserve
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300.3, 30 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum F.P. Journe pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Montres Journe warranty dated 2 January 2007, polishing cloth, instruction manual, additional strap, inner fitted presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following the exceptional sale of the Chronomètre Souverain No. 001 offered at the Geneva Watch Auction XIII, Phillips New York was delighted to unearth this spectacular example of the Octa Automatique No. 002 in platinum, in beautiful and unpolished condition, complete with original warranty and presentation box.

    The Octa collection was first launched in 2001, making it one of the brand's very first serially produced models. However, after enjoying a much-appreciated response from enthusiasts and collectors, Francois Paul Journe decided to enhance the functionality of the Octa by introducing the improved caliber 1300.3 which requires less movement from the wearer to keep the watch wound. This came after Journe observed a friend’s Octa not being wound because of his sedentary lifestyle. Featured in the case is an immediately noticeable 22K gold rotor generating momentum to power the caliber, but with a unidirectional ball-bearing system allowing maximum harnessing of the movement of the wearer. The in-house movement is with no doubt the most competitive advantage that the manufacture holds. The precise engineering and delicate craftsmanship required to execute to the high standard of F.P. Journe is most definitely admired by even the most discerneing individuals in the industry, but also to be admired is his commitment to listening and incorporating the feedback of his clients. The new Octa Automatique Rèserve had central hour and minute hands as well, instead of the offset hour and minute display of the previous Octa Reserve de Marche.

    With a warranty dated from the second day of January 2007, the first year of the release of the Octa Automatique Reserve, this exemplary piece of Journe history marked a new chapter in the evolution of the brand. A more refined, efficient, and cohesive brand that still retained the early design cues of the previous iterations. This is a truly rare opportunity to seize an important part of the crystallization of F.P. Journe as a modern day independent juggernaut.

  • 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 extremely early and well-preserved platinum wristwatch with date, power reserve indication, small seconds, certificate, and presentation box, bearing serial number 002

2007
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$20,000 - 40,000 
CHF18,700-37,300
€17,800-35,600
HK$156,000-312,000

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021