F.P. Journe - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: F.P. Journe
    Year: 2002
    Reference No: No. 58/99-02A
    Model Name: Octa Automatique Jour et Nuit Ruthenium
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1300, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and platinum F.P. Journe deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    When F. P. Journe decided to switch to an entirely 18K pink gold movement – an industry first - the 99 final pieces of the five Journe calibres in production were coated in ruthenium, an element known for its extreme hardness and chemical inertia. The same process was applied to the dials as well, and thus the "Ruthenium Series" were born.

    The five watches that are part of the collection, beyond this model, are the Tourbillon Souverain, the Chronomètre à Résonance, the Octa Calendrier and the Octa Chronograph. All of these models are ruthenium coated counterparts to their brass peers. The present Octa Réserve de Marche Jour et Nuit model has however a different story to tell. It is the only model from the Ruthenium Series which is unique, without a brass movement counterpart. The cal. 1300, which powers it, is also present in the Octa Réserve de Marche, but without the day/night indicator: a detail present exclusively on the Ruthenium Series. It is unknown why Mr. Journe decided to upgrade exclusively cal. 1300, leaving the other four untouched. What is certain is the fact that this is the only F.P. Journe piece that is singular to the Ruthenium Series, therefore enormously amplifying the importance and collectability of this watch.

    Enhancing its desirability, it is preserved in excellent condition with its original accessories, and numbered 58 of the limited edition of 99 pieces.

  • 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. No. 58/99-02A
An innovative and attractive limited edition platinum wristwatch with ruthenium dial and movement, day/night indicator, date, guarantee, and presentation box

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $201,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022