F. P. Journe
F. P. Journe Octa Sport ARS
After having laid the foundations of both core collections, Souverain and Octa, F. P. Journe decided to gradually present their version of a Sports Collection. In 2011, 10 years after the brand was founded, the first sports piece, the Centigraphe Sport, was introduced to the market. Naturally, this was not an ordinary revamp of the original Centigraphe Souverain, this marked the first time the brand used a 42mm case paired with a full aluminum movement. To mark the launch of this new collection and reference the first Centigraphe Sport bearing serial Number 001 was donated to raise funds in relief aid to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. On the 31st of May 2011, the stated piece sold for $465’170 close to ten times its original estimate.
Shortly after the introduction of the Centigraphe Sport, the brand released the all Aluminium Automatic Reserve Sport (ARS), which marks the second piece attributed to the lineSport. According to F. P. Journe the aluminum alloy is predominantly used in aeronautics rather than horology. The use of aluminum throughout the entire piece is rather interesting, this ultimately allowed for lightness and absolute comfort, weighing only 53 grams with the full bracelet.
From our understanding the sports collection was inspired by an important collector, aficionado of F.P. Journe watches, who committed himself to numerous marathon and triathlon competitions and wished to have an ultra-light sports watch, coupled with a movement of authentic high horology. Originally introduced in 2011, the lineSport, took the watch community by surprise. The ever-elegant Souverain and Octa collections formed part of the F. P. Journe DNA, the lineSport may have appeared to be out of place at that given point in time. Since then, the lineSport has evolved and is now instantly recognizable similar to both the Souverain and Octa collections.
This 42mm Automatic Reserve Sport (ARS), F. P. Journe was originally introduced in 2012 and remained in production until 2014. The ARS was the first Automatic movement to be introduced to the lineSport. The overall comfort of the watch is achieved by the rather well-proportioned case, measuring 11.60mm high and 42mm in diameter. Oversized cases tend to be the ongoing trend in sport watches, F. P. Journe managed to stay true to his design principles and essentially created an elegant sports watch. With functionality in mind, the rubber inserts found on the side profiles of the case are used to protect the watch from any shocks or scratches, just like the bumper of vintage cars. The modestly sized rubber crown retains the classic rope-like pattern found on all of F. P. Journe’s pieces.
The aluminum dial is matte-finished in contrasting dark grey, with classic F. P. Journe numerals. The sapphire second dial, found at 6 o’clock, is fixed by a Titanium circle, screws on the Aluminium dial. The bell-shaped iconic design of the second dial is a nod to the original Octa Reserve de Marche. At the 9 o’clock marker the kidney-shaped day-night indicator found. The power reserve found in between the 10 and 11 o’clock markers is depicted via red and white lacquered paint, when fully wound the watch will remain on the thicker part of the white line. As the power dwindles the power reserve indicator will creep towards the red zone, similar to a petrol gauge. The large date indicator found between the 1 and 2 o’clock marker is a patented system and allows for ultimate legibility. The dial also consists of 16 Superluminova pieces, 14 for the hour markers and two for the hands.
The lineSport marked the first time F. P. Journe created an entire calibre out of aluminum. The use of aluminum for a base metal of a calibre provides a fair amount of difficulty. As a result, F. P. Journe successfully treated the aluminium in order to make it scratch-resistant and give it anti-corrosive and anti-allergic properties. The treatment also gave the movement a unique darkish-grey colour, despite the difficulties, the trusted calibre 1300.3 was used to create the ARS. The movement is finished to traditional standards set by F. P. Journe, the usual circular Côtes de Genève and polished screw heads found throughout the movement.
The automatic calibre 1300.3 is identical to those found within the Octa collection apart from the metal used. The 120-hour power reserve is achieved through a rather unique mainspring, that was developed for the original Octa Automatic. Usually, the distinction between the manually wound and automatic movements can be divided into the following, Octa (automatic) and Souverain (manually wound), however, the collection sport is not differentiated as such. The lineSport is differentiated by its complication, which is then sub categorised between either the Souverain or Octa Collection.
This F. P. Journe Automatic Reserve Sport Aluminium comes with its original inner and outter box and its original warranty card. The newly fitted rubber strap has not been cut.
Brand: F.P. Journe
Model: Octas – Automatique Reserve de Marche
Movement: Calibre 13003, aluminum
Case Diameter: 42mm
Box & Papers: Full Set.