F. P. Journe
36 – 38mm
F. P. Journe Octa Lune Brass
This brass 38mm platinum F. P. Journe Octa Lune was originally introduced in 2003 and features a highly coveted brass movement, calibre 1300. This particular example was amongst the first 75 pieces to leave the manufacture, as confirmed by the 07X-03L serial number. Interestingly, in 2003 the Octa Lune was awarded the prestigious Favorite Men’s Watch award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
At the time platinum cases could have one of three dial configurations yellow, pink or white gold. This combination of a platinum case paired with the shimmery textured 18k white gold dial is quintessentially F. P. Journe. The visible working screws found across the dial were once described by some as unfinished, today this design cue is ever-present in F. P. Journe’s offering and forms part of the brand’s design language.
This particular example has aged well and displays no signs of excessive patina. Despite possessing similarities to the Réserve de Marche, the Octa Lune uses a lot more of the dial. The placement of the ‘Invenit et Fecit – F. P. Journe’ is moved to the upper sector of the dial between 9 – 12 o’clock, allowing for the focus to remain on the phase de lune, power reserve, and sub-dial that displays the time.
The distinction between the manually wound and automatic movements can be divided into the following, Octa (automatic) and Souverain (manually wound). The Octa collection was introduced in 2001 with the introduction of the Octa Reserve de Marche, the caliber 1300 is the backbone of the entire automatic collection (till date). Unlike the marine chronometers the Octa collection, when fully wound, the power reserve reads “120” and will gradually display how many hours of power are left. Naturally, the movement is François-Paul’s unique creation, the ingenuity of the base caliber 1300, allowed him to integrate different complications within the movement whilst still retaining the proportions of the most ‘basic’ models.
This, Octa Lune is fitted with caliber 1300, when fully wound, the Octa Lune delivers chronometric precision for 120 hours. The meter-long mainspring supplies an average 850gr of torque, limiting the loss in balance amplitude to 25% over the five-day period. Beyond that time, the watch will continue to go for another day or two, but the amplitude-loss no longer guarantees precision timekeeping.
What makes this particular example all the more special is the highly coveted brass movement which was only in production from 1999-2003, subsequently, the 38mm cases were also phased out in 2015. From our knowledge, there are only a handful of such examples and we are proud to offer such an example.
This remarkable, F. P. Journe Octa Lune is accompanied with its original warranty card, original user manual, supporting paperwork, and original box.
Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Octa Lune
Movement: Caliber 1300, brass
Case Diameter: 38mm
Year: 2003 (sold)
Box & Papers: Full Set.
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