In 2004, Journe
began manufacturing movements from 18-carat gold, having developed the brand sufficiently to further the manufacturing process. Interestingly, it is François-Paul Journe
's earliest brass-movement pieces that command more interest from collectors. It is estimated that only 2000 brass-movement examples were ever produced, across all lines, and were manufactured exclusively between 2001 and circa 2004. Brass-movement, F. P Journe
pieces are highly-sought after, owing to their unique placement in the brand's history and rarity. The Octa Zodiaque
is one of the only brass-movement examples housed within a 40mm case.
The Octa Zodiaque
is quintessentially an F.P Journe
, in both its design language and movement. Featuring a classical 40 mm dress watch case, it is made distinctive by F.P. Journe’s
signature flat crown with a rope-like pattern. The silver and slate grey, white gold dial is delicately textured, and displays a separate outer chapter for the month and a corresponding sign of the Zodiac. The outer circle moves each day, driven by a large date system which indicates the month and sign of the Zodiac at 12 o’clock. The words ‘
Invenit et Fecit’
are inscribed to the left the subsidiary seconds (Latin for “Invented and Made”) in classic F.P Journe
style - a nod to signing conventions of a century ago. The signature F.P. Journe
style hands form a distinct contrast to the dial. Between eight and nine o’clock is a power reserve indicator of 120 hours, with a large date aperture above. Overall, the dial layout is clean and highly legible.
While this piece is undeniably attractive, it is the movement that F.P. Journe
is famed for. Since the introduction of the first Reserve de Marche
in 2001, mechanical F. P Journe
examples can be divided into two main movement types – the manually-wound Souverain
and automatic Octa
(Latin for "eight" or "infinite"). In 2001, the Octa
debuted as the first automatic movement to deliver 120 hours of precision timekeeping through reserved-power. Each Octa
movement is designed to incorporate fully-integrated complications within the same volume. Impressively, all variations within F. P Journe
’s entire Octa
collection are identical, both in diameter and thickness.
This automatic, self-winding F.P. Journe
movement is rhodium-plated brass, with Côtes de Genève
embellishments. It features a straight-line lever escapement, and monometallic 4-arm balance with 4 timing weights, adjusted to 5 positions. It includes a self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring and an off-center bi-directional 22-carat gold guilloche rotor. The movement is engraved "Exclusive Power Reserve System" and "Precision Chronometer".
This limited edition, platinum F.P. Journe Octa Zodiaque
comes with an original F.P Journe
, black alligator strap, corresponding platinum tang buckle, and its original boxes. It’s also accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
from F.P. Journe
, which confirms the original date of sale, as December 1st, 2006.
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