F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold automatic flyback chronograph wristwatch with 18K pink gold movement, date and certificate
Many of the watches offered for sale in this catal… Read more Lots 113 - 135: The Property of an Important Private European Collector The collection of 23 wristwatches was compiled by an important private European collector over a period of 20 years. It comprises rare timepieces signed by some of the world’s most celebrated manufacturers including Cartier, F.P. Journe, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin, made between the 1920s and recent years and prone to please the heart of collectors and watch aficionados alike. The highlights include among others a Cartier single button “tortue à pattes” chronograph from the late 1920s, one of only two Vacheron Constantin ref. 92900 chronographs in platinum ever made, a Rolex ref. 3525 chronograph in steel with salmon dial, one of only two known white gold examples of Patek Philippe’s legendary ref. 130, and last but not least an example of the firm’s iconic perpetual calendar ref. 3448 in white gold without the moon indication, nicknamed the “senza luna”. F.P. JOURNELots 113 - 115 are attractive examples from the workshop of one of the most acclaimed contemporary independent watchmakers: F. P. Journe.François-Paul Journe was born in Marseille in 1957. He graduated from the Paris School of Watchmaking in 1976 and immediately joined forces with his uncle, a noted restorer of antique timepieces. Before creating his own complete line of wristwatches, Journe restored some of the world’s most important historical timepieces, devised and built unique pocket watches to order and designed and made complications for prestigious watch brands. In 1996, Journe established a workshop in Geneva, designing and making watch mechanisms for other brands. Three years later, in 1999, he launched his own watches under the label “F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit”
F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold automatic flyback chronograph wristwatch with 18K pink gold movement, date and certificate

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, INVENIT ET FECIT, OCTA CHRONO MODEL, CASE NO. 231-04C, CIRCA 2006

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F.P. Journe. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold automatic flyback chronograph wristwatch with 18K pink gold movement, date and certificate
Signed F.P. Journe, Invenit et fecit, Octa Chrono model, case no. 231-04C, circa 2006
Movement: 18K pink gold cal. 1300-2, automatic, 22K gold rotor, signed
Dial: 18K gold and silver guilloché, signed
Case: engraved glazed display back secured by six screws, two chronograph buttons in the band, signed, 38 mm. diam.
With: F.P. Journe Certificate of Origin
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Lot Essay

This extremely attractive Octa Chrono is an example of the “second series” with 18K pink gold movement. This version is rarely seen at auction and is particularly appealing and pleasing to the eye.

The Octa Chrono was in production between 2005 and 2008 and was the first flyback chronograph with large date offering a power reserve of 120 hours.

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