F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX

SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, OCTA CHRONOGRAPHE RUTHENIUM MODEL , NO. 63/99-02C, CIRCA 2004

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F.P. JOURNE. A UNIQUE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, CERTIFICATE AND BOX
SIGNED F.P. JOURNE, OCTA CHRONOGRAPHE RUTHENIUM MODEL , NO. 63/99-02C, CIRCA 2004
Movement: Ruthenium-coated brass, automatic, the rotor engraved “From Michael to **** (the present owner’s name), Merry Christmas, 2004”, further engraved with the Ferrari prancing horse emblem, facsimile signature and 5 world victory symbols
Dial: Ruthenium on gold and whitened guilloché silver, personalized with the present owner’s initials “J.T”
Case: 40 mm. diam.
With: 18k white gold F.P. Journe deployant clasp, Certificate of Guarantee dated 2004, stainless steel F.P. Journe buckle, magnifying glass, polishing cloth, spring bar, presentation box and outer packaging
Remark: Ruthenium Octa Chronograph with personalized dial and movement, part of the set of five F.P. Journe ruthenium models numbered 63/99, a gift from Michael Schumacher to the present owner
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This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.

A historic and very personal piece of Formula 1 memorabilia, this Ruthenium Octa Chronographe is number 63 of only 99 pieces made between 2001 and 2003. One of the set of 5 watches of F.P. Journe’s ‘Ruthenium Collection’, each numbered 63/99, this Octa Chronographe not only uniquely bears the initials of the present owner “J.T” on the dial but also a personal gift dedication on the movement rotor from Michael Schumacher.

The name ‘Octa’ was given as a prefix to all F.P. Journe’s automatic watches because in Latin it means ‘eight’ and the figure ‘8’ on its side signifies the concept of limitlessness or infinity. This particular Octa Chronographe was specially commissioned from F.P. Journe by former World Champion racing driver Michael Schumacher to the present owner. The lustrous ruthenium-coated gold dial has been personalized with the initials of the present owner and exceptionally, the movement’s rotor has been specially engraved with a personal gift dedication and additionally with Ferrari’s emblem and symbols representing the 5 World Championship victories for Schumacher and Ferrari.

A prize catch for enthusiasts of both F.P. Journe and Formula 1, this rare and resplendent Ruthenium Octa Chronographe provides collectors with not only the opportunity to obtain one of F.P. Journe’s rare Ruthenium Collection models but to also own a unique example with incredible provenance to one of the world’s greatest ever Formula 1 Champions.

Octa Chronographe
The Octa Chronographe is one of the rarest and most intriguing of François-Paul Journe’s early series wristwatches with only 313 examples ever made across all production. The present watch as part of the ‘Ruthenium Collection’ is particularly rare as part of the early ‘brass movement’ era watches and is hardly ever seen at auction. Technically brilliant, the Octa Chronographe uses the same caliber 1300 as other Octa models but is fitted with an integrated stopwatch mechanism on the dial plate. This allowed the Chronographe to be the same height as other Octa models, a quite remarkable achievement.

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