View full screen - View 1 of Lot 56. 'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier Platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, 5-day power reserve and brass movement Circa 2003 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier」鉑金年曆腕錶備逆跳日期顯示、5日動力儲存及黃銅機芯,年份約2003.
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F.P. Journe

'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier Platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, 5-day power reserve and brass movement Circa 2003 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier」鉑金年曆腕錶備逆跳日期顯示、5日動力儲存及黃銅機芯,年份約2003

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 CHF

Property of the original Swiss owner

F.P. Journe

F.P. Journe

'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier Platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, 5-day power reserve and brass movement Circa 2003 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier」鉑金年曆腕錶備逆跳日期顯示、5日動力儲存及黃銅機芯,年份約2003

'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier Platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, 5-day power reserve and brass movement Circa 2003 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier」鉑金年曆腕錶備逆跳日期顯示、5日動力儲存及黃銅機芯,年份約2003

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 CHF

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Property of the original Swiss owner

F.P. Journe

'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier

Platinum annual calendar wristwatch with retrograde date, 5-day power reserve and brass movement

Circa 2003

F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier」鉑金年曆腕錶備逆跳日期顯示、5日動力儲存及黃銅機芯,年份約2003


Dial: yellow gold

Calibre: cal. 1300 automatic, 30 jewels

Case: platinum, sapphire crystal display back secured by 6 screws

Case number: 037-03Q

Closure: F.P. Journe crocodile strap and platinum buckle

Dimensions: 38 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: F.P. Journe warranty card, Certificate of Authenticity, instruction manual, polishing cloth and wooden presentation case with outer packaging

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the calendar advancing.

CASE: in very attractive and collectible condition with beautiful proportions, razor-sharp lugs and crisp engravings on the back. There is wear visible with the naked eye, such as scratches and fine dings to the bezel, bands and lugs.

DIAL: in great condition. There are minute surface blemishes visible when very closely examining the dial.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

When it comes to collecting F.P. Journe, the present lot ticks all the boxes for collectors. The provenance is impeccable, having been bought in July 2003 at Mezger in Basel, Switzerland, by the Swiss collector and sole owner of the watch who is now offering it for the first time at auction. Its condition is exactly what collectors are looking for with wonderful proportions and razor-sharp lugs, as the watch never received any servicing. The most important factors, rarity and collectability, are checked off thanks to the early brass movement and low case number which are revealed on the back when turning the watch around.

F.P. Journe was established in 1999 and during the first few years of existence, the movements were made of brass. Early production figures were low and research estimates an overall production of only around 2'000 brass movements, making them highly demanded on the market today. Starting in 2004, all subsequent movements were made of gold. 

The present 'Brass Movement' Octa Calendrier dates back to the first half of 2003, as indicated by its case number 037-03Q and the documented sale that year. 2003 was the year when the production started for the Octa Calendrier and therefore the present lot must be among the first examples produced. The Certificate of Authenticity further confirms that the watch was delivered to Switzerland in 2003 with the present yellow gold dial. The early brass movement of the watch features a 5-day power reserve and was the first F.P. Journe showcasing an annual calendar function.

Beautiful to the eye, the dial is of contemporary and asymmetrical design with the calendar functions placed towards the left whilst the time indication stays on the right. It features a retrograde date and apertures for the day and month, as well as a small subsidiary seconds. Interestingly and fittingly, it is equipped with an early seconds hand with thicker counterweight, as opposed to the thinner ones used for later gold movement watches or likely as replacement parts during servicing.

This year, F.P. Journe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Octa automatique calibre, which marked the beginning of the successful 'Octa' collection to which the present example belongs. It is therefore the perfect time to offer this incredibly attractive lot complete with warranty card and original wooden presentation case for the fist time at public auction.