View full screen - View 1 of Lot 57. 'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche Platinum wristwatch with digital date display, 5-day power reserve indication and early straight-line Côtes de Genève brass movement Circa 2001 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche」鉑金腕錶備數字日期、5日動力儲存顯示及早期 Côtes de Genève 直式黃銅機芯,年份約2001.
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F.P. Journe

'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche Platinum wristwatch with digital date display, 5-day power reserve indication and early straight-line Côtes de Genève brass movement Circa 2001 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche」鉑金腕錶備數字日期、5日動力儲存顯示及早期 Côtes de Genève 直式黃銅機芯,年份約2001

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 Reserve de Marche Platinum wristwatch with digital date display, 5-day power reserve indication and early straight-line Côtes de Genève brass movement Circa 2001 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche」鉑金腕錶備數字日期、5日動力儲存顯示及早期 Côtes de Genève 直式黃銅機芯,年份約2001

'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche Platinum wristwatch with digital date display, 5-day power reserve indication and early straight-line Côtes de Genève brass movement Circa 2001 | F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche」鉑金腕錶備數字日期、5日動力儲存顯示及早期 Côtes de Genève 直式黃銅機芯,年份約2001

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 CHF

Lot sold:

201,600

CHF

Property of the original Swiss owner

F.P. Journe

'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche

Platinum wristwatch with digital date display, 5-day power reserve indication and early straight-line Côtes de Genève brass movement

Circa 2001

F.P. Journe「'Brass Movement' Octa Reserve de Marche」鉑金腕錶備數字日期、5日動力儲存顯示及早期 Côtes de Genève 直式黃銅機芯,年份約2001


Dial: pink gold

Calibre: cal. 1300 automatic, 30 jewels

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

Case number: 120-01A

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 and wooden presentation case

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date 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, fine dings and a couple of very minor dents to the bezel, bands and lugs.

DIAL: in very attractive and good condition. There is some oxidation visible mainly around the screws and some fine surface blemishes are visible with the naked eye 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 is as good as it gets and ticks all the boxes for collectors. The provenance is impeccable, having been bought in February 2003 at the famous retailer Kirchhofer in Interlaken, Switzerland, by the Swiss collector and sole owner of the watch who is now offering it for the first time at auction. Not an official F.P. Journe dealer himself, Kirchhofer was able to organize this piece for his distinguished client through an authorized dealer in Switzerland who had it sitting in his stock since 2001. 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 very early brass movement and low case number which are both revealed on the back.

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 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 Reserve de Marche dates back to 2001 as indicated by its low case number 120-01A and confirmed on the Certificate of Authenticity. This was the same year that the Octa automatic calibre was released. According to our research, the present example belongs to the very first generation of this model. What distinguishes these earliest brass movement iterations from subsequent ones is the straight-line Côtes de Genève finishing as opposed to the later rounded one. It appears that only a little more than 100 pieces were produced with the straight-line Côtes de Genève finishing making this a super rare specimen. 

Of beautiful design, the pink dial which is confirmed by the Certificate of Authenticity also features 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. The pink gold dial appears to be the rarest variant and the present one is exceptionally attractive, with the pink gold having slightly oxidized around the fixing screws and with a mesmerizing shimmer throughout, which is something that is only seen on early F.P. Journe dials and particularly striking under sunlight. 

This year, F.P. Journe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Octa automatique calibre. The Octa Reserve de March, such as the present example, was the first model produced in series with this calibre and marked the beginning of the successful Octa collection. One could not think of a more suitable timing than now for offering an early example from the year of its inception. Presented complete with warranty card and original wooden presentation case, the lot is an incredibly attractive F.P. Journe appearing for the first time at public auction and the kind of watch that makes the heart of collectors beat faster.