F. P. Journe
F. P. Journe Octa Perpétuelle Tokyo
This titanium F. P. Journe Octa Perpétuelle – Anniversaire is limited to just 99 examples, originally launched in 2009 to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the brand’s first boutique situated in Tokyo. This particular Anniversary piece magnified the importance of the Japanese market at the time.
Apart from the LineSports, the use of titanium is rarely used in the realm of F. P. Journe, it is thought that the titanium cases are strictly exclusive to Tokyo Anniversaries and Boutique Limited Editions. François-Paul Journe’s affinity for his Japanese clients is well documented as a result the creation of 5 Anniversaire Tokyo Editions have been created so far: Chronomètre Souverain (20 examples), Chronomètre à Résonance (12 examples), Tourbillon Souverain (5 examples), Octa Perpétuelle (99 examples) and the Centigraphe Souverain (10 examples). The ‘Tokyo Anniversaire’ all feature Titanium cases paired with a coated Ruthenium 18-carat white gold dial. Interestingly, the use of the orangy-brownish typography for the logo F. P. Journe – Invenit et Fecit is also unique to the Tokyo Anniversary editions. What sets the Octa Perpétuelle – Anniversaire apart from the other Anniversary pieces is the fact that this particular complication did not exist in the core collection of Journe’s offering at the time. This movement and complication were solely produced in 99 examples and thereafter discontinued, making this reference rather unique.
The design of the dial draws inspiration from the Octa Calendrier. At the request of certain clients F. P. Journe decided to treat the Ruthenium coating on the Anniversary editions, resulting in a grey matte finished semi-grained dial. The two apertures found at 10 and 7 o’clock are used for the day and month, the retrograde date is found on the outer periphery of the dial and is indicated by the prolonged gilt centralised hand. The guiloche sub-dial is used strictly for time keeping. The entire complication can be set by the crown and the additional pusher found on the outer case at 8 o’clock, the slide to push pusher avoids any possibility of accidental activation. The multilayered dial is held together by 9 plated screws.
The movement found in this remarkable reference is none other than the venerable18-carat rose gold calibre 1300.3. The distinction between the manually wound and automatic movements can be divided into the following, Octa (automatic) and Souverain (manually wound). The power reserve of the entire Souverain collection is based on antique marine chronometers, the power reserve indicator shows the number of hours elapsed since the watch was last wound. Therefore, when fully wound the indicator reads “0” as it has been zero hours since last wound. On the other hand, the Octa collection, when fully wound the indicator reads “120” and will gradually display how many hours of power are left. The Octa collection was introduced in 2001 with the introduction of the Octa Reserve de Marche, the caliber 1300 is the backbone of the entire automatic collection (till date).
The Octa Perpétuelle features three discs that are able to display the day, month, and leap year indication. The use of the leap year indicator is rather redundant and usually causes an unnecessarily cluttered dial. In order to conceal the leap year indicator, François-Paul Journe, created a sub-aperture within the month aperture. During a leap year, the February month aperture reads B FE ‘Bissextile February’ and the following non-leap years would read “1 FE”, “2 FE” and “3 FE”.
The watch comes with both its inner and outer boxes, original hand signed certificate which certifies that the watch was originally sold in October 2010.
Brand: F. P. Journe
Model: Octa Perpétuelle Anniversaire Tokyo
Case Diameter: 40mm
Box & Papers: Full Set