Thursday, July 1, 2021

F.P. Journe for Only Watch

Courtesy of F.P. Journe


2021 celebrates the 20 years of the automatic Octa Calibre 1300 in all its forms. This latest opus is the ultimate expression. An automaton, working solely off the Octa movement’s mainspring, was no easy task.

The minutes are read by rotating disk at the 12 o’clock position, while the mobile fingers appear or disappear instantaneously to display the hour according to their positions.

The fingers are inspired from a mechanical hand created by Ambroise ParĂ© (1509-1590), 
the father of modern surgery.

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“This watch was born in 2012 while having dinner at Francis Ford Coppola’s house in the Napa Valley. He asked me if it could be possible to tell time with a hand in a watch. I replied that the idea was interesting and required thinking about it. But how to display 12 hours with 5 fingers? It was not an easy matter and this complex challenge inspired and motivated me. Once I figured it out, Francis immediately sent the sketches for the fingers positions. After more than 2 years, I could finally focus on “Fecit”. After 7 years of development, I am proud to present the FFC prototype.” 

FFC Blue


Tantalum, unique case exclusively developed for Only Watch.

Instantaneous digital hours indicated by an automaton blue hand, unique piece exclusively developed for Only Watch.
Rotating minutes.

Automatic FFC 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold.
Unidirectional oscillating weight in 22K 5N Gold, engraved Ambroise Paré (1509-1590) & F.F.Coppola.

Orange alligator strap.

Diameter: 42 mm / Thickness: 10.70 mm.

Number of components:
Movement: 396

Functions & Complications:

Estimate:CHF 300,000 - 400,000

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