No trip to Geneva is complete without a pit stop at the F.P Journe Manufacture, located at the heart of the city. Therefore, Haute Time paid a visit to the independent watchmaker, and caught a glimpse of the Nouvelle Octa Lune collection.
Last year F.P. Journe launched his first gold dials through the Octa collection. This year, he has decided to update the Octa Lune – the moon phase model from the Octa collection – with a new golden robe, and a slightly bigger dial than the previous Octa Lune (40 or 42 mm versus the 38 mm of the original). The result is a striking watch, which manages to look slightly more imposing than its previous iteration, and offers greater legibility for a better reading of the time. The gold case and matching red gold dial also add a touch of class.
The main dial still features a five day retrograde power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock, and a moon phase at 8 o’clock, but the date in aperture at 11 o’clock is now twice the size of the original. The F.P. Journe logo and motto, Invenit et Fecit, are also moved from the top of the watch to the bottom, this time appearing over two lines at 7 o’clock. Meanwhile, hours and minutes are displayed in a larger off-center dial, with embossed hour numbers surfaced with a diamond tool.
The Nouvelle Octa Lune reintroduces the Calibre Exclusive F.P.Journe 1300.3 in 18K rose gold. Developed specifically for clients who work in offices and who don’t move their wrists enough to automatically rewind the watch, it features a 22K Gold rotor that uses the slightest movement to automatically wind the watch.
The Nouvelle Octa Lune is available in multiple editions: in 40mm or 42mm, in 18K red gold or PT 950 platinum (see below), on leather strap or metallic strap. Pricing is not yet known.
The Nouvelle Octa Lune marks a new milestone in F.P. Journe’s pioneering gold rush. But the independent watchmaker is set to rejoin well-trodden paths as he will turn his attention to up-and-coming watchmakers at the end of the month.
Indeed, the established member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs (AHCI) will become the patron of the «Young Talent Competition» next month at BaselWorld. Stay tuned for more information on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
Photo Credit: Haute Time. For more information, please visit the official F.P. Journe website.