130 Divine Horol­ogy

FP Journe re­freshed his clas­sic Octa col­lec­tion with larger di­men­sions for the Octa Divine

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FP Journe re­freshes his clas­sic Octa col­lec­tion with larger di­men­sions for the Octa Divine

For a watch­maker known to pay no heed to in­dus­try trends and con­ven­tions, it looks like FP Journe has fi­nally re­lented, at least where it comes to mak­ing larger ver­sions of his best sell­ers to ful­fil mar­ket de­mand. All formerly at 40mm, the Sou­veraine Chronomètre Op­ti­mum, Octa Quantième Per­pé­tual, and Octa Lune have been re­sized to 42mm, and the lat­est time­piece to ben­e­fit from the master watch­maker’s largess is the Octa Divine.

Journe’s watch­mak­ing phi­los­o­phy has al­ways been pretty much fo­cused on these core ba­sics: el­e­gance, un­clut­tered, and per­fectly leg­i­ble. Ir­re­spec­tive of the func­tion or com­pli­ca­tion of the watches he makes, all FP Journe watches ex­ude the same un­com­pro­mis­ing spirit. To make sure of that, Journe uses his own dial maker, which is why the aes­thet­ics are al­ways well bal­anced. The new Octa Divine is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of this unique watch­mak­ing ap­proach.

In a clas­sic round case, the dial com­prises a pris­tine white chap­ter con­tain­ing the hour nu­mer­als and at its cen­tre, a large aper­ture re­veals the front of the rose gold move­ment held se­cure by an ec­cen­tric-shaped plate made of stain­less steel. Here is where the watch’s key func­tions con­vene: the large date, power re­serve dis­play, moon phase dis­play, and small sec­onds ro­tat­ing disc. In­spect it closer and you will dis­cover that the hour nu­mer­als are ir­reg­u­larly sized – for a touch of whimsy ap­par­ently – but the blued steel hands en­sure that time is al­ways leg­i­ble.

Turn the watch over to the back, and the F.P. Journe Cal­i­bre 1300.3 man­u­fac­tured in rose gold is on full dis­play. With over five days of power re­serve, it boasts a self-lock­ing ball bear­ing sys­tem, which en­sures that ev­ery move­ment, how­ever slight, is utilised for the op­ti­mal wind­ing of the watch. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Cal­i­bre 1300.3 with large date, power re­serve dis­play, moon phases, and five-day power re­serve

CASE 42mm in plat­inum or rose gold, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 30m STRAP Leather with cor­re­spond­ing ardil­lon or de­ploy­ant buckle

PRICE $66,400 (red gold) $72,400 (plat­inum); De­ploy­ant buckle at an ex­tra $4,000

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