The presentation of the Octa automatic movement in 2001 has marked a turning point and proved that the watchmaking revolution of the 21st century was underway. Efficient in all respects, it has undergone only three evolutions during its 20 years of operation. The most recent one concerns the winding automation system. It has moved from bi-directional to unidirectional winding, which is more efficient to guarantee the rapid tensioning of the long spring of the barrel.
For François-Paul Journe, since the launch and minimal modifications, the Octa has proven its precision and endurance and as he states: “The Octa is an accomplished movement that requires no further modification due to its almost unreal performance”.
F.P.Journe celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Octa calibre with a retrospective exhibition and presents the Automatique in a limited series of 99 pieces available at the F.P.Journe Boutiques and Espaces, with, for those nostalgic of the early years, a case in Platinum of 40 mm powered with the calibre 1300.3 in rhodium-plated Brass, and a satin-finished dial in yellow Gold, similar to those produced in 2001 when François-Paul finished them by hand.
The power reserve indicator has been moved down slightly to leave more space for the enlarged date, displayed in a window now measuring 4.7 x 2.6 mm for easier legibility. The numerals of the hour and minute dial have also been enlarged. Only one slight aesthetical modification has been made to the movement, now decorated with openwork bridges; this will be a feature as of 2021 on all 1300.3 calibres.
Exhibition in Geneva, 40 rue de la Synagogue, from the 12th until the 16th of April (9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00). Visitors need to register at firstname.lastname@example.org before attending. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all visits are limited to 30 minutes with a maximum of 4 attendees at once. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer will be available.