F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch   watch releases

F.P. Journe is really pushing aluminum as its sport watch material of course. I've written in the past about not understanding why they would choose aluminum, which is a soft and easily dented metal for a super high-end luxury watch. It is very light, and I guess they like the quirk. Titanium has really usurped most aluminum use, but I think aluminum is still technically a bit lighter (just not stronger). The watch is just 53 grams in weight. According to F.P. Journe they used "high technology aluminum" (which is apparently the same used in Aeronautics).

So like fragile race cars F.P. Journe's sport watches are nice to look at with good performance but you don't want to hit things with it. The watch even has bumpers on the sides. This concept started with the first F.P. Journe sport watch which was last year's Centigraphe Sport (seen below, and priced super high). Oh, and they call their sport collection the "lineSport" collection. It does wreak of a certain disdain for English, whereby "Sport line" would actually grammatically make sense.

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch   watch releases

This good looking new watch is called the Octa Sport... lineSport. Unlike the wild chronograph mechanism of the Centigraphe, the Octa Sport is a more traditional F.P. Journe watch, but in a more sporty outfit. On the gray aluminum alloy dial you have the time, big date indicator, power reserve indicator, subsidiary seconds dial, and day/night indicator. The dial has applied Arabic hour numerals and nice lume-filled hands. It is pretty nice and the red elements do make it feel more sporty. Only problem is that this is still a fancy watch at heart and the core F.P. Journe look (that I love), just doesn't really lend itself to a sport watch style. Even if they attach a rubber strap to it and place a prominent red "S" on the dial.

A very interesting thing to note is that the Octa Sport watch has an aluminum movement. Most FP Journe watch movements are in gold. The movement is the in-house made Calibre FPJ 1300-3 automatic. It even has an aluminum rotor - but one one that also has a tungsten strip for extra weight. Power reserve for the movement is impressive at 120 hours. The movement is visible through a sapphire exhibition caseback window.

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch   watch releases

The Octa Sport watch case is a healthy (for F.P. Journe) 42mm wide. You'll notice that there are rubber bumpers on the side to protect the aluminum case. In addition to the rubber strap, there is an aluminum bracelet option - which also has rubber bumpers. Maybe FP Journe should just have a version in all black coated with vulcanized rubber? That would seem to solve the aluminum problem, and probably make the Octa Sport look more "sportive." Does anyone in the US even use that word? Look out for this delicate super-light F.P. Journe watch soon. Price for the Octa Sport is $25,790 on a rubber strap and $31,050 on the aluminum bracelet.

Octa Sport - Technical Specifications from F.P. Journe:

Movement                                                     

Automatic Calibre FPJ 1300-3

Unidirectional automatic winding

Movement in aluminum alloy

Dimensions of the movement                      

Overall diameter:                      30.80 mm

Casing-up diameter:                  30.40 mm

Overall height:                            5.70 mm

Height of winding stem:         3.00 mm

Diameter of stem thread:      S0.90 mm

Balance                                                          

Four adjustable inertia weights

Anachron free-sprung flat balance spring

Mobile stud holder

Free Sprung

Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring

Pinned GE stud

Frequency :       21'600 Alt/h, 3 Hz

Inertia : 10.10 mg/cm2

Angle of lift :     52°

Amplitude :       0 h dial up : > 300°

24 h dial up : > 280°

Main characteristics                                     

Three position crown:

Winding of the watch in position 0, clock wise

Correction of date in position 1, anti clockwise

Correction of time in position 2

Instant jump calendar

Off centre winding rotor in Titanium with

Tungsten segment

Barrel with slipping spring

Escapement 15 tooth

Indications                                                    

Centered hours and minutes

Small second at 6h00

Day/Night indication at 9h00

Power reserve at 10h30

Large date at 1h00

Autonomy                                                      

120+/- 12 hours

Winding Speed on watch winder: 274 rotations / 24 hours

Decoration                                                    

  Circular Côtes de Genève on bridges

Partly circular graining on baseplate

Polished screw heads with chamfered slots

Chamfered and circular grained wheels

Steel components hand polished and chamfered

Case                                                               

Aluminum alloy with rubber inserts

Diameter:          42.00mm

Total height:     11.60mm

Dial

Aluminum alloy and sapphire

Superluminova hands

Superluminova appliqué indexes

12 luminescent points

Number of parts                                           

Movement without dial                         286

Cased up with Aluminum bracelet         510

Cased up with rubber strap                    354

Jewels                                                     40

Rubber                                                    72

Weight                                                           

Total weight                             53 g

Movement alone                        11 g

Sapphire glass sub dial                2 g

6 comments
Russ Schwenkler
Russ Schwenkler

Man, I just don't get the current FP Journe style ethos. This and their latest offerings are some of the ugliest high end watches out there. The whole tabs and screws thing with the stylized indices, especially in red, just look like crap. Adding loads of red doesn't make it "sportive", just goofy. You too Hublot!

AtSeaWatch
AtSeaWatch

I think you nailed it with this one Ariel. Why not wrap it all in rubber. Better yet, why make it out of aluminum? It's not like it's got a nice finish. Also, I'd really sweat metal fatigue on this bracelet.

As much as I typically love Journe watches, this really leaves me cold. The red and white look cheap, the design is a mess, and in the end it just feels like someone put Vibram soles on a John Lobb oxford.

jnolan
jnolan

Aluminum as a base material is "soft and easily dented" but a wide array of aluminum alloys are available which are anything but soft and easily dented, 5052 and 7075 being popular and widely available choices, the latter is used extensively in airframes. Aluminum alloys can also be chemically treated to increase their hardness.

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Ulysses31
Ulysses31

As much as I love most FPJs there's something just plain odd about these. They're just not beautiful enough I guess.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Bleh. This is not anything close to what anyone should be thinking when they are asked to describe an FPJ.

admin
admin

Harder yes, but not that hard. It also scratched very easily. There would not be rubber bumpers on there for no reason.