F. P. Journe Octa Lune France China Octa Lune Automatic France China 50 Platinum RARE (34549)

34549 FP Journe Octa Lune Automatic France-China 50, very rare example produced in a limited edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China, platinum case with a platinum tang buckle, automatic FP Journe caliber 1300-3 movement, 120-hour power reserve, special blue dial in white gold with moon phase display, very unique dial in that the numerals are actually embossed from the back of the dial and are not applied numerals, the watch had a very high defect rate which is why FP limited production, power reserve indicator, running seconds subdial, date at 12 o clock, and France-Chine 50 logo, sapphire crystal, display back, size 40mm, thickness 10.6mm. Like New with original box and papers dated November of 2015.

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This is a very rare limited edition platinum FP Journe Octa Lune Automatic France-China 50. It has an alligator leather strap with an FP Journe platinum tang buckle, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It has a push/pull unidirectional winding crown; the date and moonphase is set in position 2 by turning the crown in opposite directions, and time setting is done in position 3. It has an exhibition sapphire display case back secured with 8 screws, engraved with "FP. JOURNE – INV. ET FECIT (invented and made) – OCTA AUTO," and the reference number. The 40mm diameter solid three-body case, curved downturned lugs, and rounded bezel are polished. The special blue dial is white gold and shows both the FP Journe and France-Chine 50 logos, has Arabic numeral hour markers and a railway-style minute track. There is a date aperture window between 11 and 12 o'clock, and a 5-day/120-hour power reserve indicator arc is at 9 o'clock. There is a moon phase subsidiary indicator at 7 o'clock, and a constant seconds register is between 4 and 5 o'clock. It's water resistant to 30 meters/100 feet, and the 10.6mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

The mechanical automatic self-winding FP. Journe caliber 1300-3 movement is rhodium plated, with circular stripes on the bridges, a partially circular grained baseplate, and gilt engraving. It's constructed with 37 jewels, 259 components, polished screw heads with chamfered slots, polished rounded pegs, and the steelwork has polished chamfers and straight graining. It includes an in-line lever escapement, a 15-tooth wheel balance with 4 inertia weights, and a flat Anachron micro-flamed spring. There is a free-sprung balance, a mobile stud holder, a slipping mainspring, a variable inertia balance wheel, and an off-center 22k gold winding rotor engraved with the FP. Journe logo and motto, with guilloche texture. The optimized winding system uses ceramic balls, and the mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3Hz).

This limited edition FP Journe Octa Lune Automatic France-China 50 was issued in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. Fewer than 30 pieces were issued in total.