Flash News: F.P. Journe Octa Sport Titanium

By Thierry Ané on July 22, 2014

Back in 2012, François-Paul Journe amazed watch lovers by venturing into an entirely new segment of the watch market: sports timepieces. In a true departure from the typical style of the brand, he offered an incredibly lightweight Octa Sport crafted in hardened aluminium. With the case, bracelet and even the movement made of this ultra-light material, the watch weighed just 55 grams!

This month, F.P. Journe extends its “lineSport” collection by introducing a model with a Grade 5 titanium case. Although the master watchmaker already used this material for limited edition models like the Octa Perpétuelle Titanium, the Octa Sport Titanium is the very first sporty model benefiting from the lightness and the extreme hardness of titanium.

The new watch still houses the manufacture FPJ 1300.3 calibre. This self-winding movement made of aluminium features a titanium rotor with tungsten inserts that manages to take advantage of each movement of the wrist to store up to 5 days of energy. In addition to the time of the day, this high-end calibre offers a large date as well as a day-night indicator by window and a sectorial power reserve.

As with the 2012 versions, the dark grey dial of the Octa Sport Titanium is also made of aluminium alloy and contributes to the exceptional lightness of the watch. Even with titanium instead of aluminium for the case the watch only weighs between 60 and 70 grams depending on whether it is fitted with a rubber strap or a titanium bracelet.

Both versions are perfectly adapted for watch lovers with a sportive lifestyle that still want to wear a piece of Haute Horology on their wrists. I particularly like the unusual dark grey hue of this titanium case with a matt finishing. It looks very contemporary and extremely refined. The Octa Sport Titanium with rubber strap will retail for US$ 27,500 while the version featuring a titanium bracelet will cost US$ 32,000.

For more information please visit the F.P. Journe web site.

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