To support the Only Watch 2021 chairty event, independent Swiss watchmaker F.P.Journe presents a unique piece based on a unique suggestion by Francis Ford Coppola, the celebrated American film director, producer, and screenwriter. The challenge was to create a wristwatch incorporating an automation that mimics the human hand for displaying the 12 hours with 5 fingers.
This idea dates back to 2012, and after several years of research and development, F.P.Journe has developed a prototype of this concept. The watchmaker has chosen the automatic Octa Calibre for creating this innovative wristwatch.
The year 2021 also marks the 20 years of the automatic Octa Calibre 1300. An automaton, working solely off the Octa movement’s mainspring, was no easy task.
The minutes are read by rotating disk at the 12 o’clock position, while the mobile fingers appear or disappear instantaneously to display the hour according to their positions. The fingers are inspired from a mechanical hand created by Ambroise Paré (1509-1590), the father of modern surgery.
The FFC prototype features a unique Tantalum case and blue hand, just like other F.P.Journe Only Watch timepieces in years past.
Model: FFC Blue, Unique Piece for Only Watch 2021
Tantalum, unique case exclusively developed for Only Watch.
Instantaneous digital hours indicated by an automaton blue hand, unique piece exclusively developed for Only Watch
Calibre Automatic FFC 1300.3 in 18K rose Gold
Unidirectional oscillating weight in 22K 5N Gold, engraved Ambroise Paré (1509-1590) & F.F.Coppola
Bracelet: Orange alligator strap.
Dimensions: Diameter: 42 mm / Thickness: 10.70 mm.
Number of components: Movement: 396
Functions & Complications: 2
CHF 300,000 – 400,000