News july 2012

Octa Sport « Indy 500 »

Made in commemoration of Jean Alesi’s participation to the Indianapolis 500-mile race, in Aluminium alloy, with blackened case and black rubber strap

The Watch Quote™ - July 3rd, 2012



In commemoration of Jean Alesi’s participation to the emblematic Indianapolis 500 miles race, F.P.Journe has created a Limited Series of 99 pieces, the “Octa Sport Indy 500”, numbered 501 to 599. Inspired by the Octa Sport, it is produced in high technology Aluminium alloy used in the Aeronautics. The blackened Aluminium case and black dial, with the F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit signature, featuring the logos Indy 500, Lotus and Jean Alesi, reinforces its sportive aspect and places this Limited Series in the category of watches associated with car races.

Jean Alesi with his F.P. Journe Octa Sport « Indy 500 » watch

A watch of an astounding lightness for absolute comfort as it only weights in its whole 53 grams. It is thought and conceived specifically for a sportive lifestyle, and coupled with an automatic movement of authentic high horology. The “Octa Sport Indy 500” offers a 120 hours power and features central hour and minutes, small second at 5h00, power reserve at 10h30, day/night indication at 8h00 and a large date at 1h00.

F.P.Journe undertook long researches to find an ultra light and resistant material to receive this exceptional calibre; while maintaining the standards of high horology so specific to the F.P.Journe Manufacture. The “Octa Sport Indy 500” features the new all Aluminium alloy F.P.Journe movement reserved exclusively to the models of the lineSport. The brand also perfected different methods of processing in order to make the aluminium scratch resistant and give it anti-corrosive and anti- allergic properties.
The ”Octa Sport Indy 500” Aluminum alloy movement still preserves the properties of all F.P. Journe Octa calibers, with a five day power reserve and a variable inertia balance wheel for an optimum yield and an irreproachable stability.

Rubber inserts are fixed with an outstanding process to the sides of the case to efficiently protect the watch from any shocks, in line with bumpers of ancient automobiles. The crown and the folding clasp, engraved with the F.P.Journe signature, are also covered with a rubber coating.

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F.P. Journe Octa Sport « Indy 500 »

Technical specifications


Movement :Automatic Calibre FPJ 1300-3
Unidirectional automatic winding
Movement in aluminium alloy
Dimensions of the movement :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
Balance spring :Anachron free-sprung flat
Mobile stud holder
Sprung :Free
Balance spring :Nivatronic laser soldered
Stud :Pinned GE
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
Calendar :Instant jump
Winding rotor :Off centre in Titanium with Tungsten segment
Barrel :with slipping spring
Escapement :15 tooth
Indications :Centred 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 :Blackened Aluminium alloy with rubber inserts
Diameter:42.00mm
Total height:11.60mm
Dial :lackened Aluminium alloy and sapphire
Superluminova hands
Superluminova appliqué indexes
12 luminescent points
Number of parts
Movement without dial :286
Cased up with Aluminium 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

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