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March 1, 2013

Sex & Spies in Monaco

By Neharika Padala


F.P.Journe will take a starring role in a new Monaco-based spy movie.

The Octa Calendrier stars in Möbius, the latest film by Eric Rochant, on the wrist of Gregory Lioubov played by Jean Dujardin. This new movie with Jean Dujardin, Cécile de France and Tim Roth tells the story of Grégory Lioubov played by Jean Dujardin, an FSB agent, (Russian secret services), who is sent to Monaco to investigate the activities of a powerful billionaire businessman played by Tim Roth. During the mission, the services recruits Alice, a gifted finance wizard played by Cécile de France. Suspecting her betrayal, Grégory Lioubov will break the golden rule in contacting Alice, his undercover agent. Arises between them a passion that will inevitably hasten their downfall.

The Octa Calendrier is the third complication to be integrated within the Octa automatic winding caliber. A feat signed F.P.Journe Invenit et Fecit integrating in the five days automatic caliber, a retrograde annual calendar while maintaining the dimensions of the mechanism at 30 mm in diameter and 5.7 mm thick, with an identical main plate for all models within the Octa automatic collection. Its emblematic dial, with the silver guilloche hour rand minutes sub dial if fixed by a screwed steel circle ®, recalls the necessary research and development necessary to the creation of this unique piece. The calendar which displays the day and month through two separated windows advances instantaneously and is self-adjusting for the months of 29, 30 and 31 days.

The Octa annual calendar automatically moves from month to month. It only needs to be advanced manually at the end of February, three years out of four. For non leap-years, the calendar must be moved from February 28th to 29th by a single turn of the crown and the calendar automatically moves from February 29th to March 1st. The automatic winding movement of the Octa Calendrier by F.P.Journe-Invenit et Fecit is manufactured in 18K rose Gold, like that of all the brand’s precision chronometers. It is constructed on the basis of the exclusive Octa caliber 1300.3, with an identical caliber leaving room to insert all the complications of the Octa line.

It also features the exclusive off-center F.P.Journe rotor in 22K red Gold that offers optimal winding of the watch for an effective power reserve with retrograde indication for over 120 effective hours when not worn. It winds the movement in only one direction with an autoblocant ball bearing system (self-blocking). Every infinitesimal movement of the wrist is thus maximally exploited for an optimised winding of the watch. With a total and very limited production of less than 900 pieces per year, the custom of F.P.Journe is to stop producing an existing caliber when creating a new model. Therefore, the Quantième Perpétuel replaces the Octa Calendrier with annual calendar, which will cease production in 2013 thus becoming a collector’s piece.

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