Timekeepers Club / July 24, 2021

F.P.Journe FFC Blue Only Watch 2021

This year, F.P. Journe celebrates the 20th anniversary of the automatic Octa Calibre 1300 in all its forms. This latest opus is the ultimate version of the legendary model, with an automaton powered solely by the Octa movement’s mainspring. As one might expect, this was no easy task.

This watch was born in 2012 while having dinner at Francis Ford Coppola’s house in the Napa Valley. He asked me if it could be possible to tell time with a hand in a watch. I replied that the idea was interesting and required thinking about it. But how to display 12 hours with 5 fingers? It was not an easy matter and this complex challenge inspired and motivated me. Once I figured it out, Francis immediately sent the sketches for the fingers positions. After more than 2 years, I could finally focus on “Fecit”. After 7 years of development, I am proud to present the FFC prototype.

- François-Paul Journe

The minutes are driven by a rotating disk located at 12 o’clock, while the mobile fingers appear or disappear instantaneously, indicating the hours by their position. The fingers were inspired by a mechanical hand created by Ambroise Paré (1509-1590), the father of modern surgery.

Technical specifications:

F.P.Journe FFC Blue

Reference: FFC

Unique piece for Only Watch 2021


  • Material: Tantalum, unique case exclusively developed for Only Watch
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Thickness: 10.70 mm
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial and hands

  • Instantaneous digital hours indicated by an automaton blue hand, unique piece exclusively developed for Only Watch.
  • Rotating minutes.


  • Automatic FFC 1300.3 in 18k rose gold.
  • Number of parts: 396
  • Unidirectional oscillating weight in 22K 5N Gold, engraved Ambroise Paré (1509-1590) & F.F.Coppola.


  • Hours, minutes

Strap and buckle

  • Orange alligator strap.

MSRP: Up for auction

Estimate: CHF 300'000 - 400'000

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