F.P.Journe unveiled a new Octa UTC model at this year’s SIHH event.
This super-spiffy watch includes a patented system that mechanically indicates the different time zones linked with the earth’s geographical positions, including the difference between summer and winter time.
The Octa UTC is presented within a typical Octa dial arrangement that includes a colorful presentation of the globe.
The main hours are indicated by the blue hands and linked to the calendar indicating the main geographical time; the little rose gold hand in the background of the same subdial indicates a second 24-hour time zone.
The main time is set by pushing a small, secured, integrated pusher at 4 o’clock. In crown position 2, the wearer sets the second geographical region to 0 for winter time – and the gold hand automatically and simultaneously adjusts to the corresponding time. The +1 / -1 scale’s purpose is to aid in properly positioning summer time linked to the geographical location of the user, depending on whether it’s positioned east or west of the chosen zone.
The Octa UTC is available in platinum or red gold cases in two diameter sizes (38 and 40 mm; 10.6 mm in height). The plates and bridges of the movement – automatic Caliber FPJ 1300-3 – are crafted in 18-karat rose gold, and automatic winding is provided by an off-center 22-karat gold winding rotor. The numerals related to the second time zone display are also gold.