One of the most iconic watchmakers of all time, comparable with the likes of Francois-Paul Journe and Ludwig Oeschslin, Philippe Dufour’s concept of time inspires not only the industry, but also the Master himself as he reinvents his art frequently. A distinguished student from Gabriel Locatelli, he worked for world-renowned ateliers like Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre and helped to create and develop their most extraordinary repeaters. Dufour is considered by many to be the greatest living watchmaker; making each timepiece by hand, he often uses tools that date back to the 1930s. In 2013, he was awarded the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève Special Jury Prize, a testament to his contribution to the art of horology and a justification that he is a specific yet comprehensive, pure artist.
Dufour’s list of accomplishments varies from being the first person in history to put a double balance wheel in a wristwatch to being the very first person in history to put a Grande Sonnerie in a wristwatch. While these inventions were revolutionary in the world of watchmaking and gave him the credibility to be mentioned among the greatest, it is the Simplicity that will surely be his legacy. Perceived by Dufour to be the ultimate interpretation of traditional Swiss watchmaking, a focus is given to the finish of the momentous in-house calibre. Simplicity houses Dufour’s calibre 11 which is one of the most well regarded manually-wound movements ever created.
With a case diameter of 37mm in white gold, the present lot features a solid silver dial that has a guilloche centerfield, applied Arabic and dagger numerals and subsidiary seconds.
True to Philippe Dufour’s vision of quality over quantity, only 200 pieces have been released. Considered one on the most finely finished watches in the world, this is the perfect opportunity for connoisseurs to collect this true masterpiece.
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