PROPERTY FROM A FAMILY COLLECTION
With a Philippe Dufour presentation box.
Philippe Dufour is one of the most respected master watchmakers working in the industry today. Born in the Vallée de Joux, he attended the Sentier technical school at the age of 15 and pursued watchmaking in 1967. Dufour was employed by world renowned watchmaking manufactures such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta. In 1989 however, he decided to produce watches under his own name. Dufour joined the prestigious ranks of the AHCI (Académie des horlogers et créateurs indépendants / Horological Academy of Independent Creators) in 1992 after three years working on his masterwork – the world's first grande and petite sonnerie minute repeating wristwatch.
The present lot is a unique Philippe Dufour masterpiece, superbly crafted in 18k pink gold and fitted with an elegant white enamel dial, one of four pieces ever made and the only one in this precious metal. This impressive timepiece debuted at the 1992 Basel Fair and stunned the watch industry premiering as the first ever grande and petite sonnerie minute repeating wristwatch produced by any maker. This Philippe Dufour timepiece makes its auction debut and presents a unique collecting opportunity for truly dedicated connoisseurs of independent horology.
The hinged case back opens pleasingly to reveal an exquisitely finished and intricate two-train movement. The highly polished bevelled edges and curved bridges of the movement guide the admirer through an impeccable and sophisticated canvas of horological art. Through a button in the crown, the trip repeat mechanism is activated and the two sliding levers in the case band adjust the grande and petite sonnerie mode from striking to silent, and hour striking to hour and quarter striking.
Philippe Dufour是當今鐘錶業最受人尊崇的製錶大師之一。他出生於瑞士製錶重鎮Vallee de Joux，15歲起就讀尚提耶技術學校，並於1967年開啟了鐘錶業的職業生涯。Dufour曾受雇于世界知名鐘錶製造大廠積家，愛彼及尊達。在1989年，Dufour決定獨立經營個人品牌，並在之後的三年傾力打造他的傑作------世界首枚大小自鳴三問腕錶。在1992年，Dufour的名字躋身於AHCI權威榜單之列。
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