PHILIPPE DUFOUR | SIMPLICITY A WHITE GOLD WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 2011 " | Simplicity 白金腕錶，機芯編號167，2011年製"
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT SOUTHEAST ASIAN COLLECTOR
A WHITE GOLD WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 2011
Calibre: cal. 11 mechanical, 21 jewels
Movement number: 167
Case: platinum, snap on sapphire crystal display back
Closure: black Philippe Dufour alligator strap and 18k white gold buckle
Size: 34 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Philippe Dufour Certificate of Origin and presentation box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The movement is in very attractive condition. The dial is in excellent overall condition. The case with light surface wear that can be seen with the naked eye. The case has had a minor polish.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
A legend among the world of horology and arguably the greatest living watchmaker, Philippe Dufour has achieved many remarkable accomplishments in his career. As the first person in history to successfully incorporate a Grande Sonnerie to a wristwatch, as well as design a movement which consists of two balance wheels for greater precision, his knowledge in watch making has undoubtably enthralled all his peers and collectors.
Unlike most of his colleagues in the industry, Dufour insists on creating watches with only his hands and not relying on any modern technology such as the CNC machines used for mass production. In order to do so, it would require him to often use tools that would date back to the 1930s. As a result of his determination, Dufour’s production number is alarmingly limited and would only produce between 15 to 18 watches per year.
While the Grand Sonnerie and Duality are the two watches that gave Dufour the recognition as the greatest living watchmaker, it is the Simplicity that will be his true legacy.
The present watch is a Simplicity model with a case diameter of 34 mm, a true classic size. Although at first glance, the watch may seem minimalist, it is an ultimate expression of traditional Swiss watchmaking. Unlike most watches where the value is determined by materials and complications utilized, the Simplicity is known for its unprecedented finishing of the movement and the case.
A classic watch that speaks to the sophisticated, the Simplicity is one watch which many collectors would consider as a holy grail and would dream to obtain.