Brand Profile: Philippe Dufour

Brand Profile: Philippe Dufour

In the world of watchmaking, there are a number of brands that make fantastic watches. They have rich histories and iconic models that are often well made, well marketed and highly sought after. However few, if any, are as meticulous and well regarded among the world’s top collectors as the man referred to as “the pope of watchmaking,” “the greatest living watchmaker” and the “god of watches;” Philippe Dufour. 

Philippe Dufour Simplicity Wristshot

Philippe Dufour's History 

Philippe Dufour, now 71 years old, decided at fourteen that he was going to be a watchmaker. He trained at Ecole d’Horlogerie de la Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, graduating at 19 years old in 1967. He went on to work for a number of well known Swiss watchmakers, including Jaeger-LeCoultre. He spent the subsequent years perfecting his masterful skills and purchased a workshop in 1978 where he restored antique watches and further honed his now famous techniques. At the 1992 Basel Fair, Dufour presented the first piece under his eponymous brand, a Grande Sonnerie wristwatch. Since then Dufour has produced only two models, the Duality and Simplicity. 

Philippe Dufour Watchmaker Working

Dufour is The Purist for the purists. Every watch is handmade by the man himself, from start to finish. During an era when watch brands were focused on marketing and increasing margins, Philippe Dufour was focused on crafting the most beautiful pieces he possibly could. 

 Philippe Dufour Market

Because Philippe Dufour creates each watch himself, very few are produced every year. As a result, supply is highly limited and his waitlist for new watches will likely exceed his lifetime. This has created a robust and healthy secondary market for what might be the most sought after independent watch in the world. Few ever hit the market, and when the do, passionate collectors move quickly to try and add one to their hands. 

Philippe Dufour Simplicity

 Philippe Dufour Simplicity 

This Philippe Dufour Simplicity is in excellent original condition. The watch has been worn, but is free of any major scratches or issues. It also comes complete with the original box and certificate. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have and find additional photos on our listing page here. 

Philippe Dufour wristshot

Philippe Dufour Simplicity Movement

Philippe Dufour Simplicity

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