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Philippe Dufour

Swiss  •  b. 1989

Biography

Philippe Dufour is a modern master creating some of the most coveted timepieces available today. His watches feature clean, classic lines fitted with high-grade in-house movements and stunning finish and polish. His Simplicity model is near-perfect hand craftsmanship, produced entirely in a traditional manner without the use of modern industrial tools. Over a 12-year period he created approximately 200 examples often customized to the client's wishes. Today it is considered one of the finest mechanical time-only timepieces produced. Also highly sought-after is the Duality, a highly complicated masterpiece made in only 9 examples. Dufour worked for some of the top names in watch manufacturing including Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta. In 1978, he opened his own workshop creating all his own parts. He is both the man and the brand, and by keeping his production numbers limited, Dufour maintains absolute control over quality and is therefore considered one of the most important independent watchmakers today.

Insights

  • In the early 1990s, Audemars Piguet commissioned Dufour to make five Grand Sonnerie pocket watch movements.

  • In 1992, Dufour introduced his Grande et Petite Sonnerie watch, which won a gold medal for technical innovation.

"Philippe Dufour is a modern master creating some of the finest and most coveted timepieces available today."

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