Philippe Dufour - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Philippe Dufour
    Year: Circa 2004
    Movement No: 30
    Model Name: Simplicity
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Philippe Dufour crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Philippe Dufour buckle
    Dimensions: 34 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Philippe Dufour International Guarantee and Certificate of Origin dated April 2004, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a Simplicity, please see Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking by Michael Clerizo, page 88.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented in exceptional and original overall condition, this white gold Simplicity is exquisitely made. The dial is made of solid silver and decorated with guilloche wave pattern. The hands and numerals are finished in white gold. The movement is completely constructed by hand. Each wheel is hand polished and each plate is also hand finished. The movement is fitted with a click spring and when the watch is wound, the click can be heard. Each tooth of every wheel is hand polished and the gold plates are secured in position with blued screws. It is easy to recognize the demand for such a beautiful completely handcrafted wristwatch.

  • Artist Biography

    Philippe Dufour

    Swiss • 1989

    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.

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An extremely fine and equally rare white gold wristwatch with original certificate and fitted presentation box

Circa 2004
34 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$960,000 - 1,440,000 

Sold for HK$1,750,000

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