After working as a one-man present alone in his quiet workshop for over a decade, earlier this yr Philippe Dufour went into partnership with Lebanese jeweler/gemologist and passionate watch collector Claude Sfeir, who was a longstanding member of the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) throughout my eight years there.
With Sfeir’s involvement, the Philippe Dufour “model” has change into a household affair with daughter Danièla – now additionally a watchmaker – on the bench, spouse Elisabeth dealing with communication, and Sfeir dealing with the business elements.
The primary fruit of the partnership was the twentieth Anniversary Simplicity, a restricted version of 20 items (plus one for the household). The 37 mm prototype No. 00 bought at public sale for CHF 1,361,000. The primary ten of the restricted version of 20 items had been allotted, whereas the second ten future house owners are being chosen by a lottery as demand was so excessive – 1000’s per day as Sfeir remarks.
On this Watches TV video, Sfeir and Dufour talk about the outcomes of the Phillips public sale that came about in November 2021, which provided a full set of the 4 Philippe Dufour items, watches demonstrating the complete span of his work as an unbiased watchmaker: the Grande et Petite Sonnerie No. 1 pocket watch (1989), the Grande et Petite Sonnerie wristwatch (1992), the Duality (1996), and the Simplicity (2004).
These 4 timepieces bought for CHF 2,329,000, CHF 4,749,000, CHF 3,660,000, and CHF 756,000 respectively, together with purchaser’s premium. That’s a complete of CHF 11,494,000, a historic second for unbiased watchmaking. On this video, Dufour explains what these outcomes imply to him personally and does get considerably emotional.
And in the event you pay attention rigorously, you may hear a touch dropped that one thing new may effectively be on the best way.
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