Philippe Dufour
Simplicity | Platinum | 37 mm

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Philippe Dufour
Simplicity | Platinum | 37 mm

Regular price

This very rare and early 37mm, platinum Philippe Dufour Simplicity, in its larger size and precious case metal, represents one of the most sought-after variants, of arguably the most coveted hand-made watch in the world. It was delivered in November 2002.

The Simplicity is thus far the only series-production watch to originate from the Atelier of the extraordinary Swiss, independent watchmaker, Philippe Dufour. Monsieur Dufour, a master of grand complications and finishing, based the Simplicity on traditional movement architecture and artistic expressions of the Vallée de Joux from 1850 to 1920. It reminds us so much about what was great about the 'Belle Époque' of watchmaking. An understated, elegant aesthetic married with a fantastically finished, manual-winding movement. The result is the most coveted watch of our times. Its rarity, with only 200 pieces made over the course of twelve years, no doubt adds to its desirability. However it is Monsieur Dufour's meticulous attention to all details of watchmaking that make the Simplicity such an outstanding expression of horological craftsmanship.

To describe the Simplicity, one must start inside-out, as it is the movement that is at the core of the design. The execution is perfect and sharp, yet not overwhelming; the polished, beveled curves of the anglage add depth and contrast effortlessly with the silver finishing. Impeccably clear pink rubies do the same. The overall effect is harmonious and balanced. The two gold plates, for the maker's name and the production number, are held in place by blued screws. Balance is kept in check. The quality is uncompromising, every single part is hand-finished, even the screws and their slots are beveled. The movement features a Breguet hairspring and a large balance wheel, with adjusting weights at the two arms for micro-timing. And there is no regulator, as all Philippe Dufour watches are free-sprung.  It has 52 hours of power reserve when fully wound.

Moving on to the front of the watch, the platinum, round case measures 37 mm and features a white gold crown. The solid silver dial has a sunburst finish, and features a painted, black minute track and applied Arabic numerals and index markers. An inner chapter, with stunning guilloché and Dauphine hands, humbly features a cartouche with the watchmaker's name. The sub-seconds register at six o'clock has concentric circles and black, painted markers. The overall design is very similar to the extremely refined version of Mr Dufour's very own, personal Simplicity. This Philippe Dufour Simplicity comes on a black alligator strap with a 18-carat white gold tang buckle.

A Collected Man is the approved re-seller of pre-owned Dufour watches, and thus authenticity on this Simplicity is guaranteed. Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: Philippe Dufour
Model: Simplicity
Movement: Mechanical manual-winding
Functions: Time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: Display back, guilloche dial
Case: 37 mm platinum
Crystal: Sapphire front and back
Bracelet: Black alligator strap with brown lining
Box & papers: Full set: original box and papers
This rare Philippe Dufour Simplicity watch is in mint condition and comes as a full set.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

Please note, that prices are quoted gross of VAT (unless expressly stated otherwise) and that preowned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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