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This 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.
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.
time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds
display back, guilloche dial
37 mm platinum
sapphire front and back
black Dufour alligator strap with brown lining
Box & papers:
original box and papers
This rare Philippe Dufour Simplicity is in excellent condition.
We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance, to everyone at A Collected Man.
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.
Our pre-owned watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by either a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. This excludes any damage sustained due to improper use or accident. Due to their age, some pre-owned watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when new.
Any of our pre-owned watches which have been serviced by their respective manufacturer, will carry the manufacturer’s servicing guarantee. This is separate and supersedes, the standard warranty offered by A Collected Man. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. You can write to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further clarification.
A Collected Man is also an authorised retailer for a number of watchmaking brands. These watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer.
We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.
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