Philippe Dufour Simplicity | rose gold | 37 mm | No. 17

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This 37mm, rose-gold Philippe Dufour Simplicity, with a white lacquer dial, 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. Numbered 17 this is one of the earliest pieces, delivered in April 2004. In fact, it’s only a few digits along from a similar rose-gold, 37mm lacquer dial Simplicity, (No.11), that sold in November 2016 at auction in Hong Kong, for $257,000.

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 circa 210 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 rose-gold, round case, measures 37 mm. The white lacquer dial features a painted, black minute track and roman numerals. The centre of the dial, humbly features a cartouche of the watchmaker's name. It has a painted sub-seconds register at six o'clock , with concentric circles and black, painted Roman numerals to mark ten second increments. The hour and minute hands are blued-steel Breguet. This Philippe Dufour Simplicity comes on a black alligator strap with an 18-carat rose gold tang buckle, with its original box and papers.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

The watch is exempt from VAT if purchased from the United States (from which it’s on temporary export) or Hong Kong. If purchased from elsewhere, it will attract the normal VAT or import duty levied, as if exported from the United States to that country. No returns are accepted on this watch.
Brand: Philippe Dufour
Model: Simplicity No. 17
Movement: mechanical manual-winding
Functions: Time-only: Hours, Minutes, Sub-seconds
Features: sapphire front and back, display back, lacquer dial
Case: 18-carat rose gold 
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: black alligator strap with rose gold tang buckle
Year: April 2004
Box & papers: original box and papers
This Philippe Dufour Simplicity watch and comes as a full set, with box and papers. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

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 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. 

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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.

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