It is really hard to photo the immutable Philippe Dufour reaching any amount of hysteria about modern selling prices staying compensated for his scarce and beautiful timepieces.
The concept that just one of his Grande et Petite Sonnerie watches would offer for $7.63 million should boggle the intellect as a great deal as it delights the watchmaker.
A combination of severe shortage, outstanding craftsmanship and artistry and the point that Mr Dufour will not be making watches with his possess fingers for extremely a lot extended, is driving collectors to seize on any option to acquire a single of his items as if they ended up shopping for a Da Vinci at a time when the Renaissance artist was nearing the close of his working life.
Next the sale earlier this month of the Grande et Petite Sonnerie by A Collected Man, Phillips in Affiliation with Bacs & Russo has discovered it will be providing 4 Philippe Dufour creations at this autumn’s The Geneva Check out Auction: XIV.
Under no circumstances right before noticed at auction, the watches are coming from a one personal collector and consist of an instance of each of the 4 timepieces that Philippe Dufour has created in his own title.
“This established of four Philippe Dufour timepieces has been an epiphanous instant for us. Featuring his 4 creations — the Grande & Petite Sonnerie pocket observe, Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch, Duality and Simplicity — is truly humbling. Dufour is a residing icon and his creations are as coveted as oeuvres by the best artists of our time,” say Aurel Bacs, senior expert Bacs & Russo and Alexandre Ghotbi, head of watches, Continental Europe and Middle East at Phillips.
Philippe Dufour Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch in yellow gold
The quartet of watches incorporates the incredibly initial in a series of five white enamel dialed Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatches manufactured by Mr Dufour and the only piece in yellow gold.
It has been given an estimate of CHF 1million to 2 million ($1,090,000 – $2,180,000).
“How awe-hanging that we are offering the quite 1st Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch at any time made,” Mr Bacs and Mr Ghotbi carry on. “We are honored to have been entrusted with this assortment from an owner who experienced the vision and enthusiasm to patiently assemble a selection like no other. Dufour’s lifetime output is scaled-down than paintings by masters these as Modigliani and Mannet and for any Dufour connoisseur, this assortment signifies the Grand Slam of Dufour gathering.”
Philippe Dufour Grande & Petite Sonnerie pocket check out
Along with a Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch, Phillips is also selling a edition of a pocket view Mr Dufour first made for Audemars Piguet.
He by no means felt he was thoroughly credited for the pocket watch’s development, which triggered his determination to get started up beneath his individual name. His first development was his personal variation of the pocket check out that he made in the late 1980s. The case in point made available by Phillips is quantity 1 and the only Dufour Grande & Petite Sonnerie pocket observe with his identify on the dial.
It is provided with an estimate of CHF 400,000 to CHF 800,000 ($436,000 to $872,152).
Completing the established are illustrations of Philippe Dufour’s Duality and Simplicity watches.
Philippe Dufour Duality
Mr Dufour’s inspiration for the Duality arrived from a few 1930s college pocket watches from the Vallée de Joux watchmaking faculty – the school from which he graduated.
These pocket watches had a one equipment teach offering ability to two stability wheels as a result of a differential. The moment once again, like with his sonnerie wristwatch, Mr Dufour shrunk the system to wristwatch dimensions and introduced it as the Duality in 1996 as the world’s very first wristwatch incorporating a double escapement.
Featuring two independent balance wheels compensated with a central differential gear, the system improves accuracy when also countering the effects of gravity.
He initially planned to develop 25 but only 9 were designed like an case in point with motion amount 00 that bought in 2017 for shut to $1 million.
The instance at The Geneva Look at Auction: XIV is one particular of only a few created in pink gold.
It has an estimate of CHF 800,000 to CHF 1.6 million ($872,152 to $1,744,520).
Philippe Dufour Simplicity
Final, but by no signifies least, is a 37mm Simplicity, numbered 57, Philippe Dufour’s a few-hand watch that he applied to specific himself however hand finishing and decoration.
Even though there are much more Simplicities than any of Mr Dufour’s other watches, fewer than a dozen are made for every calendar year.
Phillips has specified its case in point an estimate of CHF 250,000 to CHF 500,000 ($272,581 – $545,176).