Month: April 2019

Pedestrians To Jane Avenue Independent Watchmaker Philip Dufour

Philippe Dufour, a child of the Swiss Jura Valley and father of the legendary Simplicity, is a superstar in the hearts of watch collectors worldwide. The portable pipe turns into clouds, antique machine operation and handling, and elaborate hand retouching constitute the daily life of Philip Dufour.

The white coat and loupe on the forehead are typical of watchmakers; the creative sparks in the eyes, the antique pipe in the mouth and the Simplicity watch on the hand are the unique style of Philip Dufour.
 In the field of traditional fine watchmaking, all roads lead to the same route, right in front of Philip Dufour. His studio is located on Le Solliat; if you move on, you’ll find notable watchmakers whose factories line the road and weave into a net around the Jura Valley. Philip Dufour’s studio is an inconspicuous building. It used to be a rural school. There are no shiny nameplates on the walls and no conspicuous sign telling pedestrians that behind this seemingly ordinary door, there is a well-received Master watchmaker revered by collectors worldwide. Innocent, prudent, and concise.

For others, this workbench is cluttered, but Philip Dufour knows which tool is where.
 Since Philip Dufour changed the classroom to a studio in 1995, there has always been a cloud of tobacco, mixed with ancient wood and metal. Philip Dufour was there to welcome visitors, even if they were unknown. Of the five workbenches, only two are in use. One of them, of course, was Philip Dufour himself. Dozens of tools, files, grinders, and gentian wood were scattered on the workbench, arranged in a system that only Philip Dufour could understand, and he sat between parts, sketches and cases, and chose to use. The other table belongs to the watchmaker Paco. Paco has now retired from Audemars Piguet, and for the past year he has been assisting Philip Dufour “part-time”, just like a young apprentice. Silence came to an end in a cluttered and organized studio. Outside the window, fields and forests stretch to infinity.

Sitting in front of the workbench, looking out the window, the beautiful rural scenery is in my eyes. In the transitional area between grassland and forest, Philip Dufour volunteered as a nature caregiver.
Watchmaker Without Borders
 Philip Dufour was born in a working family in the Jura Valley in 1948 and is one of four children in the family. ‘My father had polio and my brother left the family early. So when I turned 15, my parents wanted me to stay by my side and learn a craft in the valley,’ recalled Philip Dufour. ‘I have a quick mind and flexible hands, but mathematics is not my strength. Someone told me that I am only suitable as a watchmaker, so I can’t really say that I chose my profession.’

There are dozens of antique machines on display in the studio, filled with oil and tobacco.

Tobacco pipes, gifts (for admirers), clocks and (imaginarily filled with treasures) kitchen cabinets, Philip Dufour’s studio is full of amazing things.
 In 1967, Philip Dufour graduated from the Ecole Technique school in Le Sentier. Eager to take risks, he packed his luggage and flew to Germany to start his career in the Jaeger-LeCoultre after sales department. Soon after, Philip Dufour was sent across the Channel to restructure the brand’s after-sales service in the UK. After that, he waved farewell to Europa and went to St. Croix. St. Croix, an island in the Caribbean, 25 miles long, was home to 14 watchmaking ‘factories’. For two years, Philip Dufour hone his eyesight and skills under the neon lights of the General Watch Company. Later, as the dollar devalued and the factory closed, Philip Dufour had no choice but to bid farewell to the lush palm trees and the scorching sun. These early experiences led him to a belief: ‘Watchmaking is universal and can be achieved anywhere.’

Two models of Simplicity.

Thanks to the exquisite hand retouching, the back of the watch made by Philip Dufour is just as deep and charming.
 At the height of the ‘Quartz Crisis’, Philip Dufour resolutely returned to his hometown. After a short suspension in Audemars Piguet, in 1978, Philip Dufour established his own portal. After his outstanding achievements at Audemars Piguet, after issuing the Declaration of Independence, Philip Dufour devoted himself to the repair of watches and the development of complex timepieces. It was a difficult time, struggling to maintain ultimate success. ‘Repair work has kept me going for five years,’ he said. ‘Introduced in 1992, Simplicity was released in 2000, and finally I reversed the situation in 2003.’

Work by Philip Dufour: the first Simplicity watch, 34 mm in diameter.

Simplicity watch in rose gold, 37 mm in diameter, is more modern.
Highly respected in Japan
 At that time, Philip Dufour did not know that Simplicity (n ° 000 never left his wrist) would be his magical and masterpiece. Only the central hours, minutes and offset small seconds are displayed. This is a lesson of classicalism, but it is a ‘welcome’ and a warm welcome, especially by Japanese fans. In 17 years, 120 of the 204 watches made by Philip Dufour were worn by Japanese watch fans. Just like his friend Anthony Peixo (by the way, it was Anthony Peixo who suggested to Philip Dufour to create an exclusive watch for the Japanese market) that Philip Dufour was very popular in the country of sunrise Highly respected. ‘I receive two to three email requests every week, but I hate working under pressure. I set a deadline. Remember a British buyer who agreed to wait six years for a watch!’ Nearly Rare, but retirement is still not on the agenda. The Duality double escapement watch launched by Philip Dufour in 1996 may not be as successful as Simplicity, but there are still about 60 requests waiting, just lack of time.

Thanks to Paco, after he retired from Audemars Piguet, Philip Dufour found the ideal ‘apprentice’ to assist him.

Le Solliat Village School before 1995, Philip Dufour’s studio is on the first floor of the building.
Loyal fans
 In addition to trying to keep up with Simplicity watch orders with Paco’s assistance, Philip Dufour also plans to re-create the self-reliance minute repeater pocket watch to meet the wishes of a Chinese collector. He also has several plans to travel to Japan, and Philip Dufour regularly teaches at the Tokyo Watch School, especially hand-painted courses such as chamfering and countersinking-techniques he himself never learned while in school. Philip Dufour deeply regrets this, ‘What the watchmaking company needs to teach students. Knowledge, traditional hand retouching, all withered, and I am doing my best to reduce losses.’ So Philip Dufour Seoul’s studio is always open to people who want to explore the mysteries of watchmaking. Of course, there are investors. The disillusioned invisible clouds drifted from Philip Dufour’s pipe. The former rural school has now become the hall of fine watchmaking. ‘I am only myself,’ Philip Dufour said with a smile. ‘I said what I thought. At my age, I have the right to be qualified.’ Philip Dufour is a true watchmaker and hand Craftsman, and Simplicity watch is his perfect reflection, like a loud voice, an invisible elephant, a simple road.

Urban Yake Tudor Classic Series Weekly Calendar Watch Brief Comment

The night is coming and the lanterns are at the beginning. This is the end of a busy day and the beginning of the colorful nightlife of urban yaks. Put on your favorite suit, meet your favorite girl, have a romantic candlelight dinner, or call friends and friends for a drink, at this time, an elegant watch will definitely become this bustling The finishing touch of the night. For urban yaks who know how to enjoy life, the night never ends at the end of the day, but the beginning of the time that truly belongs to them after the end of the day’s hard work. Today’s Watch House brings you a day calendar watch of the Tudor Classic series, the official model: 23013-62113.

This watch not only adheres to the rugged and durable quality that Tudor has always had, but also has a beautiful appearance. The pleasing design is full of attractive charm.

The case diameter of this watch is 41 mm. The case is made of gold and stainless steel. The classic case shape penetrates Tudor’s rugged product concept, giving a solid and reliable impression.

A gold-toned beveled bezel gives this watch a tough temperament. The bezel is polished with matte and satin finishes. The precious metal material’s gloss is fully exposed. It is equipped with a sapphire crystal glass. The light is clear.

This watch is equipped with a classic easy-to-use triangular pitted gold crown, and the top of the crown is printed with the Tudor shield logo, demonstrating its brand identity.

This watch is equipped with a gold strap. Through different surface treatments between the strap links, this watch has become a luxury wristwatch with rich levels.

The thickness of this watch is moderate, the sides of the case are polished with satin, the lines are rounded and smooth, revealing a bit of elegant classic temperament, but also a bit of unique fashion taste.

This watch uses an easy-to-wear stainless steel folding clasp. The shield-shaped logo on the clasp is just like Tudor’s solid and reliable brand quality, which highlights the brand identity of this watch.

The lines of the lugs and the case are in a streamlined form, one-size-fitted, soft and rigid, and the satin-polished surface treatment not only contains the classic charm, but also cleverly echoes the surface treatment of the strap.

The black dial is like the night sky of a bustling city. It is deep but not lonely, but low-key but not monotonous. For urban yaks, the fall of night is just the beginning of more colorful life.

The sheet-shaped bar pointer exudes a tough temperament, revealing a unique elegance and charm, and the center of the pointer is filled with fluorescent materials for easy reading at night.

Except for the 3 o’clock and 12 o’clock positions, the other scales on the dial are inlaid with a gold jewellery base and embedded with a brilliant-cut diamond as the hour markers.

The 3 o’clock position of the dial is equipped with a calendar display window. The concise white background and black text design are easy to read. The perimeter of the window is also polished with a fine slope, highlighting the brand’s delicate watchmaking process.

A fan-shaped window opened at 12 o’clock on the dial shows the week in full spelling form, and a gold inlaid shield logo below highlights its noble brand blood.

This watch has a dense bottom design and is water-resistant to 100 meters. A simple 2834 mechanical movement with a self-winding movement is mounted under the simple back cover. The frequency of the movement is 28,880 times per hour, which can provide about 38 hours of power. reserve.

Summary: As a representative of classic watches, the Tudor Classic Weekly Calendar Collection combines stylish appearance, precise functions and reliability. The exquisite gold case of this day-of-the-week watch has a diameter of 41mm, which is in line with the current trend of large dials. On the black dial, a 12 o’clock fan-shaped week display and a 3 o’clock calendar display are concise and clean, reflecting the gold triangular pit pattern of the bezel, which is full of fashion atmosphere. Automatic mechanical movement, 100 meters waterproof, excellent performance. (Picture / Text Watch House Xiao Sen)