Philippe Dufour simply set a brand new world document for impartial watchmakers with one exceptionally uncommon timepiece.
The watch in query is a Grande et Petite Sonnerie that offered for $7.33 million by way of A Collected Man on Monday. The rarity is now the costliest impartial watch ever offered and one of many high 10 priciest timepieces to alter palms publicly.
Handcrafted by Dufour, lauded as some of the essential dwelling impartial watchmakers, it’s one in all solely eight of its form in existence and the third of that lot to go away the grasp’s workshop. It was initially made for the Sultan of Brunei in 1995 and final appeared publicly virtually 10 years in the past.
The timepiece is a part of the watchmaker’s most intricate collection. The extremely sophisticated motion first appeared in a Grande Sonnerie minute repeater pocket watch that Dufour developed for Audemars Piguet, in response to the London vendor. Pissed off by a scarcity of private credit score for the design, the watchmaker then determined to streamline the motion for a wristwatch and produce it in his personal title.
The Grande Sonnerie took Dufour a decade to finish and required a lot painstaking work. The tip result’s a real feat of mechanical precision and melodic magnificence. Like all grande sonneries, the watch strikes on the hour and every quarter whereas additionally repeating the hour. It might probably additionally strike on the hour and at every quarter with out repeating the hour similar to a petite sonnerie. The grande or petite sonnerie mode might be activated by way of a selector slide that’s hidden below the watch’s hinged bezel. The pusher within the crown, in the meantime, can activate a minute repeater that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on-demand.
It’s not the primary Philippe Dufour to attain a sky-high asking worth. The marketplace for pre-owned impartial watches continues to increase and even the horologist’s much less unique timepieces have been attracting exorbitant figures. In October 2020, a Philippe Dufour Simplicity offered for $1.5 million at public sale.
“That is, fairly merely, some of the essential and coveted watches to have hit the market in latest instances,” Silas Walton, CEO and founding father of A Collected Man, stated in an announcement. “The Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie represents an absolute pinnacle of expertise, and is the results of years of painstaking work and unrelenting imaginative and prescient from one of many masters of recent watchmaking.”
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