Philippe Dufour’s uncommon watches are among the many most sought-after made by a dwelling unbiased watchmaker. This fall, a few of his rarest items might be up for grabs on the similar time.
On Thursday, Phillips in affiliation with Bacs & Russo introduced that it’ll promote 4 Philippe Dufour watches within the Geneva Watch Public sale: XIV this November. The lot contains the first-ever Grande & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch in yellow-gold, alongside the Swiss grasp’s coveted Duality watch in pink gold and a Simplicity reference in platinum. For the primary time ever, collectors will have the ability to bid on a singular Grande & Petite Sonnerie pocket watch in yellow-gold, which completes the set. The public sale marks the primary time in historical past that every one 4 watches might be provided by one public sale home throughout a single season.
The watches had been beforehand owned by a personal collector who saved them in pristine situation. The distinctive Grand & Petite Sonnerie pocket watch, lot primary, is the primary of those advanced watches Dufour made as an unbiased watchmaker, and the one one to bear his identify on the dial. It’s anticipated to promote for between $436,000 and $872,152.
The Grand & Petite Sonnerie wristwatch within the sale is one among eight Dufour made, and one among solely 5 examples with white enamel dials. The timepiece was the primary to carry the difficult-to-master grand and petite sonnerie complication all the way down to wristwatch measurement, and this instance, the primary within the sequence, is predicted to promote for between $1,090,000 and $2,180,000. Earlier this month, the third watch within the sequence bought for $7.63 million, which makes the estimate for this watch really feel like small potatoes by comparability.
Dufour’s Duality watch was launched in 1996 and took inspiration from the so-called college watches made at his alma mater, the Vallée de Joux watchmaking college, within the Nineteen Thirties. With solely 9 examples made, the piece is called the primary wristwatch to include a double escapement. (It options two unbiased steadiness wheels compensated with a central differential gear that improves accuracy whereas additionally countering the results of gravity.) It’s anticipated to promote for between $872,142 and $1,744,520.
Final however not least, the sale will characteristic a Simplicity watch, Dufour’s beloved time-only watch. Although it doesn’t characteristic an revolutionary complication, collectors search them out as a result of they’re completed at maybe the very best stage you’ll see on a three-hand watch. It’s additionally extra frequent than a few of his different work: this one, quantity 57, is an earlier instance of the sequence. It’s anticipated to promote for between $272,581 and $545,176.
“We’re honored to have been entrusted with this assortment from an proprietor who had the imaginative and prescient and keenness to patiently assemble a group like no different,” stated Phillips’s head of watches Alex Ghotbi and Bacs & Russo’s senior marketing consultant Aurel Bacs in a joint assertion. “Dufour’s lifetime output is smaller than work by masters resembling Modigliani and Mannet and for any Dufour connoisseur, this assortment represents the Grand Slam of Dufour accumulating.”
For extra data on the Geneva Watch Public sale: XIV and Philippe Dufour’s watches, go to Phillips.com.