More and more the people behind the watches (and behind the brands) are beginning to overshadow the assemblage of gears and springs.
I used to be willing to overlook hypocrisy or lousy humanity, if the product was intriguing or beautiful enough.
Less and less I am willing to do this, and more and more, no matter how much I might like the product, I will not own it or even admire it from afar, if I know the creator or brand executive to be two faced or lack personal integrity or lack "humanity" - whatever that means.
I don't know Mr. Smith well (and we have had more than a few chances for this to be corrected, but it didn't) and I have lost touch with Mr. Dufour.
But I will say that from my recent interactions and candid discussions with Mr. Journe and his key persons,
a) I respect the thought that goes into each and every product and component.
b) I respect their business acumen.
c) I respect and appreciate their working principles.
Thus, if I were ever again to be in a position to purchase a timepiece of this level, based upon my feelings and knowledge at this point in time, my choice would be, without hesitation, a Journe.