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visiting Philippe Dufour..

November 7 2006 at 10:23 AM

adrianNJ  (Login adrianNJ)
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as i said in my previous post, after we left Romain's offices we headed to Philippe Dufour place...

he makes his watches in a building that in the past housed a school...



signs pointing to watch heaven...



we arrived few minutes before the maestro...



we stepped inside...three desks...again, very young apprentices..









he is adjusting the precision of the movements...







some of Philippe's masterpieces on the wall...







Mark is explaining some of the tasks he is performing...



watchmaker's desk...



parts...







an intricate old movement...



a Simplicity waiting the final touches...



almost there...



finally Philippe showed up...





view outside the watchmakers' room...



a very nice table clock...



old movements...





Philippe talking with Mike and Carol...



all the parts are finished by hand...





Philippe telling us about the next 100 Simplicity watches...





extreme concentration in polishing the sides of all the parts...



small parts...







Maestro decided to show us how the Geneva stripes are made by hand....











the final product...



balance wheel with spring...





what a sight! a rose gold Simplicity in 37mm...absolutely beautiful...









in the end, Philippe showed us his beloved minute repeater...fantastic!!!



thank you Philippe for your time! it was a pleasure meeting you and your talented team!!!

i hope you enjoyed my short reports...if i made any mistakes i apologize as those were not intentional...

thanx for looking,
adrian

"How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven"

Robert Heinlein

 
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guy
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what a wonderful...

November 7 2006, 11:15 AM 

world ! Thanks for sharing

 
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Dje
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Thanks a lot...

November 7 2006, 1:37 PM 

Hi,

It will be ten years in a few month since I went there and it looks the same now (except for the Simplicity that was not existing yet).

Until I get the honour to wear permanently one of these I don't think I'll be able to stop hunting for watches.

Thanks a lot.

Dje

 
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Doc
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Thanks for fantasic pics!

November 7 2006, 1:55 PM 

A year since I had the honour to visit this Mecca of Horology
What I regret is that I didn't take so many pics,
but now when seeing yours,
it was anyhow unneccesary!
Thanks!
Doc

 
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jtbradley
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Thank you for all your work on these reports. Truly splendid!

November 7 2006, 3:43 PM 

John

 
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bernardcheong
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Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

November 7 2006, 5:01 PM 

The Simplicity has the perfect dimensions that lift it to a platform of its very own!

A reference watch for ALL three handed non complications.




 
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Ronald Held
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Yes must agree with this! (nt)

November 8 2006, 2:53 AM 

(NT)

 
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Ravination
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Great report Adrian!

November 7 2006, 5:27 PM 

The RG Simplicity is ridiculously beautiful.

 
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Christopher Meisenzahl
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Those are great, thanks! nt

November 7 2006, 6:39 PM 

nt

 
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ei8htohms
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wonderful posts, thanks Adrian!

November 7 2006, 6:45 PM 

Hi Adrian,

It looks like you folks had an amazing visit and I really appreciate you posting the pictures and stories for us. Thanks!

_john

 
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Allen
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Next 100 Simplicity watches?

November 7 2006, 8:09 PM 

Is he planning on another series?
Thanks for the posts!
Allen

 
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Ronald Held
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I thought that the 200 watches have all been bought and he is...

November 8 2006, 2:52 AM 

working on completing the last 100 of them?

 
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MTF
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Yanking your chain! >>

November 8 2006, 4:42 AM 



Maybe Robert is yanking your chain; se finis!

Regards, MTF

 
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jtbradley
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Oh yes, the next series will be the Complexity series...

November 8 2006, 10:32 AM 

And will run about 5x the price of the Simplicity. Get in line now.

 
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Ronald Held
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I presume that this is a joke? (nt)

November 9 2006, 3:03 AM 

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Deniz
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You turned right, I turned left >> the proof in picture

November 8 2006, 4:15 AM 


http://www.phase-de-lune.net/joux/joux.htm

Thank you for these pictures.

Deniz.

 
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mostel
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THANKS VERY MUCH

November 8 2006, 8:08 AM 

pant, pant, gasp, gasp.

 
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SteveG
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Thank you, Adrian, a cozy and inspiring visit!..............nt

November 8 2006, 6:57 PM 

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SRG
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Thank you so much for the "tour" - much appraciated! (nt)

November 8 2006, 8:41 PM 

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schen
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Thank you Adrian for the great report and so many fabulous pictures. [nt]

November 9 2006, 10:06 PM 


 
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