A simple get together

The Philippe Dufour Simplicity is a watch of myth for many. It is reputed to be the best finished modern wristwatch in the world. The Simplicity has competitors, like the Voutilainen Vingt-8, but it is still legendary. Mr Dufour is so good at that Seiko approached him for guidance in finishing their superlative Credor Spring Drive Eichi.

I will publish more detailed photos soon but in the mean time here are some photos of a trio of Simplicities. From left to right: 37 mm rose gold with lacquer dial, 37 mm white gold with grey guilloche dial and 34 mm white gold with silver guilloche dial. Between the lacquer and guilloche I very much prefer the latter.

Despite its dimunitive size the 34 mm sits well on the wrist. This size was the original conceived by Mr Dufour until clients requested a larger case. It has tremendously old-fashioned charm. Even the view from the back is more elegant; the movement fills far more of the case. Mr Dufour himself wears a 34 mm Simplicity too.

And for those wondering, the owner of the rose gold watch likes to set his watches a bit fast.


One of the watchmakers profiled in this excellent book on independent watchmaking is Mr Dufour himself

Back to top.

You may also enjoy these.

Up Close With The Incredible Philippe Dufour Simplicity

All the attention is on Baselworld 2012, but for those who wants a diversion, here is something Simplistic for your enjoyment. Arguably the best finished contemporary wristwatch in the world, the Philippe Dufour Simplicity.

Strong results for Philippe Dufour Sonneries at Sotheby's

Exclusive: Revealing Four, Just-Delivered Philippe Dufour Simplicity "Special Editions" Beyond the Original Run

Widely regarded as the timepiece with the most remarkable movement decoration made in recent history, the Philippe Dufour Simplicity has become a cult object prized by collectors, especially since only 200 were made - until now.