When you address in-your-face watch nerds, there is one name that reliably gets raised in conversation. Mr Philippe Dufour. There are not very many proprietors of such watches and we’re adequately fortunate to have one in the Collector’s Series, for the sake of Peter Chong, a genuine prepared gatherer with positively the absolute most excellent watches around. Peter established Deployant with 2 other close companions in 2014 and runs the publications. A week ago we had the chance to examine what many would depict as their definitive vessel watch, the Philippe Dufour Simplicity.
Peter Chong is a veteran watch gatherer. He has been a functioning commentator in the business since the 1990. He established the Lange Forum on Timezone.com in 1997, and keeps on directing the gathering right up ’til today. He resigned from a functioning commercial life in the flight business in 2010 to compose the book “A. Lange & Söhne: The Pour le Mérite Collection”. The huge foot stool book was distributed in 2011, and he chose to avoid dynamic commercial life to add to building horological communities. Peter is energetic about the better things throughout everyday life, and other than watches, appreciates fine cooking, bespoke fitting and fine shoes. In 2014, he proceeded with his excursion in establishing the profoundly trustworthy blog Deployant with 2 other close friends.
Now moving the watch and the man behind it. Philippe Dufour has been an expert watchmaker for more than 20 years. He spent his initial years sharpening his specialty at the lights of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet. He at that point started making his own works of art in 1989. Within the horological world, a large number of the most all around regarded producers, for example, Mr Dufour are respected with participation into the Horological Academy of Independent Creators (AHCI) . In The Simplicity, Mr Dufour’s most respected creation, many accept he made an almost amazing time-just watch. It is the embodiment of refinement, balance and uncompromising craftsmanship.
When did you initially get into watches?
About 25 years ago.
Tell us about the first occasion when you saw the Philippe Dufour Simplicity and what went on which coming about in your purchase?
I was at BaselWorld 2000, and according to my standard practice back then, I went to the AHCI corner. Furthermore, met with my old companion Philippe Dufour. He pulled me aside, and showed me his new watch. He took it out from the presentation case, and gave me a loupe. I inspected the watch, and was completely stunned. The watch was great! Almost…but a greater amount of that later.
The completing was thoroughly dazzling. I started enquiries, and discovered that he had just completed the watch the day preceding the reasonable. He had begun work on a basic watch, having cut his name with the main Grande Sonnerie wristwatches and the exceptionally complicated Duality. He said, the least complex is frequently the most complicated. Work began on 7 September 1999. 7 September is my birthday, so that was an extraordinary importance to me, the watch was brought into the world the very day as me.
But the underlying Simplicity was not absolutely great. It was excessively little. The case width was just 34mm. What’s more, it looked too little on my wrist. I revealed to him that, however he shook his head and answered that the traditional men’s watch from the Vallee de Joux was that size. I spent the following not many months attempting to persuade him that he expected to present a bigger defense. At that point on a visit to Singapore about a year later, he gave me a drawing for a Simplicity in case size 37mm. Being Dufour, it was anything but a basic matter of placing a similar movement in a bigger case. He carefully extended the plates so it can find a way into a 37mm case without a movement ring. Furthermore, it must be satisfying to his basic eye regarding aesthetics.
Immediately, I got three different companions and we set a store for the initial four in 37mm. All in rose gold, all with the lacquered metal dial with roman numerals. By then no 1 was at that point sold, it was 34mm in any case, so I selected no 7. It was conveyed in July 2002.
When/how could you get the Philippe Dufour Simplicity? That more likely than not been a vital day…
Yes surely it was, however I was not around to get it. It showed up when I was voyaging. On the off chance that you Google “Conveyance of four Dufour Simplicities in Singapore”, you will get a report composed by one of the four of us who requested and was conveyed the Simplicity.
In your brain, is Philippe Dufour the apex of watchmaking?
Yes (no different words needed).
What do you appreciate most about the Philippe Dufour Simplicity?
Its discreteness and simplicity. I additionally thoroughly love the completing, particularly the movement. Also, realizing that Philippe dealt with my watch, I know since I really visited him and saw the improvement of the development and completing over the one year that it took him.
Can you disclose to us more about that wonderful dial?
Its a metal dial made by Metalem for Dufour.
What’s inside the Simplicity?
A movement planned and wrapped up by Philippe Dufour. The movement plates are made by an external CNC house. See this article I composed while my Simplicity was being made here .
Do you will in general go for feel over brand/producer heritage?
Both. Feel is a cleanliness factor. It needs to look excellent, however I don’t search out to purchase the most tastefully satisfying watch ever. To me the completing (movement, case, dial and hands) are similarly significant. The legacy of the creator is just a single more modest component.
How much wrist time does it get?
Very little. I take it out to wear just on uncommon occasions.
Can an authority at any point be fully happy with his/her collection?
Yes. I’m fulfilled. I have halted collecting.
What recommendation would you provide for somebody considering beginning a collection?
Buy what you like. Go out gander at the watches. Use assets like web, Facebook groups, gatherings to get your data and examine with the members. In any case, it is critical to proceed to give the watches a shot your wrist. On first attempt, don’t purchase. Return home. Rest over it for seven days. Return and purchase the one which addresses you over the course of the week. On the off chance that none address you, proceed with your hunt. Tune in to different gatherers and specialists, yet just as an information point. You need to take a gander at the watch each day, ensure you love it.
When gathering do you think its imperative to adhere to a brand or a classification (Patek/IWC or aeronautics/dive)