Cover Four Philippe Dufour watches will be sold by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo this November (Photo: Phillips Auction House, exclusively for Tatler Asia)

The full set of Philippe Dufour watches will be offered by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo at the Geneva Watch Auction: XIV in November 2021

Tatler Asia has exclusively learned that Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo will offer a complete set of four fantastic Philippe Dufour watches at the Geneva Watch Auction: XIV in November 2021.

Dufour, who established his own eponymous brand in 1987 after spending several years as an independent watchmaker restoring antique and vintage pieces, is one of the industry’s most well-respected personalities. His creations frequently set new world records thanks to their exceptional rarity. Earlier this month, for example, a Philippe Dufour Grande et Petite Sonnerie Number 3 was sold for a bank-busting US$7.63 million by London-based dealer A Collected Man.

In addition to his Sonnerie wristwatches, which use tiny hammers and gongs to sound the time without any involvement from the wearer, Dufour is additionally famous for his Duality and Simplicity collections.

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According to Phillips, Duality, which was first made in 1996, was the very first dual escapement wristwatch, which regulates the timepiece's balance wheel and is critical for its accuracy.

Simplicity was Dufour’s first seralised model and pared a watch's design back to just three hands and an expertly decorated Swiss movement. Between 2000 and 2014, Dufour made around 200 of these watches, doubling what was initially supposed to be a limited series of 100.

What makes this most recent set of four Philippe Dufour tickers so exceptional is that they’ve never been auctioned before. It will additionally be the very first time that these four models will be offered by one auction house during a single season.

They are being presented by a private collector, says Phillips, and include the one-of-a-kind Grande & Petite Sonnerie Number 1 pocket watch in yellow gold (estimated between US$436,000–872,152), the Grande & Petite Sonnerie Number 1 wristwatch in yellow gold (estimated between US$1,090,000–2,180,000), the Duality Number 8 in pink gold (estimated between US$872,152–1,744,520) and the Simplicity 37 mm in platinum (estimated between US$272,581–545,176).

Interested? You have three months to call Zurich and move some money around.

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