Do You Know This Man?
Meet Philippe Dufour. He was born in the Vallée and went to the Sentier Technical School when he was 15 years old. He became a watchmaker in 1967 and was employed by Jaeger-le-Coultre where the master watchmaker Gabriel Locatelli gave him a great understanding of horology.
He next moved to the Caribbean Islands, returning to Switzerland in 1974 where he was employed by Audemars Piguet and Gerald Genta. While working for Osvaldo Patrizzi; he found his passion for old and very complicated watches, including quite a lot of repeaters. He also made five "grandes sonneries" for Audemars Piguet. In 1989 he finally made the decision to produce watches under his own name.
Since that time, Philippe Dufour emerged as one of the most sought after independent watchmakers in the world. His uncompromising search for perfection is what makes him so special!
He works alone (with the help of his daughter and of a young assistant) in his workshop, making nearly all the parts of his watches by himself and focusing on an incredible level of finishing and precision that cannot be found anywhere else today.