Rolex owns almost the entire mindshare of the watch market. Well, everything except movement finish, detail, and sheer beauty. Rolex movements are functional and finished to a mid-market level, but tonight's show goes for broke with the Philippe Dufour Simplicity as you've never seen it: extreme detail! If you love luxury watch movements, tonight's show is for you.
The Philippe Dufour Simplicity debuted in 2000 -- initially as a special inspired by the Japanese market. From 2000 to 2020, Philippe Dufour, the watchmaker on the dial, crafted a handful of watches per year to satisfy his sprawling waitlist of potential clients. With perhaps ten to twelve watches made per year, the Simplicity is one of the rarest and most sought modern watches. Tonight's show features one of the earliest examples of the Simplicity -- one of the first ten, in fact. The guilloche dial, welded-lug case, and immaculately decorated movement do justice to the reputation of master watchmaker Philippe Dufour.
Additional watch movement macros come in the form of watches from A. Lange & Sohne, De Bethune, MB&F, and Patek Philippe. Tim shares the Richard Lange Pour le Merite and its outstanding combination of a disappearing dial, tourbillon with hacking seconds, fusee and chain, and Seyffert scale regulator dial. The De Bethune DB28 Tourbillon Deadbeat Seconds thrills with its exotic technology. MB&F's HM7 Aquapod combines the aesthetic of a jellyfish with the functions of a dive watch. Finally, the Patek Philippe 5520P proves that a travel time alarm watch might be the most useful complicated watch in history.
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