What I’ve always personally liked about Philippe Dufour as a man is his straight-forward way of approaching watchmaking. None of the glitz or smoke and mirrors of today’s watch industry even remotely interests him. To say he is a traditionalist would be both correct but also misleading. The term “traditionalist” is often associated with someone stodgy and stuck in their ways – resistant to change and persuasion. That doesn’t characterize Mr. Dufour at all. More accurately, it is safe to say that Philippe is an advocate of hand-finishing timepieces because that is how they become as beautiful as possible. If anything, Mr. Dufour is happy to adapt and adjust as the situation calls for it – but when it comes to his craft, even modern technology hasn’t really given a lot of tools to help that much.
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