From a working-class family, Philippe Dufour becomes a watchmaker by chance. After years as an apprentice at Jaeger-LeCoultre, he goes abroad to gather experience then sets up on his own in 1978. He exhibits his first creation at Baselworld in 1992. Two models made him famous: Duality, with two adjusting mechanisms, and Simplicity, a neoclassical jewel which has remained unchanged for twelve years.
He sets up independently in a workshop in Vallée de Joux.
Philippe Dufour is a sensation at Baselworld with his Grande Sonnerie chiming wristwatch.
Launch of the Duality double winder watch.
Advent of the Simplicity watch. The production of all pieces would require twelve years of work.