For the third time, Phillips put independents front and centre of its sale, headlined by George Daniels. Connoisseurs packed the saleroom for the British auction house's May date, with the hammer coming down on several record-breaking lots.
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Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). From the Middle East, two ladies add their voices. Léa Claude Sfeir is head of Sfeir vintage and of the F.P. Journe boutique in Beirut. Melika Yazdjerdi is Senior Marketing & Communication Director of Seddiqi Holding in Dubai. Both are industry insiders, and one is also a collector in her own right.
Five collectors from around the globe tell us what makes the deal for them (or not). Robert M. Brenner, a physician from the Boston area, leads the way, followed in Parts II to V by voices from Toronto, Paris, Beirut / Dubai, and Singapore.
Created by Maxima Gallery, Watchmakers – The Masters of Art Horology opens this Friday April 6th in Rome before travelling to New York, Hong Kong and London. Museums and galleries, places where art is traditionally displayed, become the venues for the work of thirteen independent watchmakers.
A child of La Vallée de Joux and father of the legendary Simplicity, Philippe Dufour is considered a superstar by collectors the world over. Trails of pipe smoke, the gentle churning of antique machines, and scrupulous hand-finishing constitute the well-oiled mechanics of the master watchmaker's days. We met him at his workshop, on the ground floor of the old schoolhouse in Le Solliat.
Present on the Greubel Forsey stand with Michel Boulanger to present the Naissance d'une Montre project, Philippe Dufour looks back over the twelve years he spent making the 200 Simplicity watches. A series that has now come to an end.
Philippe Dufour doesn't have a stand at this year's Baselworld International Watch Show for the simple reason he has nothing to sell and is having to turn down orders. An opportunity for this purist to share a few thoughts.