The Road To Basel Episode 2: Inside The Atelier With The...

The Road To Basel Episode 2: Inside The Atelier With The Legendary Philippe Dufour

On the road from Geneva to the sleepy village of Le Solliat in the Vallée de Joux, one will drive past the likes of Audemars Piguet, of Patek Philippe, of Blancpain and Breguet, of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin. This one road is home to what is the vast majority of the finest mechanical watchmakers on the planet - the epicenters of horological micro-engineering that we fawn over on the wrists of friends, at the annual trade shows, and on auction catalog covers. And yet, when we drove down this very road last month en route to Basel World 2013, it wasn’t any of these grande manufactures for which I was giddy with excitement. No, it was a visit to a small schoolhouse turned one-man watch studio that had me grinning from ear to ear. It was a visit to the atelier of legendary independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour, and here we document this incredible morning we spent together.

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