Dufour Unplugged, page 3
The workflow for finishing and assembly
of the Simplicity is in accordance to the atelier style, meaning that one
watchmaker is completely responsible for finishing and assembly, and
In the picture below, each compartment, an example shown in red outline,
contains all the parts to make up a watch.
A view of the workshop is
shown below...under the clutter, the genius works.
Philippe takes a break
once in a while to enjoy his pipe...
The movement of the Simplicity. What can
I say? This is definitely one of the best designed, well finished movement
The design of the bridges follow a complex shape, which demands a level of
competency from the watchmaker that few today posses. The sensuous curves
of the main bridge is accentuated by two sharp horns to allow for the
protrusion of the jewel of the canon wheel. Seen below, marked B and C.
Marked D in the picture
above, shows the well executed inward turning point. The inward point is
particularly difficult to execute, and is seen here in perfection.
Many modern movements are cut on a CNC machine is finished by machine, and
are not able to achieve the sharp points illustrated in the Simplicity
Note also the dicourveture of the jewel framed by points B and C. This
chamfering of the bridge is also well polished, and shows smooth, clean
edges to allow the jewel of the canon pinion to shine.
Photograph note: this photograph was shot with available light of the sun
streaming in my window. See the brilliantly polished anglage of all the
bridges and cocks catching the glint of the natural light. Lens used was a
Sigma 28-70mm, mounted in reverse to allow for high magnification. Shot on
Canon EOS 630, with Fujicolor ISO200 film, scanned by drum scanner. Image
reduced by Photoshop CS. No sharpening or levels were used.
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