Oct 21, 2016

Meeting Philippe Dufour, Legend of Traditional Watchmaking – Ep. 6 – WATCHMAKING ROADTRIP

Tags: Philippe Dufour, Traditional Watchmaking, Vallée de Joux, Watchmaking Roadtrip

After having visited some important and prestigious watch brands, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, it was time for our guys of the Watchmaking Roadtrip to experience something rather different as today we will encounter a legend of traditional watchmaking: Mr. Philippe Dufour.

We remained in the Vallée de Joux and Mr. Dufour warmly greeted us in his workshop where he crafts his watches all by himself. This atelier really makes you feel and understand where watchmaking comes from and it was with great attention that all the guys listened carefully to Mr. Dufour as he explained to us in much details his career, his experience, his thoughts on modern watchmaking and naturally showed us some of his timepieces.

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  • Andy Kiesling

    Andy Kiesling

    ahah loved the video and the energy coming fromt this video .. especially i lvoed the part srsly excited what is going on "and then you see a guy crying out of happiness " reminds me of the book/movie the perfume .. where in the end they start just have sex with each other cuz they are so excited and hiped up from the smell of the masterpiece of his final work!

    Dec 13, 2018

  • Mike Nickerson

    Mike Nickerson

    Philippe Dufour's watches are nowhere near as good as a seiko or casio. He'll, even Daniel Wellingtons watches are better crafted than Mr. Dufours watches. 😈😈😈

    Nov 29, 2018

  • jeffm0518


    What a splendid experience. Even two years after it took place for me to just now see the highlights of your trip. I felt like I was almost there with you. What an extraordinary man!

    Nov 17, 2018

  • Ed Gein

    Ed Gein

    The inventor of that camera has to be the single most fascinating person of the 20th century.

    Aug 27, 2018

  • IceCream TV

    IceCream TV

    Fantastic video, awe inspiring

    Mar 22, 2018

  • Rod Rodriguez

    Rod Rodriguez

    Great episode!

    Jan 07, 2018

  • Herman Ingram

    Herman Ingram

    I would at least put on a decent shirt and pair of slacks if I were to visit such a man. It is surprising to see Europeans dressed like American tourists. Great video, though!

    Dec 02, 2017

  • Anoni.mouse same

    Anoni.mouse same

    AWESOME. Thanks a million!

    Oct 24, 2017

  • Satya Rasyid Triabadi

    Satya Rasyid Triabadi

    he's getting older :(

    Oct 14, 2017

  • kenneth tape

    kenneth tape

    Sheer poetry :)

    Oct 07, 2017

  • chrisnack


    Just incredible...!

    Oct 02, 2017

  • Evgeni Krumov

    Evgeni Krumov

    Amazing. Truly. Thank you.

    Aug 15, 2017

  • biggles123ful


    I so enjoyed that episode, although I enjoy all your videos. To spend time with Mr Dufour must have been fantastic, and he seems such a nice chap. That is proper dedication to your art/craft. If I was young enough, I would give anything to serve as apprentice to such a wealth of knowledge. I hope he is passing this on to someone. Whoever that is, they are very fortunate.

    May 10, 2017

  • DC DC

    DC DC

    Thanks for this video that's is poetry is amazing is living legend

    May 05, 2017

  • Morteza Alavizadeh

    Morteza Alavizadeh

    As always a fun, informative video. But that VW Type 2 really stole the show for me ;)

    Apr 04, 2017

  • Daniel Arief

    Daniel Arief

    Ha! You guys got totally star struck and puking rainbow all over. Just watching already made my day. Ty for sharing

    Feb 19, 2017

  • stockegsix


    When Mr. Dufour speaks, you shut up and listen. What an awesome experience guys. I envy you all.

    Feb 17, 2017

  • BernhardRottweiler


    What a beautiful studio...full of machines and tools. Mr. Dufour is a charismatic person, no question. What he does is art. I imagine him sitting there alone in his studio, concentrated while solving a problem... ...then he glances out the window while big snowflakes are falling continuously... I can literally smell the pipe tobacco in my mind - a wonderful craft that sadly is dying.

    Jan 29, 2017

  • pennfootball


    I am drooling! wow!!

    Jan 22, 2017

  • D. Bühler

    D. Bühler

    "Its like meeting Leonardo Da Vinci". This statement proofs that he is a real watch guy. So passionate!

    Jan 20, 2017

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