Plenary Session of Four Horological Masters at Super Machines & Horological Heroes  0 Comments


On the evening of 26th Sept, Philippe Dufour, Roger Smith, Kari Voutiliannen and Laurent Ferrier (all four each own and run brands under their name) sat together on stage to share their thoughts to questions posed by collectors. Vianney Halter was also invited but he was not medically fit to fly to Singapore. The moderator, Mr Kevin Tan opened the session by taking questions from the audience. The four masters fielded many questions but only a few had answers that were either surprising or reassuring.

For example, Dufour renowned for his class leading finishing that made his simple three handed watch, the Simplicity - said that watches do not need to be finished well. High level of finishing is a luxury and as such skills and talent for that feature is not widely available.

When the panel was asked what watch each of them would recommend to new collectors (budget between $10,000 to $20,000), Dufour suggested Nomos as a brand worthy of collecting. Smith and Ferrier suggested Rolex, which seemed both surprising (as it is a brand on the other end of the spectrum of independents) and safe answer (as experienced collectors recommend this to new collectors).

The interesting part of their responses is that both Smith and Ferrier mentions that Rolex is renowned for its reliability and both advocate the philosophy of good watchmaking is about making a reliable watch to last for generations - and that in their opinion as watchmakers, Rolex is successful in making watches that will continue to be around for years.

Ferrier volunteered another comment to the same question by suggesting new collectors to pick up vintage pieces at auctions that are certified to be running in good condition. The simple logic being that if their movements have lasted for several decades, they will continue to do so for a very long time - unlike new calibres that possibly suffer from teething problems.

The hour long session ended all too quickly and after it came to a close, the four masters spent two hours answering private questions and taking photos with their fans.




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