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F.P. Journe, Philippe Dufour, and More Independents with Mike Shani | Collector Conversation

The dedication to craftsmanship, creativity, ingenuity, and technical achievement has propelled independent watchmakers like François-Paul Journe, Philippe Dufour, and Roger Smith into the spotlight. And while many experienced collectors are just now turning their attention to the category, Mike Shani has been drawn to these masters of modern watchmaking for over two decades. His collection reflects some of the most technically and aesthetically exquisite watches out there, and we were thrilled to welcome him to WatchBox’s global headquarters for this special Collector’s Conversation with George Mayer. If you already follow Mike on Instagram – – you may recognize some of the highlights explored today. Among them are the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Coeur de Rubis with its spectacular ruby dial, a very early edition of Journe’s Tourbillon Souverain with a big dial screw, a uniquely customized Chronomètre Optimum, and the Roger Smith Series 2. The guys also discuss watches that didn’t make the trip to Philly with Mike, including his Philippe Dufour Simplicity and the first Journe, a Chronomètre à Résonance. What draws you to independent watchmakers? If you had the opportunity to forge a relationship with one of the living watchmaking legends of today, who would it be? Comment below and let us know! Check out OUR HOUSE, the new WatchBox newsletter: Please Subscribe: View hundreds of hands-on luxury watch reviews at our WatchBox Reviews channel: Instagram: BUY WATCHES HERE: