Give Me Five! From The 2015 Bovet Collection
by Ian Skellern
Bovet is one of the quiet achievers in Swiss watchmaking; this brand seems to make little noise, just keeps its imaginary head down and busy developing sensational timepieces.
Here are a just few from the Bovet collection that caught my eye at the brand’s January exhibition in Geneva: Amadeo Fleurier Miss Audrey, Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso Tourbillon V, Amadeo Fleurier Braveheart Tourbillon, Récital 12 Monsieur Dimier, and Récital 15. The names are as poetic as the watches.
Amadeo Fleurier Miss Audrey
The 36 mm Miss Audrey is part of the Amadeo Fleurier collection, which is characterized by a quick-release system for easily converting the wristwatch into a pocket watch and vice versa. Miss Audrey features a guilloche dial and an automatic winding movement. It also comes with a strap so it can be worn as a wristwatch, while a chain turns it into a pendant.
Quick Facts Amadeo Fleurier Miss Audrey
Case: 36 mm, stainless steel, convertible system allowing it to be worn as a wristwatch, pendant, or used as a table clock, diamonds on bezel and bow, sapphire cabochons on bow and crown
Dial: guilloche, available in blue or brown
Movement: automatic Caliber 11BA15
Functions: hours, minutes
Price: 19,500 Swiss francs
Récital 12 Monsieur Dimier
The Récital 12 Monsieur Dimier is distinguished by the fact that it is powered by the first movement developed and manufactured entirely by Dimier 1738 (Bovet’s manufacture, which is located in Tramelan) regulated by a non-tourbillon movement. It can also be transformed quickly into either a wristwatch or pocket watch. The Récital 12 Monsieur Dimier features a very healthy seven-day power reserve (seven days of optimal power, that is) and the collection’s characteristic three-handed second hand.
Quick Facts Récital 12 Monsieur Dimier
Case: 42 mm, red or white gold
Movement: manually wound Caliber 13DM01, seven-day power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; power reserve indicator
Amadeo Fleurier Tourbillon Virtuoso V
With its intricately engraved dial, five-day power reserve, 60-second tourbillon, jump hours, and retrograde minutes, the Tourbillon Virtuoso V has it all. Impressively, the jump hour, retrograde minutes, and power reserve indicator are all co-axial, yet the watch isn’t overly thick. And as it can be used as a wristwatch, pocket watch or table clock, the Virtuoso Tourbillon V is really three fantastic timepieces in one.
Quick Facts Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso Tourbillon V
Case: 44 mm, red or white gold, convertible system allowing it to be worn as a wristwatch, pendant, or used as a table clock
Movement: manually wound Caliber 16BM02AI-HSMR, double-sided displays, five-day power reserve, one-minute tourbillon
Functions: standard hours, minutes on front; jump hours and retrograde minutes on back
Limitation: 100 pieces per dial (black or white) and case material
Price: 65,000 Swiss francs (red gold); 68,000 Swiss francs (white gold); 116,000 Swiss francs (white gold with diamonds)
All indications on Récital 15 are displayed horizontally, with the most essential displays of jump hours and retrograde minutes on the right so that it is easy to read the time without having to pull back a cuff very far. The seconds rotate clockwise on both sides of the timepiece, meaning a reversing mechanism had to be incorporated.
Quick Facts Récital 15
Case: 42 mm, red or white gold
Movement: manually wound Caliber 13DM02AI-HSMR, five days’ power reserve
Functions: jump hours, retrograde minutes, double co-axial seconds; power reserve indicator
Amadeo Fleurier Braveheart Tourbillon
If the Amadeo Fleurier Braveheart‘s world-first (patented) double co-axial seconds display − especially one displaying on both sides (front and back) of the tourbillon − on a flying tourbillon isn’t enough for you, how about an incredible 22-day power reserve? And if that’s still not enough, how about an in-house developed, three-spoked, felly-style balance wheel (in aluminum for optimal inertia and paired with a cylindrical balance spring)? Bovet is one of just a handful of manufactures producing its own balance springs.
Quick Facts Amadeo Fleurier Braveheart Tourbillon
Case: 45.2 mm; red gold, white gold, or platinum; convertible system allowing it to be worn as a wristwatch, pendant, or used as a table clock
Movement: manually wound Caliber 17BM02AI22J, six patents, 22-day power reserve via twin spring barrels, one-minute flying tourbillon with cylindrical balance spring and aluminum balance wheel, 722 total components
Functions: hours, retrograde minutes, sectorial seconds on the front; standard hours and minutes on the back
For more information, please visit www.bovet.com.