To know Pascal Raffy is to know what it means to have passion so great that it is contagious. The owner and founder of Bovet Fleurier, originally founded in 1822 and then reinvented in 2001 has the demeanor of the Swiss and a heart for horological brilliance. Making his fortune in pharmaceuticals, Raffy turned his priorities to family and his passion for watches. He made the decision to breathe new life into the brand that needed not only money to survive, but also direction.
The Bovet Virtuoso VIII 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Big Date Watch celebrates the 195th anniversary of the company. While the company holds to traditional values, they also work to make strides in watchmaking, keeping the artisanal craft growing. This timepiece is part of the Fleurier Grandes Complications Collection which is dedicated to that growth and innovation that keeps the brand in the forefront of watchmaking.
Bovet Manufactory has presented visually impressive timepiece Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star. This magnificent piece of watchmaking art released in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Bovet annually produces several models of high-tech watches, and Shooting Star is at the forefront of the expected novelties.
World time display at Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star is represented by means of a hemisphere. This approach allows us to determine the time for all time zones, and it can be done simultaneously. To set the world time using the crown. When it is released on a special index of the cities Roller is driven by displaying the selected city. At the same time, the arrow moves to the hemisphere, making it possible to know the time in the desired region. This complication is controlled by a column wheel, making it possible to effectively use the space of the dial.
Engineers and watchmakers from Dimier 1738 manufacture with Pininfarina designers have combined their expertise and created unprecedented in terms of originality and fascination of the technology, a mechanism that has been completely designed and manufactured by Bovet. Four large sapphire glass are mainly engaged in the surface, while the contrasting elements of titanium and gold constitute the basic contours of the structure.
Recently Bovet confidently decided to conceive a new stage in the field of high complexity; by creating watches, in truth, it is not a new model, taking into account the work of the manufacturer of luxury watches in the past few years. Code Bovet creating their favorite concept, the result is a model of an order of magnitude higher artistic and technical plan of the previous one. By comparing the new watch Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso IV with other models collection Virtuoso, you will not find the difference immediately. The best way to identify Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso IV among other models – is to look at the elephants. Or doves, angels and horses.
Oddly enough, but the history of the original Bovet Swiss watches had begun in China. In the 19th century a young businessman Edward Beauvais in Guangzhou founded a company to produce watches. Edward himself a native of Switzerland, and that’s where exactly he returned a few years later. Watches Bovet still considered an integral part of Chinese history, for a long time the master of this collection was kept in the imperial family of China. Of course, in the early 20th century imperial palaces were looted and there are still remnants of the collection from different owners. Let’s look a little closer to Bovet’s history.
The history of Bovet is very unusual, since there are two dates of foundation. First time the company was opened in 1920, by brothers in the town of Beauvais Canton. Edward Bove returned to his homeland in 1940, and this year is the year of the official foundation of Bovet timepieces, and he moved all the production to Fleurier in Switzerland.
Classic and traditional, the Bovet Recital collection is amazing, and this latest 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon Watch is exceptional. The collection is part of the Dimier collection, and is recognizable by the lack of a “ribbon” crown protector at 12 o’clock. So while the pieces are complex in design, they have a very traditional crown at 3 o’clock.
The timepiece is crafted with a mechanical movement named the “Calibre Rising Star II” which features the main city time and two other cities. The refreshing aspect of this piece is that it isn’t just another elegant timepiece, it is a technical masterpiece, and a brilliant design. The brand is similar to the collection in that they are unique themselves, producing their own movements, and many of the other parts, like cases, dials and because they do it so well, other brands ask for their assistance as well.
Following in the footsteps of Bovet Amedeo timepieces the new Fleurier 43 Meteorite Watch is a high end luxury item in both design and cost. While it is not the first timepiece of its design it is one of the finest. This dress timepiece allows one to stand out with exclusivity and elegance. The style and design is beautiful and coupled with the in house movement the brand has created another magnificent collection.
There are many pieces on the market that offer similar dials and attributes of this one, but they are not this exact piece. There is a lot more to this piece than the obvious elements that can be found on other brands. The brand ha-styles a history of crafting very ornate pocket timepieces, and most of the other collections offer a ribbon-style crown that sits at the top of the case in order for it to allude the pocket watch look. While the case has a unique design, it is not evident when on the wrist and has a very typical feel on the wrist.
This brand is totally amazing when it comes to unusual, unique and spectacular. Releasing four new timepieces in the Dimier collection, 11,12,15,16 with the Bovet Recital 12 Watch being the thinnest one yet. If you wonder why the brand skipped 13 and 14, well it seems that those numbers are considered unlucky in more than one culture, so not taking any chances. Sporting a new movement concept and this super thin case, the collection is one that will be setting a new standard.
The timepiece is designed so that the seconds hand gear assembly is visible through the rear of the movement, so every spin can be seen and admired. The dial is also unique in that the seconds hand only has a partial side with numerals, but it does have a three-sided blued-steel hand which allows for tracking the seconds meticulously. The visibility of these elements, including the balance wheel is just genius for the symmetry and detailing that has be placed in the design.
The 83rd anniversary of the Italian design house, Bovet, is celebrated by the introduction of the stylish edition OttantaTre by Pininfarina. Driven by the quality and perfectionist passion of owner Pascal Raffy, the brand delivers the third tourbillon in the collection, uniting an equal match in the demanding house of Paolo Pininfarina.
The two houses combine to deliver tradition, avant-garde vision, technical brilliance and expert craftsmanship. This design and Haute Horlogerie are a showcase of the criteria used in developing such sophistication and masterful results. The identity of the OttantaTre is quite obvious as you see the 12 o’clock positioning of the crown and bow, coupled with the Amadeo® system, marking a Bovet timepiece for easy recognition. On the other side, the flat bezels, black cylindrical crown and black rubber strap clearly show the influence to the collection by Pininfarina.