The Récital 23, a favourite in the BOVET collection for many years, has been a canvas where BOVET’s high watchmaking meets its focus on the decorative arts and high jewellery settings. The base dial of this timepiece is hand-engraved, hand-chiselled, and hand-finished – the sparkle created by BOVET’s artisanal expertise echoes the gem setting of this precious timepiece.
The Récital 23 comes in the unique-to-BOVET Writing Slope case, which presents the dial to you while on the wrist. Available in 18K red gold, the 43mm x 38.70mm case comes set with 174 round-cut diamonds (0.99ct) with a further 72 diamonds on the bezel (1.00ct) and cabochon crown, as pictured here, or simply bezel set. All versions come with diamond indices on the off-set dial.
This year the Récital 23 has been graced with two special colour and material treatments. Chiselled and then layered with lacquer, these new elegant dials have a unique character that speaks of the promise of lush greenery, tranquil seas, sun-kissed days, and warm festive nights. The uniquely-shaped hour and minute hands gracefully glide over this beautiful dial, which makes room for the precision moon phase of the Récital 23. In a romantic touch, the hands form the shape of a heart every hour.
The moon phase display at 12 o’clock links terrestrial time to the heavens. The moon itself is hand-engraved to evoke the lunar surface and filled with luminescent material, a challenge due to the indicator’s camber. The phase of the moon is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that requires over a day’s work to be manufactured and decorated. The precision mechanism used to drive the moon phase requires correction only once every 122 years.
Keen to develop useful complications that allow everyday use of the timepiece, Mr. Pascal Raffy, BOVET 1822‘s Owner, incorporated a push button into the real sapphire cabochon of the crown to facilitate the adjustment of the moon phase. Setting this lunar complication has never been easier without needing to use any tools.
Powered by a high-watchmaking automatic movement, the hand-engraved 18K gold rotor features BOVET’s Fleurisanne motif, visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition back.
The Récital 23 is the perfect timepiece for the summer, its diamond setting and hand-engraving reinforcing how precious time really is.
Timeless and symbolic, the Récital 23 represents the values which drive Mr. Raffy and the artisans of BOVET 1822: passion for handcrafted fine watchmaking, and a devotion to perpetuate BOVET 1822’s illustrious history with noble new expressions of the timekeeping and decorative arts.
BOVET 1822 Récital 23 Technical Specifications
- High-watchmaking self-winding manufacture movement with 22K gold hand-engraved micro-rotor
- Components 246
- Functions Hours, Minutes, Precision moon phase
- Frequency 28,800 vph/4 Hz
- Power Reserve 62 hours
- 18K red gold 43 x 38.70 mm Dimier “writing desk” case
- 40mm thickness, sapphire caseback
- Bezel set with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1ct)
- Case available set with 174 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.99 ct)
- Water Resistance 30 meters
- Vibrant green or baby blue hand-chiselled guilloché
- 10 brilliant-cut diamond indexes (approx. 0.03 ct)
- Hemispherical moon-phase display
About BOVET 1822
The House of BOVET is a Swiss manufacturer of luxury timepieces, artfully combining the most sophisticated mechanisms with the finest craftsmanship, employing artisanal techniques such as hand-finishing, hand-engraving, and miniature painting.
For more than 200 years, BOVET 1822 has handcrafted the finest timepieces, allowing collectors to experience what is the true pleasure of the luxury of time. To further ensure this excellence, owner Mr. Pascal Raffy has limited the House’s annual manufacture of handcrafted timepieces, respecting Swiss artisanal processes, exclusivity, and uniqueness.
Since Mr. Raffy became the owner of the House 22 years ago, his commitment has been to honor the watchmaking arts to continue to handcraft timepieces that fascinate and enthrall the most demanding collectors — all of this achieved combining decorative arts, innovation, and precision.
As The Guardian of Swiss Handcrafted Watchmaking, the House of BOVET insists on manufacturing nearly 100% of its components in-house, including movements, complications, hands, dials, cases, up to and including the hairspring and regulating organ, the beating heart of fine timepieces. The House of BOVET is recognized around the world as a leader in high watchmaking and is coveted by collectors everywhere.