The Ottantasei Tourbillon — the latest creation born of the passionate partnership between BOVET and Pininfarina — attests to the two Maisons’ shared alchemy, which enables them to achieve the accuracy that characterizes this exceptional timepiece.
Bovet 1822 Ottantasei tourbillon
The story first began in 2008, when Pascal Raffy, owner of BOVET, met with Paolo Pininfarina. Drawing on their common values and shared taste for excellence, together they imagined a timepiece to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the famous Turin-based design agency— giving rise to the Ottanta tourbillon in 2010. Such was the mutual understanding between the Italian designers and Swiss watchmakers that the two men decided to continue along this path, which soon resulted in a collection.
Pascal Raffy’s instructions during the development of the Ottantasei invited his teams to showcase its essential mechanics. To this, he emphasized the word “light” in two senses referencing both luminosity and weight.
As is now customary for the collection arising from this partnership, the designers and watchmakers joined forces from the very start of the project. They decided to give the same importance to the three main mechanical groups contained within a watch movement: the energy, time display, and regulating organ, which here is a patented double-sided flying tourbillon. Each of these three groups was positioned in order to achieve balance and symmetry, characteristics which are held in the highest esteem by the project’s protagonists. From the outset, movement and case were considered as a single entity, developed conjointly to yield optimum esthetics, transparency and ergonomics. Throughout the piece’s development, the designers were inspired by its technological features, which led them to give it an original face. Conversely, Pininfarina’s style inspired the BOVET watchmakers to even greater heights of innovation as they sought to fulfil Mr. Raffy’s visual and structural directive of lightness.
The BOVET artisans rose to multiple challenges, including the machining and three-dimensional decoration of the mainplate. So as not to hinder the lateral transparency created by the original sapphire crystals encircling the case middle, BOVET’s technicians imagined an ingenious casing system that also significantly reduced the thickness of the timepiece. The technical specifications alone will satisfy the most demanding connoisseurs. A single barrel keeps the double-sided flying tourbillon revolving for more than 10 days.
The tourbillon’s architecture and design increase both the piece’s accuracy and transparency, since its attachments are practically invisible. Lastly, a spherical differential halves the time it takes to wind the piece without increasing the torque of the winding mechanism. This plethora of innovations led to the filing of three international patents.
To meet the tastes of every collector, the Ottantasei tourbillon is available in titanium, PVD-treated titanium, red gold, and platinum. Two dial colours are also offered: lacquered white or satin-finished blue.
Despite the number of possible combinations, only a total of 86 timepieces have been manufactured. Out of respect for Maison’s collectors, Pascal Raffy took the bold decision to limit the series by the total number of movements. With this same focus on service, each Ottantasei benefits from a five-year international guarantee.
Bovet 1822 Ottantasei Tourbillon Technical Specifications
- Type: Pininfarina
- Diameter: 44mm
- Thickness: 12mm
- Material: 18K red gold, Platinum, Titanium, blue PVD
- Water resistance: 30m
- Material Rubber
- Clasp 18K red gold, Titanium
- Calibre: 17BM03
- Type: Hand-wound movement
- Diameter: 17’’’
- Frequency: 18’000A/h
- Power reserve: 10 days
- Functions: Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
- Satin-finished blue or Lacquered white
- 5 years
Limited edition of 86 movements
Bovet 1822 and Daniil Medvedev
BOVET 1822 is proud to announce the new collaboration with worldwide tennis champion #5 ATP ranking Daniil Medvedev. Mr. Raffy, Owner of BOVET 1822 said in one of his interviews: “Tennis is a sport that suits me particularly. The concepts of exchange and respect are very present whether opponents or partners with whom we play. It is this very notion of respect and human values that are fundamental within our link to the world of tennis and that we use in our communication strategy.”
Mr. Medvedev and Mr. Raffy have much in common in their respective challenges: they both have to demonstrate continuous effort, abnegation, humility. Their meeting has even further manifested this sharing of values, always going forward by improving each day, the need to be and remain an incredible Champion.
Drawing on their common values and a shared taste for excellence, Maison BOVET, and worldwide champion Daniil Medvedev will drive a common path made by Precision, Passion, Abnegation, and Fairness.
About Daniil Medvedev
The 23-year old from Russia recently reached his career-high of World No 5. Daniil first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 6 which led to a successful junior career where he peaked inside the top 15 at world #13. He went on to win his first singles ATP event at the 2016 Ricoh Open, and in 2017 he reached his first ATP singles finals at the Chennai Open. In 2018, Daniil won the Sydney International (becoming the youngest since Rafael Nadal in 2007) and finished the season with the most difficult match wins of any player on the ATP Tour.
2019 has without question been Daniil’s breakout year. He started the season by reaching the final of the Brisbane International. He then won his 4th ATP title at the Sofia Open and went on to defeat World #1, Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters. The following week at the Barcelona Open, Medvedev earned his third successive top-10 victory to reach his first ATP Tour final on clay. He reached a second consecutive Masters final at the Cincinnati Masters after beating defending champion Djokovic for the second time.
Continuing to dominate and surprise the tennis world with his airtight groundstrokes, Daniil is primed to become a future Grand Slam Champion and leading superstar of the game.
About Bovet 1822
BOVET 1822 is a Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces. Since its foundation in 1822, BOVET has artfully combined the most sophisticated mechanisms with the finest craftsmanship, employing artisanal techniques such as gem-setting, engraving, and miniature painting.
Under the visionary guidance of Owner Mr. Raffy, BOVET 1822 acquired renowned tourbillons and dials manufactures in 2006 and DIMIER 1738 immediately began producing Maison’s movements, hairsprings, and dials in-house. His passion for Haute Horlogerie also led to the introduction of the remarkable Amadéo convertible case system, which draws inspiration from the exquisite 19th-century pocket watches produced by BOVET 1822.
Today, the House demonstrates its excellence through varied collections that encompass models as emblematic and remarkable as the Virtuoso IX, Récital 26 Brainstorm and Grand Récital tourbillons, to name just a few of its icons.
BOVET 1822 has been rewarded with more than 30 awards and distinctions, including the most coveted “Aiguille d’Or” at Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for the Grand Récital, honouring and the virtuosity of the Maison’ artisans and their intangible passion to define luxury in its most noble expression.