Bovet Virtuoso VII – With this new complication equipped with a retrograde perpetual calendar, an inverted hand-fitting, a double coaxial second hand and a convertible case, BOVET 1822 invites the collector to suspend time.
The perpetual calendar is one of the most highly prized watchmaking complications among collectors. It shows the full date and accounts for the specific length of each month, whether 28, 29, 30, or 31 days. Created by Mr. Pascal Raffy, the owner of BOVET 1822, the Virtuoso VII timepiece shows the date, day of the week, month, and leap year cycle.
Other indications include power reserve and hours, minutes, and seconds displays on both faces of the timepiece.
The Virtuoso VII belongs to the Fleurier collection and comes with the iconic convertible Amadéo® case that allows the wearer to use the timepiece with a reversible bracelet, as a pocket watch, or as an elegant miniature desk clock. An unprecedented convergence of technical ingenuity drives the Virtuoso VII: with dimensions similar to those of a traditional wristwatch, it delivers more information, and this on both faces of the timepiece. For greater comfort and chronometry, the movement’s single barrel ensures over five days of power reserve.
This perfect technical prowess goes hand in hand with all the artistry of the Maison BOVET artisans. Every component, whether visible or invisible, is decorated using the traditional artisanal methods. The plate and bridges showing the functions of the perpetual calendar are fully hand-engraved with the iconic Fleurisanne pattern.
The House of BOVET has been contributing the finest touch to decorative arts, chronometry, mechanical ingenuity, and innovation since 1822. The artisans’ dedication and passion, respect for tradition, and care for the most minute details are the hallmark of exquisite and unparalleled high watchmaking.
To make this timepiece even more exceptional, Mr. Raffy has chosen to limit the number produced per year to just 800 units. In doing so he is redefining true luxury by manufacturing all components in the Maison’s Swiss workshops according to artisanal procedures, while also adding a sense of exclusivity to the collector experience.
The 2020 Virtuoso VII collection is being expanded with a new model available as a limited edition in red or white gold with a sumptuous green guilloché dial. Once again, the dial makers have displayed great virtuosity in creating not only the two faces, but also the various display elements in a reduced size. Despite the reduced thickness of both the hours and minutes dials, they still boast the delicate, unique guilloché pattern designed by Mr. Raffy. The pattern’s prismatic effect reveals its fineness; it plays on the lotus flower with 12 petals that has been the emblem of the House of BOVET since 1822.
The Virtuoso VII Perpetual Calendar subdivides seconds to achieve impeccable chronometry even as it invites the collector to suspend time: it represents a slice of eternity as interpreted by Mr. Raffy and the House of BOVET artisans according to the finest expression of time.
Bovet Virtuoso VII Technical Specifications
- ACQPR012, 18K white gold, red dial
- ACQPR014, 18K white gold, green dial
- ACQPR008, 18K white gold, blue dial
- ACQPR015, 18K red gold, red dial
- ACQPR017, 18K red gold, green dial
- ACQPR007, 18K red gold, blue dial
- Type Amadéo® convertible system
- Diameter: 43.30 mm
- Thickness: 11.25 mm
- Material: 18K red or white gold
- Bracelet: Full skin alligator
- Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon
- Chain: 18K red or white gold
- Water resistance: 30m
- Calibre 13BM12AIQPR
- Type: Hand-wound movement
- Diameter: 13 ¾ ’’’
- Frequency: 21’600A/h
- Power reserve: 5 days
- Functions: Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, day, retrograde date, month, leap year, power reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting (hours, minutes and seconds)
- Red or green guillochés, or blue circular brushed
- Dial: Miniature painting
- Case: case, bezel, bow, ardillon buckle: hand engraving
- Setting: round-cut or baguette-cut diamonds
- 5 years
- Amadeo® convertible case
- Patented coaxial seconds
- CHF. 82’000.-, 18K white gold
- CHF. 79’000.-, 18K red gold