Bovet Virtuoso X: BOVET 1822 and Mr. Pascal Raffy are proud to present the Ateliers BOVET concept dedicated to the watchmaking arts and the technical excellence that has characterized the House of Bovet for nearly two centuries. It concentrates on the quintessence of decorative arts such as engraving, miniature painting, and watchmaking technology.
The craftsmen of the Ateliers BOVET demonstrate their propensity to innovate with the greatest respect for watchmaking traditions. While nearly 30% of the timepieces handcrafted today by Maison BOVET 1822 are unique pieces, the ones from the Ateliers BOVET allow collectors to bespoke their acquisition to a level of precision. The collector has the opportunity to join a team of specialists to define the specif technical and artistic detail of customization.
The first chapter of the Ateliers BOVET is the Virtuoso X Tourbillon timepiece which is limited to 10 pieces. Bovet’s Engineering Brilliance is presented in the decorative arts and the watchmaking techniques featured in this precious timepiece.
The fascination of Mr. Raffy as a collector for decorative arts, and an uncompromising luxury watchmaking definition, inspired the development of the Virtuoso X Tourbillon timepiece. The Virtuoso X timepiece features the patented flying-tourbillon, it has ten days power reserve using only a single barrel, while presenting three distinct time zones. The local time is indicated in the centre of the dial, as well as on an eccentric dial on its reverse side. The two secondary time zones are harmoniously displayed on a horizontal axis on the front side of the timepiece. They indicate the time of the cities chosen by the collector. It features a curved hour hand displaying the time on a 24-hour scale.
In the centre of each secondary dual time is a hand-painted hemispherical globe of the Earth. On the upper part of the two time zones is displayed the name of the city corresponding to the time zone. A clever combination of correctors allows summer and winter time to be taken into account for each of the 24 time zones.
The Virtuoso X Tourbillon features unrivalled levels of personalisation and finishes. The collector will have the opportunity to bespoke the names of the cities for each of the 24 timezones.
From the very beginning of development, watchmakers, artisans, engravers and miniature painters have joined forces and worked together to bring perfectly balanced timepieces to life.
The back side face of the Virtuoso X Tourbillon timepiece combines the talent of the artisans with the virtuosity of the engravers. The first master artisans manufactured a flinqué dial in the purest tradition of the cabin makers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The second artisans fully engraved the movement with the « Fleurisanne » motif, already known at the dawn of the 19th century by the BOVET brothers. The depth of the engraving is remarkable and the motif goes through the bridges of the movement without any interruption, it offers a dazzling contrast to the dial for incredible readability.
Also, the “guilloché laqué” on the front side of the dial features a half-moon shape. The two globes of the second and third time zones are hand-painted highlighting the mastery of the miniature painters who work in three dimensions. In the Ateliers BOVET, innovation is part of the tradition. The hand-painted globes are illuminated in the dark by an exclusive process that the Bovet brothers would not have denied.
The Virtuoso X Tourbillon timepiece features many facets never seen in the world of fine watchmaking. The patented Amadeo® convertible case system, which required seven years of study and development, houses this watchmaking jewel. It allows the collector to wear his wristwatch on two sides, face or reverse side, as a pocket watch or a table clock in a few simple steps without any tools. The reliability of this complication is certified by an independent laboratory for 30,000 conversion cycles without any alteration featuring both the elegance and functionality of the case.
The Virtuoso X Tourbillon is available in 18K red gold, 18K white gold or in Platinum. As other Bovet timepiece, it presents the criteria of excellence and innovation of fine watchmaking. Technicality, chronometry, and decorative arts are sublimated for the noblest expression of time. This concept offers to the collector the opportunity to be at the heart of the process from the creation. Each request is studied by BOVET’s team of specialists to meet the expectations of the collectors while respecting the watchmaking traditions.
Bovet Virtuoso X Technical Specifications and Price
Reference Number AIVIX001
LIMITED EDITION 10 movements
- Type Amadéo® convertible system
- Diameter: 46 mm
- Thickness: 17.20 mm
- Material: 18K red gold, 18K white gold or Platinum
- Bracelet: Full skin alligator
- Buckle: 18K red gold or white gold ardillon
- Chain: 18K red or white gold
- Water resistance: 30m
- Type: Hand wound movement
- Diameter: 16 ½ ’’’
- Frequency: 18,000V/h
- Power reserve: 10 days
- Tourbillon: 1-minute flying tourbillon
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon, 2nd and 3rd Timezone with hemispherical earth map, 24h hand and 24 city disc. Reversed hand-fitting (hour and minutes), power reserve indicator
- Blue flinqué dials and hand engraved with fleurisanne motif on the backside.
- The Earth globes are painted by hand with luminescent material
GUARANTEE: 5 years
PATENTS: Amadeo® convertible case Double face tourbillon
PRICE: CHF. 325‘000.-