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Bovet Secret Beauty for Only Watch 2017

Bovet realises a unique creation to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in honor of this 7th edition of Only Watch.

Bovet 1822’s charity work has always supported childhood and education. It was only natural, therefore, for Pascal Raffy and the House’s artisans to choose to support again this year the edition of Only Watch

Made from Grand Feu enamel or applied to a mother-of-pearl or lacquered base, Bovet 1822’s miniature paintings have been attracting collectors since the early 19th century. Bovet's two centuries of influence in terms of watchmaking decorative arts are evident here in an interpretation that combines the expertise from an age-old tradition with innovation in the service of art. Consequently a miniature painting was chosen to personalize this timepiece. Numerous variations on the chosen theme – a Geisha – have adorned the backs or dials of Bovet timepieces since 1822. The version presented on this timepiece is an expression that is entirely new. But it is above all the technique used to create it that lends the piece its uniqueness.

Secret Beauty for Only Watch 2017

Entailing a combination of the traditional miniature painting technique with the application of layers of luminescent material. The work painted by the artist on the dial’s surface therefore becomes visible both by day and by night. But the virtuosity of Bovet 1822’s artisans inspired them to take this approach even further. Not content with glowing once night falls, the Geisha that adorns the dial literally undresses, her kimono disappearing as she lights up in the intimacy of the twilight. 

Secret Beauty for Only Watch 2017

The artisan is faced with a new constraint, in that he must repeatedly move from a lit room to a dark one in order to gauge each step of his meticulous work. Therefore he is thus creating two paintings simultaneously. 

By presenting this timepiece suffused with tradition and innovation, Bovet 1822 brings a new dimension to applied arts, creating an connection between the centuries-old tradition of miniature painting and that of erotic watches and reaffirming its position as one of the pioneer in terms of watchmaking decorative arts.

Secret Beauty for Only Watch 2017

Estimate: CHF 55,000 - 60,000, EUR 50,000 - 55,000, USD 57,000 - 62,000

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The Bovet Manufacture upholds the tradition of decorative arts applied to its delicately engraved, chased, enamelled, engine-turned or hand-painted cases, dials and movements, thus passing on the unrivalled knowhow that has been gracing the Firm’s collections and heritage since 1822.

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