X
Stay on top of all watchmaking news ! OK
×

This search is sponsored by Favre-Leuba

Search in :
Dubai Watch Week
Bovet 1822 - Virtuoso IX

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso IX

Double Time Zone 10-Day Power Reserve Big Date Flying Tourbillon.

When imagining a new timepiece, Bovet 1822 owner Mr. Raffy relentlessly weighs contemporary interpretation against the Maison’s historical heritage to ensure coherence and harmony. Considering the watchmaking practice of the Bovet brothers at the dawn of the 19th century reveals how perfectly they mastered traditional watchmaking and the decorative arts of the Académie. At the same time, they expressed a very contemporary and innovative vision, both technically and stylistically. The common denominator between academic tradition and innovation has always been uncompromising quality, in the service of reliability, chronometry, elegance, and good taste. Mr. Raffy has tasked himself with achieving this same subtle balance in the design of the Tourbillon Amadéo Fleurier Virtuoso IX.

This all-new caliber is housed in a 46.30 mm diameter Fleurier Amadéo convertible case. The Amadéo system transforms the timepiece into a reversible wristwatch, a pocket watch, or a table clock without the use of any tools. Additionally, the Virtuoso IX case is equipped with a new mechanism, allowing the case back to be opened simply by applying pressure to the crown. The proven ergonomics of the Fleurier case make this timepiece suited for everyday wear.

Virtuoso IX

© Bovet 1822

 

The dial is meticulously organized for clarity, yet exudes a unique style. Only the minute hand is centered on the dial. The hour hand is offset at 2 o’clock, and a second hour hand, the 24- hour hand, displays a second time zone at 10 o’clock. Both local time and the secondary time zone thus share the minute hand. A corresponding indicator displays the second time zone’s city name. Two lateral correctors make adjusting and selecting a time zone easy, all while taking into account the differences between daylight savings time and standard time.

A big date indication is positioned on the right side of the dial. Its aperture opens wide without separating the tens from the units. The ingenuity of the Maison’s watchmakers allows the date to be displayed as big as possible while minimizing the space required for its mechanism. The power reserve indicator sits at 8 o’clock, balancing the big date indicator.

The timepiece boasts an entirely new face on the reverse side. Though no dial is present, the hours and minutes are centered directly over the complex movement. The openwork bridges evoke the architecture of 19th century Bovet movements, each surface engraved with a sparkling «bris de verre» motif. Once engraved, chamfered, and entirely decorated, the bridges are coated with a blue CVD treatment, which contrasts beautifully with the rhodium plate. This color combination was a favorite of the Bovet brothers usually employed on mirror-finished or finely engraved surfaces.

Virtuoso IX

© Bovet 1822

On this same face, a circular opening at 12 o’clock that reveals an uncommon mechanism. The twice-patented spherical differential winding system generates 10 days of power reserve for the Virtuoso IX from a single barrel. The drawback of such a feat would be the time required to wind this type of spring. The differential spherical system solves this issue by halving the number of turns of the crown required to fully wind the timepiece, without increasing the torque of the winding mechanism.

For optimal chronometry, the movement is regulated by the patented double face flying tourbillon. In this innovative construction, the tourbillon’s fixed point is at the center of its axis. Its distribution on either side of the balance-spring and escapement significantly reduces the lever arm effect and improves the chronometry. The variable-inertia balance-wheel is based on the traditional balance-spring made in the Manufacture Bovet 1822 workshops. Between technical and aesthetic refinement, the bridge carriage alone requires two days of labor to decorate and to round the arms before the faceted sapphire is set.

 

Virtuoso IX

© Bovet 1822

With the Virtuoso IX, the Maison’s dial craftsmen once again showcase the extent of their combined talent. The base of the dial is guilloched with a fan motif. Eight layers of translucent lacquer are then applied before the surface of the dial is polished. The flinqué dial is bathed in blue tones and highlights, reminiscent of the richness of 19th century enamels. As much for readability as for elegance, the hour contours and second gradations display both a circular satin and rhodium finish.

The Virtuoso IX is available in red gold, white gold or platinum.

Virtuoso IX

© Bovet 1822

Watch Finder

Search by:

Find your watch >

The brand

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.

Find out more >

All the news >

Contact brand >

All the watches >

Recommended reading