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Bovet 1822

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.

About

For almost two centuries, from their manufacture in Fleurier, Bovet watches have illuminated the Haute Horlogerie world with their complications. Founded in 1822, and taken over in 2001 by Pascal Raffy, the manufacture is equipped to create all its own movements, balance springs, and dials internally. Each movement inside every Bovet watch is made and assembled 100% independently – a 19th century tradition transported into the 21st century. In centuries past, Bovet pocket watches were prized by the Emperors of China and the crowned heads of the entire world. Today, Bovet is synonymous with exceptional finishes and superlative technical and aesthetic creativity, qualities that are appreciated by the most discerning collectors.

1797
Edouard Bovet is born.
1822
Bovet is founded.
2001
Pascal Raffy becomes Bovet’s sole proprietor.
2006
Purchase of Manufactures Dimier 1738 and the Château de Môtiers.
2010
Launch of the reversible Amadeo® concept.
Philosophy

A Bovet watch always meets the same high standard of excellence, whether we’re talking about the dial, the calibre, the complications, the bracelet or its Amadeo case. Drawing heavily on the traditional decorative arts of Haute Horlogerie, the manufacture has developed collections based on its own inspiration, such as the inimitable Amadeo case or the Recital collection, as well as ranges born of partnerships with prestigious names such as designer Pininfarina, or the legendary car maker Rolls Royce.

The modern Bovet mechanical watch was developed in the Château de Môtiers, in the heart of the Val de Travers. For each collection, the manufacture works with the traditional codes of Haute Horlogerie, but the calibres that drive the different complications – date, chronograph or tourbillon – are contemporary creations that sometimes diverge from the established canon. On the strength of its proudly independent approach, Bovet has been recognised a number of times at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, developing unique collections including the Shooting Star, the Butterfly Tourbillon and the Braveheart. The Bovet manufacture strives always to be at the cutting edge of innovative decorative techniques, providing high added value to collectors and drawing inspiration from its venerable heritage, while laying the foundations for the Haute Horlogerie of the future.

Collections

Fleurier

The signature features of the Fleurier collection are the iconic bow and the crown at 12 o’clock, a clear homage to the pocket watches of the 19th century. Some timepieces can be transformed into a reversible wristwatch, pocket watch (or pendant watch for women), or table clock – no tools required. The Fleurier collection incorporates the 19Thirty, Miss Audrey, Monsieur Bovet and Virtuoso ranges.

Dimier

A tribute to the artisans of the eponymous manufacture, this collection is the only one whose case has four lugs and a crown in the traditional 3 o’clock position. The 19Thirty Dimier and Recital families are to be found within the Dimier collection.

Bovet designed by Pininfarina

This collection created in 2010 is the result of a partnership between Bovet and the famous Italian design house Pininfarina. The Tourbillon Ottanta is the modern, sophisticated result of this sporting union.

Watches

Bovet: from Peking to Pascal Raffy

Of all the horological revival stories out there - Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin to name but two - one that’s interestingly linked with China is Bovet. The maison takes its name from a band of brothers, in the early 1800s, who came from the Bovet family in Fleurier, Neuchâtel, a birthplace of Swiss watchmaking. But it was 21-year-old Edouard Bovet in particular, who was sent from a London trading firm to Canton, who brought the Bovet name to China, where he ventured to try his hand at selling exquisitely decorated watches to the Chinese nobility. Bovet flourished in the Middle Kingdom, and it was one of the historical touchpoints that eventually enticed entrepreneur Pascal Raffy, more than 120 years later, when he bought the house from a small Geneva firm in 2001 (Raffy now also has the title of CEO, and the house is today officially known as Bovet Fleurier SA, or also Bovet 1822). Today the watches still speak to this Chinese heritage courtesy of stunning enamel and miniature painted designs, but have also branched out into other areas of expertise, including mechanical wonders like the Récital 20 Astérium tourbillon complete with an annual calendar or motorsport inspired pieces produced in collaboration with Italian design house Pininfarina. The latter can boast title lead with venerable marques such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Fiat as clients, and as for the joint Bovet watch, cue a standout item: the titanium Ottantasei that weighs in at an impressive 15.54g only.

Virtuoso VII retrograde perpetual calendar

One standout item in the Bovet portfolio is the Virtuoso VII retrograde perpetual calendar, launched in 2015. With its dual dial design (and available in either a black or white lacquered dial) and either working as a pocket or wrist watch, the timepiece can claim the title as one of the most eye-catching, interesting and multifunctional watches around. The watch tells all kinds of time and calendar functions: day, date, month and leap year, while the retrograde calendar display offers a concentric hours and minutes dial all its own. Having a separate hours and minutes dial is an especially thoughtful design item, which leaves room to show off the specially made calibre, which is further decorated with circular Côtes de Genève engraving.

Récital 20 Astérium

For astronomy buffs, a Bovet watchmaking item which plays on notions of time and space – and which has a superb title – is the Récital 20 Astérium. A true feat of mechanical watchmaking, the 10 day flying tourbillon watch is equipped with a night sky annual calendar packed with astronomical functions, and is beautifully set in a special item: a laser engraved dome of translucent blue quartz. The annual calendar is calculated on a 365.25 day cycle, which measures the actual time of earth’s orbit: 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.77 seconds.