Bovet : Exceptional is its middle name

Amadeo Fleurier Braveheart

Case : 18K red gold (89.18g) or white gold (92.39g) or 950 platinum (also available in a gemset version), water-resistant to 30m Size : 45.2mm Movement : mechanical manual-winding (Caliber 17BM02AI22J, 22-day power reserve), 722 components, double barrel, flying tourbillon, 6 patents Functions : hours, retrograde minutes, double-coaxial seconds on the tourbillon, power-reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting Dials : white or black lacquered with applied Roman numerals Strap : full-grain alligator leather, 18K red or white gold pin buckle Limited series : 30 for each material

At first sight, the Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart offers its owner all the advantages of a reversible wristwatch, that easily morphs into a table clock or a pocket watch. This first innovation in the case construction is only the tip of the mechanical iceberg, for which six major patents have been filed, including three devoted to the tourbillon carriage alone. A revolutionary balance felly, double-coaxial seconds display mechanism, vertical positioning of the in-house-made cylindrical balance-spring entailing a three-armed tourbillon bridge, escapement and balance wheel positioned on reverse sides of the axis, and all that with exceptional chronometric performance for a flying tourbillon, as well as an extraordinary 22-day power reserve. The website provides a detailed account of the recipes behind this exceptional exemplar of the 12th Art. A closer look reveals that the back is reserved for the power-reserve display, while two dials display the time in different ways (triangular minutes index or chamfered tips of the tourbillon carriage bridges for the three-sector seconds display). What can one say of the extreme care lavished on the decoration of the 722 components, such as the rounding off of the spider-like arms of the tourbillon carriage, a process that involved two full days of work in itself ? This impressive degree of refinement explains why the decoration of certain parts sometimes takes 30 times longer than necessary to merely render it operational. Why not a version set with gems or even entirely personalized ? That would be something…

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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