Bovet : Two centuries of virtuosity

Virtuoso VIII

CASE : white gold, red gold or platinum, sapphire back, 12 o’clock crown set with a cabochon, water-resistant to 30m


MOVEMENT : mechanical hand-winding (Caliber 17BMos-GD, 10-day power reserve), rounded-off and polished attachments, Fleurisanne decorative engraving, patented tridimensional toothing with multiple gearing of one of its pinions, patented spherical differential, patented double face tourbillon

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, large date, power-reserve display DIAL : black lacquered, ivory lacquered or aventurine

STRAP : full grain alligator leather with red or white gold pin buckle

LIMITED SERIES : 80 movements

One might as well say right away that summing up in just a few lines five pages of a press kit – as well as an exciting and detailed presentation during the SIHH – is tantamount to sacrilege and by nature over-simplistic. Issued to mark the 195th anniversary of the founding of Bovet, the Virtuoso VIII from the Fleurier Grandes Complications collection is a concentrated blend of decorative arts, chronometry, radical aesthetics and functionality. Could this be the year the Maison earns a richly deserved award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève ? Artfully hollowed out into a series of scrolls, the bridges of this new Manufacture caliber are respectfully turned towards the titanium carriage of the patented double face flying tourbillon, beautifully set amid a decorative environment dedicated to artisan-style Haute Horlogerie. Displayed above it and striking a proud contrast in glossy black lacquer sits the display of its 10-day power reserve (supplied by a single barrel with a patented spherical differential). Its legibility matches that of the big date appearing opposite. The seconds make for equally smooth and easy reading, indicated with the same care and a certain degree of originality by the marker screwed to the carriage wheel, featuring an arrow overlooking the black graduated 60-seconds ring dial. Adding an ultimate touch of refinement, Bovet gives collectors a choice between three precious metals and three dial variations housing a total of 80 movements that may be personalized as desired.

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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