Hands-on Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon (SIHH 2018)

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Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

Bovet celebrates a milestone in its history with this 10-day power reserve, triple time-zone, with hemispherical Earth maps and flying tourbillon transformer watch. Yes, all of that, and more. Meet the impressive Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

In 1814, the Bovet brothers, Edouard, Alphonse and Frédéric left their hometown of Fleurier in Switzerland for London. Four years later, in 1818, Edouard Bovet headed to China where he was able to sell four of his mechanical timekeeping instruments for CHF 10,000 each. In 1822 the brand was founded with a mission to supply timepieces to Imperial China, and Bovet soon became one of the most prominent names in China. The success was such that Bovet (pronounced Bo-Wei) became synonymous with high-end watches in the everyday Chinese language. It even inspired several other Swiss watchmakers, who soon began imitating Edouard Bovet’s style.

The year 2018 marks 200 years since the departure of Edouard Bovet for China, a distinguished milestone in Bovet’s exceptional history and the ties that bound the brand to China for two centuries.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

To mark this anniversary, Bovet unveils an impressive complication developed and manufactured entirely in-house: a 10-day power reserve, triple time-zone watch with hemispherical Earth maps and flying tourbillon. As a vertically-integrated manufacture, Bovet even produces its own hairsprings at its sister company Dimier. Beyond its impressive list of complications, the watch is a fascinating 3D mechanical microcosm in constant motion: the play of movement, volumes, contrasting materials, colors and finishes is striking.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

The movement is regulated by a Bovet patented double-sided flying tourbillon. Mesmerizing to look at, the one-minute rotation of the balance and cage can be admired from both sides of the watch without the interference of a top bridge. The minuscule attachment to the movement is barely visible, and the tourbillon literally appears to float in the air.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

The hand-wound caliber 16BM04-TT is composed of 472 parts and operates at 18,000 vibrations per hour. One barrel drives all the complications and ensures a 10-day power reserve. To fully wind the watch, only 75 crown-turns only are required – despite the impressive power reserve. A tribute to Edouard Bovet’s first trip to China, it also lets users track three time-zones at a glance. The local time is read traditionally in the center. The two additional 24-hour time zones are displayed on hemispherical domes representing the Earth. The central hands have been curved to fly over the protruding domes. Each time zone is framed by a window showing the name of the chosen city. The two correctors on each side of the case are for selecting the city and time. Crafted in titanium, the domes are engraved and lacquered by hand, and blue Super-LumiNova is used to highlight the oceans. A third-dome provides a day/night indication. Featured on the back of the watch is a useful power reserve indicator.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

Bovet watches are renowned for their profusion of artistic details, and the Edouard Bovet Tourbillon is no exception: the finishing is top-notch. Fine workmanship, meticulous attention to detail and the mastery of traditional crafts are evident in every detail. The movement is finely chiselled and richly engraved with floral patterns, characteristic of the Fleurier area and known as ‘Fleurisanne’. Also manufactured in-house, the blue lacquered guilloché dials are remarkable, not to mention the three domes to indicate the additional time zones and the day-night indication.

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon - SIHH 2018

The manual-winding caliber16BM04-TT is housed in the brand’s Amadeo convertible case. Patented in 2010, this smart design allows you to transform a timepiece into a reversible wristwatch, a pocket watch or a free-standing table clock. Measuring 46mm in diameter, it is proposed in pink or white gold or in platinum. It is worn on a superb alligator strap paired with a pin buckle. A gold chain is also supplied for the pocket watch configuration.

3 different configurations for the case: wristwatch, pocket-watch and table clock.

The Edouard Bovet Tourbillon is a limited edition of 60 pieces. It is covered by a 5-year warranty. Price is set at CHF 315,000 in pink gold and CHF 325,000 in white gold. For more information, please visit www.bovet.com.

2 responses

  1. Not just a wonderful watch, but ,also, a work of art.
    The skills needed to make such a masterpiece, are really beyond belief.

  2. Lovely, a word that succintly captures the overall aesthetic of Bovet. Also, an interesting glimpse into the unique tastes and sensibilities of the Chinese culture.

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