The story of the Maison BOVET officially began on May 1, 1822, but its destiny was set in motion by a major event four years earlier, in 1818.
To mark the bicentenary of Edouard Bovet’s first journey to china
Pascal Raffy and the craftsmen in his manufactures have naturally chosen to design and make a timepiece dedicated to travel.
The Edouard Bovet Tourbillon is powered by a single barrel that ensures its impressive autonomy of over ten days, despite its many complications and 472 components. Using this same power, three different time zones can be displayed based on an entirely original configuration that offers complete and intuitive readability, with the local time zone occupying the center of the timepiece. In addition to the hour and minute hands, a dome indicates the day-night cycle. This dome turns anti-clockwise to represent reality as closely as possible, with the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.
Each of the two additional times displayed correspond to any one of the earth’s twenty-four-time zones, set according to the user’s preference. Each window displays the name of the chosen city and the time in this same zone via a hand that moves over a 24-hour dial. This hand follows the contour of a hemispherical dome representing the Earth and naturally passes over the meridian of the chosen time zone. To minimize power consumption and optimize the timepiece’s chronometry, the two domes are made of titanium. This choice of material makes the craftsmanship of these domes more complicated, both technically and artisanally. The dome’s surface is engraved to represent a world map, which has been specially redesigned to take up the hemispherical surface of the dome. The surface of the oceans is lowered in order to receive the blue Super-LumiNova, which is delicately applied by hand.
The Edouard Bovet Tourbillon is housed in the emblematic Amadeo convertible case. Patented in 2010, the Amadeo system transforms a timepiece into a reversible wristwatch, a table clock, or a pocket watch without the use of any tools. This feature requires the time to be displayed on both sides of the movement and in the case of the Edouard Bovet Tourbillon, the second face presents hand-engraving that adorns each detail of its surface. It features a dial displaying the hours and minutes, synchronized with the display of local time. This offset dial has been re-sized for increased readability. The power reserve indicator completes the time-related information displayed on this face of the timepiece. The movement continuously and simultaneously drives no less than eight hands and three hemispherical displays. For exceptional efficiency, ensuring an exemplary power reserve and chronometric prowess, each component has been made according to the strictest rules of watchmaking. The pivots have been burnished and the teeth of each moving part have been cut by hobbing with the greatest respect for artisanal tradition, as conceived and practiced by the Bovet brothers at the dawn of the nineteenth century.
Available in red gold, white gold, or platinum, the Edouard Bovet Tourbillon offers exceptional ergonomics despite its dense mechanics. With collectors in mind, the limited edition restricts the number of movements that will be manufactured, independently of how they are defined. Only sixty movements will leave the manufacture’s workshops, ensuring a level of exclusivity that reflects the excellence of this historic timepiece.