Moscow, December 2017. The third iteration of the Moscow Grand Prix “Watches in Russia” honoured the masterfully crafted and highly complicated Récital 20 Astérium. The vote was particularly important as, for the first time; the jury included ten of their faithful Revolution subscribers.
The Récital 20 Astérium continues the tradition set by the Récital 18 Shooting Star, reprising the characteristic shaped case to present an unprecedented mechanical display that showcases the volumes and decoration of the timepiece. What is more, the diptych now formed by these two timepieces takes us on a genuine philosophical journey to the edges of time and space.
With Récital 20 Astérium, Pascal Raffy and the BOVET watchmakers invite us to explore the universe.
Time is defined by the position of the stars in the sky. With this in mind, the BOVET technicians opted to map out the stars and constellations visible from the Earth on a dome of translucent blue quartz, on which they are laser-engraved before being coated in Super-LumiNova to create a dazzling true-to life sky. The lower left- and right-hand sections of the night sky overlook two double hemispheric indicators. On the left, a precision moon phase lingers above the equation of time indicator as on the right; the retrograde minutes overlay the power reserve indicator.
The Récital 20 Astérium is built around the concept of the sidereal year, which follows the actual orbital period of the Earth around the Sun – 365.25 days. The calendar function is visible from the case back, where a single central hand performs a complete rotation every 365.25 days. The same hand also travels along a graduation indicating the signs of the zodiac, symbolized by the constellations in front of which the sun appears throughout the year – hence the delicately hand-engraved sun that is riveted to the part of the hand that passes over this section. The seasons are also indicated further inside the timepiece, as are the solstices and equinoxes. Additionally, an annual calendar (dates and months) is graduated on the case back bezel and serves to precisely regulate the night sky.
Awarded with the Complicated Watch of the Year by Revolution Russia, the two-time patented Récital 20 Astérium confirms its title of horological art piece for collectors in quest of true luxury.