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1840 - 1939

The Golden Age of Bovet

1840 – 1939

1840


Frédéric Bovet leaves London for Fleurier where he manages the firm’s watchmaking workshops, which at the time employed 175 people.

1849


Edouard Bovet died in Fleurier at the age of 52. At this time, the Fleurier Watch had acquired a real monopoly in China. For a long time BOVET was synonym of watch for the celestial (Chinese people) and even a trade currency within the country. «(The watch Chinese;) A. Chapuis»

1855


During the first universal exhibition held in Paris, BOVET wins the gold medal in the category ‘luxury’ for a pair of enameled watches commissioned by the Emperor of China.

1889


Fritz Bovet, the eldest son of Alphonse, files a patent for a flyback chronograph equipped with a seconds-hand, minute-counter and hour-counter allowing measurements of up to 24 hours. This ingenious mechanism offered the possibility of using the chronograph as a second time zone.

1939


BOVET files a patent for the Easel watch, which allows for the use of a pocket watch as a table clock, and a patent for the Mono Split Second chronograph which today remains highly sought-after by collectors.