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The Incredible Heritage

The essence of Bovet, then and now, with the same spirit

Mr. Raffy and Bovet’s
Private Pocket Watch Collections

Pascal Raffy is not only the owner of the House of Bovet, he is also a keen admirer and established collector of antique Bovet timepieces.

Private Collection

These pocket watches witnessed centuries of history and were manufactured some 200 years ago. These artistic timepieces once brought together the Bovet family and the Great Qing Empire. Since then, collectors around the world have been interested in these historical pocket watches.

Flower Bouquet on Purple Background

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1820

Flower Bouquet on a Dove Grey Background

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1820
Two-body 18k gold case. Spring loaded back with finely painted enamel flower bouquet on a dove grey ground, bezel decorated with leaves and flowers in azure, dark blue and red champlevé enamel. Bezel, pendant and bow set with split pearls. Spring loaded glazed gold cuvette. White enamel dial with Roman chapters. Blued steel spade shape hands. Movement with ruby duplex escapement, plain steel three-arm balance. Signed and numbered on the edge of the cuvette.

The Butterfly

Bovet London Pocket Watch made for the Chinese market, circa 1828
Two body case in 18k gold. Back cover painted on enamel with a butterfly and a bee on a Chinese rose. Bezels decorated in pink enamel. Spring loaded gold cuvette hinged to the movement ring. White enamel dial, with radial Roman chapters. Blued steel spade shape hands. Blued and bright steel Chinese calibre, free standing barrel, ruby duplex escapement. Signed on the movement.

La Madonna della Sedia

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1830

Bovet Fleurier made for the Chinese market

Two body 18k gold case. Back cover with a very fine painted Virgin and Child, after the 1514 painting “La Madonna della Sedia” by Raphael, with translucent bleu enamel over sunburst engine-turning. Bezel decorated with a repeated pattern of white enamel flowers with red enamel centers. Pendant and bow decorated with matching enamel. Dial in white enamel with Roman numerals. Blued steel hands. Gilded movement fully engraved in the manner of G. Vuillemin. Typical Bovet Chinese calibre. 6 wheel train for 8-day duration. Ruby duplex escapement. Blued steel balance spring.

Polychrome Flowers

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1830

18K gold bassine case. The case back is in champlevé and depicts a floral motif on a black enamel background. The shapes of flowers and leaves have been carved out and some have been filled with enamel while others have been left gold and unpainted to create a striking contrast effect. The pendant, bow and edge of the case are decorated with enamel.

Wound with a key. The main and top plates are made of mirror-polished steel and, because of the hardness of these parts, this type of movement is difficult to make. The wheel bridge is engraved with “BOVET FLEURIER” and the watch uses a duplex escapement.

Colonial hunting scene

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1830

The Nightingale

Bovet London Pocket Watch, circa 1830
Two-body gold case. Back cover with a finely painted enamel nightingale, singing in a flowering thorn bush. Bezels and bow set with split pearls and decorated in red and blue champlevé enamel. Spring loaded gilt cuvette hinged to the movement ring.

Romeo and Juliet

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1830

18k gold case. The case back is in painted enamel and depicts two lovers. This painting depicts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The pendant, bow and edge of the case are inlaid with pearls. Wound with a key. This is an early period Chinese watch movement. The main and top plates are made of copper and engraved with a decorative pattern. These parts are all gilded in a process that uses mercury to ensure that the gold coating lasts as long as possible. This watch uses a duplex escapement.

Flower Bouquet on Purple Background

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1830

Lemanic Landscape

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1830

Pair of Polychrome Flowers

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1830

Mandarin Duck

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1835

Mille Fleurs

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1840

Very fine and unusual 18k gold and enamel watch, set with split pearls. Cover decorated with polychrome champleve enamel floral and foliate patterns.
Movement with Chinese duplex escapement.
Signed and numbered on the edge of the cuvette.

A Pair of Doves in a Nest of Flowers

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1840

Fine and rare 18k gold case. Two-body, “Empire”, spring-loaded back cover, very finely painted on enamel with a pair of doves in a nest of roses, tulips, forget-me-nots, pansies and marigolds against a pail green enamel ground. The bezels, pendant and bow are set with split pearls. Dial in white enamel with Roman chapters. Blued steel spade shaped hands. Chinese calibre, 11 jewels, free standing barrel ruby duplex escapement, all wheels jewelled. Signed on the movement, back cover stamped inside with Geneva mark and “B” between two dots at the top and bottom.

Flower Bouquet

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1850

Chinese Zodiac 24H

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1850

Madonna and Child

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1850

Flower Bouquet on blue background for the Turkish Market

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1850

Romance

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, made for the Chinese market, circa 1850
Fine 18k gold four body case. Miniature painting on enamel. Set with split pearls. Dial in white enamel. Mirror polished steel movement. Signed on the movement.

Portrait of a Young Lady

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1860

Dancing Lady

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1860

Pair of Beautiful Ladies

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1860

Chinese Lady

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, made for the Chinese market, circa 1860
Silver case. Enamel painted, guilloche and engraved by hand. Portrait of a Chinese lady; her hair is decorated with “paillons” (gold flakes). The movement, protected by a “cuvette” is engraved with a floral garland. Signed on the movement.

Flower Bouquet on Blue Background

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1870

Serpent Attack

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1870

Polychrome Flowers

Bovet Fleurier Pocket Watch, circa 1870

Silver Pocket Watch

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1870

Silver hunting case. Stamped with the Chinese characters for Bovet “播喴.”

Wound with a key. The main and top plates are made of copper and engraved with a decorative design. These parts are all gilded in a process that uses mercury to ensure that the gold coating lasts as long as possible. The bottom plate carries the two Chinese characters for Bovet “播喴” and the watch uses an anchor escapement.

Silver watch with « reversed » dial

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1870

Chronograph in Silver Case

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1900

Silver case. Chronograph watch with the stop and start button are at three o’clock and the reset and back button are at nine o’clock.

Wound using the crown. “BOVET” is engraved on the barrel bridge and the movement is decorated with Côtes de Genève. The watch uses a Swiss anchor escapement and has flyback function.

Minute repeater in Yellow Gold

Bovet London Pocket Watch, circa 1900

18K gold hunting case. Stamped with Chinese characters for Bovet “播喴.”

Wound using the crown. The watch has a three-quarter bridge, which bears the two characters for Bovet “播喴,” and it uses a Swiss anchor escapement. It also has minute repeater function.

Chronometer « Easel »

Bovet Pocket Watch, circa 1930