Pascal Raffy discovered the fascinating world of Haute Horlogerie during his childhood when Sundays were spent with his grandfather a watch connoisseur who used to show him the timepieces from his collection. He would review the specific features of each, along with their history or their influence on the technical or artistic evolution of fine watchmaking.
That was enough to ignite an ongoing passion for Haute Horlogerie and even more importantly instil the human values and awareness of authentic luxury thus passed on to Pascal Raffy. These qualities now represent the pillars upon which the House of BOVET has built its success. The Raffy‘s, originally hailing from the French Ardennes region and a family line originally named Raffin until the 17th century, settled briefly in Switzerland before Pascal Raffy – eager for independence at the age of 18 – set off for Paris where he studied law. It was during this period that he met his wife and acquired the first timepieces in his collection.
A Prestigious history
At the dawn of the 21st century, while taking a break in his career to focus on his children, Pascal Raffy was introduced to the House of BOVET. This sleeping beauty needed an investor to awaken it and restore it to its legendary former glory. The prestigious history of the House dating back to 1822 along with its iconic watches, distinguished by their crown at 12 o’clock and their classic bow, immediately appealed to Pascal Raffy, who soon became the unique owner of BOVET in 2001. At the time, he already had a precise long-term plan of the destiny he envisioned for the House. Perpetuating the peerless expertise of the in-house artisans, achieving vertical integration and the return of movements made entirely in-house were the main springboards to success that Pascal Raffy wished to instate at BOVET 1822.
The House of Bovet
2006 was a year brimming with positive developments for BOVET 1822. Within a few months, Pascal Raffy successively added BOVET 1822 Manufacture de Cadrans, DIMIER 1783 Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie, as well as the Château de Môtiers to the House of BOVET. These acquisitions ensured the complete independence of the House and positioned it to raise its quality standards even further. Ever since collectors, specialists and keen observers of the watch industry have annually saluted the technical advancements introduced by Bovet, while remaining in complete harmony with the tradition of watchmaking arts that have made the House so successful for almost two centuries. Alongside his rigorously organized and methodical nature, Pascal Raffy is a highly intuitive individual and this intuition undeniably guides him to the right choices – a fact that has led him to be widely considered a modern day visionary. He is the kind of man whose innate charisma immediately wins over an entire audience.
The Amadeo© System
His tremendous energy, paired with a long-term strategy and vision, have enabled Pascal Raffy to raise the House of BOVET to the pinnacle of the watchmaking arts. Contemporary horology notably owes him the introduction of the Amadeo® system enabling the conversion of a timepiece into a table clock, a pocket watch, a necklace watch or a reversible wristwatch – and to do so without any tools.
This combination of roles is all the more legitimate for one of the most prestigious tourbillon movement manufacturers, given that the tourbillon was invented in the age of pocket watches to counter the effects of gravity when timepieces are in a vertical position. With Pascal Raffy at the helm, the innovative future of the House of Bovet and all its parts is firmly grounded on a coherent attitude together with full respect for its prestigious and legendary history.