The House of BOVET launched in 2006 the Dimier collection in honor of the craftsmen of the eponymic Manufacture.
The origins of the inspiration are clearly spread between the two muses of this ultimate Récital watch. The dial, the hands and the indications are from Récital 1, while the tourbillon carriage and the already emblematic shape of its bridges come from Récital 0. Observing the movement through the sapphire crystal case-back provides proof that the noblest expression of this fusion stems from a full-fledged new development. The centrings of the two barrels and of the going train are spread between two bridges that occupy an equal surface on the upper part of the mainplate. The design of one of them evokes the Récital 1 movement, and that of the other is reminiscent of Récital 0. Their respective outlines form two wings united in the centre of the movement and which literally send the airy, feather-light tourbillon soaring to heights of elegance and refinement.
While, as one has come to expect from DIMIER watchmakers (BOVET’s Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale), each detail of each component is decorated in accordance with BOVET’s specific aesthetic and quality criteria, it is the discretion and understatement of this Récital 10 Tourbillon that most vividly express its qualities. The emotion conveyed through each BOVET watch leads Pascal Raffy to say that they are made to be experienced. The enchanting, almost human and vibrant expression of the face of this Récital 10 certainly confirms this reality more powerfully than ever.
The indications are distinctly laid out to enhance readability. The central hours and minutes are displayed by the House’s legendary pair of serpentine hands. The identically shaped power reserve hand at 12 o’clock marks off the 7-day autonomy on an exquisitely rimmed circular indicator.
The symmetry, the balance and the proportions must indeed be experienced in order to appreciate their extreme perfection. Another subtle symbol of this fusion lies in the seamless integration of the arms of the upper carriage bridge – stemming from Récital 0 within the perfect cut-out shape of the dial borrowed from Récital 1. The finely bevelled edges of these two elements are aligned with a precision that only a human hand could achieve. The contrasting colours and finishes between the two components sublimates each of them and at the same time contributes to achieving harmony between the two original inspirations. Finally, the circular Côtes de Genève adorning the dial radiates out from the tourbillon axis rather than from the centre of the watch itself.
After checking the time that is indicated, the gaze is naturally drawn to this concentric layout to the very heart and soul of the watch: the centre of the tourbillon which smiles at the collector in an infinitely appealing manner – once again confirming that this new interpretation by Pascal Raffy and his teams effectively celebrates the perfect juxtaposition between fine craftsmanship and technical sophistication as well as between historical heritage and innovative future.