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Bovet Virtuoso V Salmon: Jump Hours, Flyback Minutes, Plus A Reversible And Convertible Case

by Quill & Pad

Titanium made its very tentative steps into the world of watchmaking around three decades ago. This lightweight material first found its way into sports watches and was almost exclusively given a matte finish as it was difficult to polish.

A lot has changed since titanium is now widely used in horology. One of the characteristics of newer alloys is that it can be polished to perfection. While this makes it look almost like steel – apparently one reason this case-finishing technique was not favored 30 years ago – it does add visual lightness to the watch.

And lightness is something that Bovet has highlighted in the latest version of the Virtuoso V.

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Discover the Virtuoso V Salmon

Versatile Beauty

On the Virtuoso V, hours and minutes can be found on both sides of the timepiece. To make this timepiece even more versatile, the watchmakers developed a corrector independent of the jumping hour disk that makes it possible to display a different time zone on the reverse side of the timepiece, something collectors, and world travelers, certainly appreciate.

Synchronized Jumps

The Virtuoso V integrates two complications that are difficult to combine: jumping hours and retrograde minutes. The jump of the hour disk must be perfectly synchronized with the jump of the minute hand, a feat made possible by BOVET 1822's team of advanced engineers, constructors, and watchmakers.
The lotus flower is also used on the dials of BOVET timepieces, with 12 petals to represent the hours of the day. Take a look at the beautiful guilloche dials of BOVET’s modern timepieces, the 12 petals of the flower radiating from the center to the outside of the dial.

Four Timepieces in One

Using the patented Amadeo System, the Virtuoso V easily reverses, letting you choose which side you want to display on any given day. The timepiece also converts from the wrist to a pocket watch or a desk clock, all without any tools.

Everlasting Color

The vibrant salmon color is applied to the dials in BOVET in-house dial workshop, then baked in a special oven. After that, six layers of transparent lacquer are applied, with the dials cured between each layer, then the dial is polished. The final step is to bake the dial in the oven again as the final step. The result is a lustrous dial that will never change color.