ONLY WATCH – 10TH EDITION
For the 10th edition of the Only Watch auction in favor of raising funds for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, BOVET selected magenta as the primary color because of what it represents –- kindness, harmony, support, and love.
The award-winning Orbis Mundi was also chosen by BOVET as the base for the creation of this unique piece because of its universal time display, and for how travel brings the world together, expanding horizons, fostering understanding, and increasing compassion.
The dial of the Orbis Mundi is guilloché, covered with seven layers of vibrant magenta lacquer, each one applied by hand, then dried before the application of the next layer. When all seven layers are in place, the dial is fired in the oven and then polished.
On the world time dial, Monaco, where ONLY WATCH is based, replaces the Geneva time zone, and this is in magenta as well, helping it to stand out as a beacon to the world. The X on the hour dial is in the same hue as well, a nod to the 10th edition of ONLY WATCH.
CLOSE UP ON THE ORBIS MUNDI
Multiple time zone timepieces are in the DNA of the House, and BOVET has produced several variations on this theme. The Orbis Mundi, Latin for “the world,” was first released in 2022 and simplifies both the setting and the indications of the world timer for a new generation of watch lovers. The time and the 24 world cities dial are both set with just the crown — no correctors or pushers needed. Turn the crown counter-clockwise to set the hours and minutes, and clockwise to set the unique 24 world time zone dial.
Exquisitely finished, the Orbis Mundi stands out for its ease of use and emblematic Fleurier case that recalls the iconic shape of the pocket watches. Moreover, the 42mm red gold case provides optimal comfort no matter the size of the wearer’s wrist, thanks to its slim profile (11.25mm) and its iconic real-sapphire-cabochon-topped crown and BOVET bow at 12 o’clock.
In addition to clear and easily readable hours and minutes, this timepiece opens up the dial to display the in-house BOVET balance wheel and regulating organ, with its three-arm rotating second hand and a 20-second dial at 6 o’clock. On the right side, is the power reserve indicator, highlighting the impressive seven days of power reserve with one single barrel.
The sapphire glass of the screw-down back lets collectors appreciate every detail of this finely finished manual-wind manufacture movement, polished, angled, and decorated like BOVET’s high complications, thanks to the work of the in-house artisans.
The ONLY WATCH Special Edition Orbis Mundi details
|Fleurier 42mm case in 18K red gold, sapphire caseback
|Magenta Guilloche Base Dial
Unique and Easy to Read World Time Display
Monaco in Magenta
The “X” on the Hour Dial in Magenta for the 10th Edition of Only Watch
|Meticulously-finished high-watchmaking hand-winding manufacture movement
Exposed In-House Hairspring and Escapement
|Hours, Minutes, Sub Seconds
Power Reserve indicator
world time display
All Functions Set Through the Crown
|21,600 vph/3 Hz
|7 days with a single barrel
The House of BOVET is one of the few completely integrated manufactures in the watchmaking industry. BOVET produces more than 95% of the components that go into its timepieces, and as a result the House uses the term “Swiss Handcrafted” instead of “Swiss Made,” as the Swiss Made barrier, 60%, is too low.
The Orbis Mundi endeavors to bring the world closer together, and the hope of this special unique piece for ONLY WATCH is that the world will come together to rally behind and support this worthy cause.
“ONLY WATCH is a fantastic opportunity for the entire watch industry to come together to do the right thing, selflessly,” says Pascal Raffy, owner, BOVET 1822.
“Helping children is the focus of ONLY WATCH, and as such this cause is dear to my heart. This year is the 10th edition of ONLY WATCH, and I say this for all the artisans at BOVET, we are happy and proud to support this incredible effort.”