The Bovet 19Thirty collection has been expanded for 2021 with the addition of a new model, housed in the brand’s distinctive Fleurier case. This model’s pièce de résistance is undoubtedly its rich crimson dial, enlivened with guilloché and juxtaposed with a sea of blackened Côtes de Genève, presented on a slightly lower level.
Bovet is synonymous with making ultra-high-end watches, encompassing fine materials and high complications. Last year, the Swiss brand won the ‘Mechanical Exception Watch Prize’ at GPHG 2020 for its horological tour de force, the Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2. Housed in a 47.8mm sapphire case, this model emulates the sloped appearance of a writing desk. It is equipped with a double-sided flying tourbillon, a precision moon phase, an ingenious city disc and second time zone. Needless to say such excellence attracts commensurate pricing with the model retailing for CHF 355,000.
The brand won a further GPHG prize with its Miss Audrey watch. In this instance, the dial is adorned with green guilloché, the bezel is embellished with diamonds and the case features the brand’s iconic crown and bow, positioned at noon. Interestingly, this timepiece is priced at CHF 20,500, a keen price considering its high-end execution.
At the heart of Bovet’s paradigm is an appreciation of artistic crafts, notable design prowess and a capacity to make fine watches encompassing a myriad of complications. Moreover, the luxury marque is a Manufacture, making numerous components in-house.
Historically the Bovet 19Thirty, has been one of the brand’s more affordable offerings. It is available with ‘conventional’ lugs (the ‘Dimier’ model) or with the aforementioned crown and bow, positioned at noon (Fleurier model).
Now, Bovet has unveiled a new 19Thirty model for 2021. The model features the brand’s Fleurier case, imbuing the composition with an appearance reminiscent of an antique pocket watch. The case measures 42mm in diameter and is available in a choice of red gold or stainless steel. However, this watch’s pièce de résistance is undoubtedly its rich crimson dial, enlivened with guilloché and juxtaposed with a sea of blackened Côtes de Genève, presented on a slightly lower level.
An exhibition caseback reveals the hand-wound movement, the Calibre 15BM04 which is beautifully appointed with fine finishing and presented in a near-symmetrical design. Assuming the timepiece is fully wound, it will run autonomously for 7 days despite having just one barrel.
Considering the exquisite execution of the Bovet 19Thirty, the pricing seems very reasonable, making it a viable alternative to some of Haute Horologerie’s bigger brands.
Price: CHF 22,700 (stainless steel – RRP as at 18.2.2021)
Price: CHF 34,600 (18-carat red gold – RRP as at 18.2.2021)
The brand’s press release
The youngest family in the BOVET 1822 collections is expanding this year with a new model that instantly dazzles with its elegant contrasts and delicate finishes, even those too subtle to perceive.
The 19Thirty collection stands out for its ease of use and Fleurier case, a true symbol of two centuries of watchmaking excellence. It is immediately identifiable by its crown and bow situated at 12 o’clock in a nod to 19th-century pocket watches.
The ergonomic 42 mm case in red gold or stainless steel provides optimal comfort no matter the size of the wearer’s wrist. The sapphire cabochon that ornaments the crown of the timepiece highlights its exceptional elegance.
For 2021, Mr Pascal Raffy has created an enchanting, deep red dial decorated by artisanal dial-craftsmen with the finest materials.
The movement’s technical excellence and the artistic aspect of these sumptuous off-centre dials come together to present an elegant circular “Côtes de Genève” pattern whose black embellishment contrasts with and showcases the intense red of the guilloché dials.
In addition to hours and minutes, these timepieces display the seconds at 6 o’clock in a perfect echo of 19th-century pocket watches. They have seven days of power reserve although the movement is powered by a single barrel. This timepiece’s incredible energy efficiency is thanks to BOVET 1822’s legendary mastery of chronometry and the brand’s long power reserves, for which it holds the all-time record: this was achieved by a pocket watch produced at the dawn of the 20th century that reached an outstanding power reserve of 370 days. Such results are made possible by traditional artisanal methods and uncompromising finishes on each and every component. The manufacturing and decoration quality standards for the components are of the highest order and match up to the standards used for the finest complications.
The sapphire glass of the screw-down back lets collectors appreciate every last detail. This offering fully aligns with the history of Maison BOVET: the BOVET brothers were particularly well- known for inventing the transparent back at the dawn of the 19th century.
By manufacturing all this timepiece’s components (including the very sensitive tandem balance-spring), BOVET 1822 ensures the extraordinary, durable chronometry and reliability that form its reputation.