Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two Sunshine Collection
The Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two Sunshine Collection plays with three-dimensional indications and colour to glorious effect. It features a tourbillon, hemispherical moon phase indicator and a ‘universal time with indexable second timezone with hemispherical city indicator’. Lastly, it is housed in a generously proportioned sapphire crystal case.
Pascal Raffy, owner of the prestigious Maison, Bovet, was in Geneva last week, attending the GPHG awards (Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie). Mr Raffy collected two awards, the ‘Ladies’ Watch Prize’ and the ‘Mechanical Exception Watch Prize’. The awards were richly deserved.
A fundamental strength of Bovet is that the company is vertically integrated, ‘making all components in-house’. The firm’s collection of models is diverse, ranging from classical to contemporary timepieces and from simple two-handers to ultra-sophisticated watches featuring several complications.
The brand recently unveiled the Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two Sunshine Collection encompassing bright yellow hues. The watch is equipped with a tourbillon, hemispherical moon phase indicator and a ‘universal time with indexable second timezone with hemispherical city indicator’.
Other highlights include the yellow dial at 12 o’clock that features a porous surface treated with green Super-LumiNova. This dial, along with the moon phase indicator, collectively emit an extraordinary degree of luminescence.
Lastly, the 47.8mm case subscribes to the brand’s unusual ‘writing desk’ design. However, in this instance, the case is formed of sapphire crystal, a costly form of watch housing owing to its protracted creation. Could this be the watch that sees Mr Raffy return to Geneva next year?
Price: CHF 365,000 (RRP as at 10.11.2020)
The brand’s press release (November 2020)
The House of BOVET 1822 welcomes you to explore the continued evolution of its exceptional engineering brilliance and artistry of human watchmaking, as it presents uniqueness at its best.
BOVET is proud to introduce its Sunshine Collection starting with a very limited edition of only 7 Brainstorm Chapter Two with a magnificent Yellow Dial. Mr. Raffy has imaged this new bright and vibrant yellow dial while watching the sun at the zenith from the Castle in Môtiers. Nature has always been an important source of inspiration to him. The positive energy and happiness felt while staring at the sun immediately grew into the Sunshine Collection. Yellow has much significance and cultural history, yellow ochre pigment was one of the first colours used in art.
Yellow is the most luminous of all the colours of the spectrum, it is the colour of happiness, optimism, enlightenment, creativity, and sunshine. With this timepiece, the House of BOVET honours its dedication, passion, respect for tradition, and care for the minor details that are the hallmarks of exquisite and unparalleled high watchmaking.
The new Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two Sunshine is available in fully hand-engraved movements, all in the crafted monoblock Sapphire “Writing Slope” case (47.8 mm). It features a yellow dome-shaped dial, hand-coated by the BOVET artisans with a green Super-LumiNova® (SLN) that gives the dial a powder finishing to the surface. The yellow dial accumulates light from the sun, transforming it into a vibrant green dial at dusk. The green colour not only enhances the readability at night, it also adds an unexpected new dial to this spectacular timepiece. The green SLN treatment on the entire surface of the dome and its porosity add complexity to the pad printing process, making it one of the most challenging processes.
The Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two features a patented double-face flying tourbillon, a patented radial guidance system, a three-dimensional moon phase with five days of power reserve and a patented three-dimensional V-shaped needle that allows the collector to display the time zone of their choice. This innovative combination imagined by Mr Raffy, united with the dome, allows for an intuitive Universal Time function, permitting each of the 24 time-zones to be read simultaneously.