Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

Bovet is synonymous with crafting high-end timepieces, housed in noble metals, classically styled and infused with glorious complications. However, with the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph ref. SP0466, the brand demonstrates it also has the skill and versatility to create neoteric watches. Angus Davies looks closely at this avant-garde timepiece.

This detailed review of the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph includes live images, specification details and pricing.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

Some actors have a tendency to play a particular type of character and as a result are often ‘typecast’. On the other hand, the finest actors are versatile, able to depict a person so competently that the audience believe the portrayal to be real.

In the world of watchmaking, some Maison’s choose to make timepieces of a particular genre, making the personality of each watch similar. Many prospective purchasers appreciate this predictability. Personally, I favour those companies that are capable of delivering horological diversity.

Bovet is synonymous with crafting high-end timepieces, housed in noble metals, classically styled and infused with glorious complications. However, the prestigious Maison is also know for producing contemporary timepieces, such as the Bovet Pininfarina Sergio Split-Second Chronograph.

Earlier this year, I succumbed to the visual charms of a striking chronograph from the Swiss brand, the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph. Since making its acquaintance, I have felt an overwhelming urge to put pen to paper and relay my thoughts about this horological composition.

The dial

On first seeing the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph, the carbon fibre dial grabbed my attention. The lattice-work motif, comprising of black and grey hues, is fascinating to behold.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

The silver-toned hour and minute hands are openworked and feature prominent luminescent tips. Arabic numerals denote each hour and are presented in an über-modern font. In some instances these numerals are set aside in favour of indications.

Three subdials populate the dial. The press loan pictured had white counters, however, the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph is also offered with mother-of-pearl registers. A 12-hour chronograph register is positioned at 3 o’clock, a small seconds display resides at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph register is located at 9 o’clock. Each counter is framed in gleaming brightwork and presented with matching hands.

Below noon is a big date display. Two apertures reveal the prevailing date in a generously-scaled format. The lucidity of the indication is superb, sidestepping any risk of confusion. One of the wonderful idiosyncrasies of this watch is the wavy central chronograph seconds hand. It is a typical example of Bovet’s creativity.

Encircling the dial are tachymeter and pulsometer scales.

The case

The Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph is, without doubt, a large timepiece, measuring 46mm in diameter with a case thickness of 17.20mm. These proportions may be off-putting to some would-be wearers, however, I would strongly urge any prospective purchaser to place the watch upon their wrist before dismissing it, as they may be pleasantly surprised.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

The stainless steel case is treated with DLC, infusing the watch with a further dose of modernity. The black tones of the case evince an attractive sheen. The sapphire crystal sits atop the bezel, which is a complex shape, arranged in three tiers. It is the intricate profile of the bezel and several other design elements which distinguish the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph as special.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

A notable aspect of the design is the position of the chronograph push-pieces at 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock and the winding crown at noon. Some of Bovet’s watches feature the company’s AMADEO system which allows the wearer to easily convert the wristwatch to a pocket watch or table clock. While this timepiece does not have the complex AMADEO system, it does doff its hat to the styling of the Maison’s traditional offerings. For instance, the chronograph push-pieces are positioned at the top of the case similar to a vintage pocket watch.

The case-back features a pane of sapphire crystal affording views of the self-winding Calibre 13BA08.

Bovet delivers the Sportster Saguaro Chronograph on a rubber strap. The customer is offered a bewildering range of colours to choose from. I found the press sample pictured, fitted with a vibrant yellow strap, very appealing. I have also seen images of the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph with a red strap which looks equally as attractive.

The Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph has an impressive water resistance of 300 metres which, along with its rubber strap, makes it ideal for active wearers.

The movement

The Calibre 13BA08 is fitted with a blue openworked oscillating weight. The shade of the oscillating mass reaffirms the youthful character of the timepiece.

Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph

The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the power reserve is capable of delivering 42 hours of autonomy.

Closing remarks

Sometimes when I appraise a watch, I note the readability of its dial or the presence of style. The finest dial designs grant both legibility and aesthetic charm. Clearly, this is something which Bovet understands as the Sportster Saguaro Chronograph is simple to read and devilishly handsome.

Modernity permeates the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph, courtesy of its steel DLC case. The stepped bezel, the lustrous appearance of the case surfaces and the novel positioning of the chronograph push-pieces all conspire to seduce. Indeed, this is delightful watch.

Once again, Bovet has demonstrated its impressive repertoire, creating a neoteric watch that assumes a different character to its traditionally styled siblings.

Further reading

Technical specifications

  • Model: Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph
  • Reference: SP0466
  • Case: Stainless steel with black DLC; diameter 46mm; height 17.2mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 30 ATM (300 metres).
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; big date; chronograph
  • Movement: Calibre 13BA08; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); power reserve = 42 hours
  • Strap: Yellow rubber strap (alternative colours available)
  • Price: CHF 15,000 (RRP as at 23.9.2018)

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