Every so often – and I like to think this is pretty unusual these days – a watch is released that barely needs an article to explain its function or internal technology. If I were to hand you a couple of photographs of the new Bovet Zegarki Replica Amadeo Fleurier 43 Watch, you might just shrug and say “Yeah, I get it. So what?” Well, exactly “what” you make of this diamond-encrusted piece really hinges on how comfortable you are with the notion of watches as works of art.
Not in the event of this Bovetevägen 9 Viken Replica Virtuoso VIII 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Big Date, since the winding mechanism includes a round String that halves the numbers of turns necessary to completely wind the eye. Unbelievably, it does so without raising either the friction or induce required.Another practical feature is the correction for the significant date. No pusher is required because the date can be corrected by simply pressing the crown. And because the crown can be found at 12 o’clock, there’s no fear of casual date corrections either.As I said in the start, Bovet watches would be those that you either love or despise. Personally, I’m quite fond of their elaborate styling and I can certainly nourish wealthy collectors adding you to their group. If you ever want to truly and distinctly feel like little horological gnomes are behind the plan, production, and assembly of your high-end wrist watch, then something like the new-for-2016 Bovet Recital 18 Shooting Star is a good place to begin looking. Few timepieces can combine such a sheer majesty of specifics, unconventional layout, and complications in a package that’s as much fantasy as it is a piece of practical, mechanical art.aBlogtoWatch debuted the Bovet Recital 18 Shooting Star watch here at the outset of SIHH 2016. Bovet is not a new that gifts at SIHH however, rather, nearby in Geneva at precisely the same moment. This is important to notice because the brand does not display at Baselworld either. I frequently like to place the brand in a similar location since Parmigiani because, in their own way, every has a great deal of watches that focus on technical merits and designs which, given Western criteria, are unorthodox at best.
I’ve been writing about watches for a long time; I’ve been working on them even longer; and I’ve been in the industry longer still. I’m not sure when I decided where I stood on the “are watches art?” issue, but I can tell you this: I can’t remember regarding watches as anything but works of art. Some of it is high brow, some of it low. It doesn’t really matter where the watch falls on the scale for it to be considered an art form. But maybe that has more to do with your definition of art (and I have an admittedly broad definition of the word). What I’ve always believed is that something qualifies as art if it is the “expression of that which cannot be said.”
So basically, it is, in my mind, anything that makes us feel, rather than telling us what to think. Loads of things fall into this category, even sport! Literature qualifies because the words, like brush strokes, paint a picture in our minds that is different for everybody. A technical manual does nothing but instruct; art enables lateral thought, individual emotion, and a unique takeaway. The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43, therefore, qualifies as art in my mind. The watch is part of Bovet’s convertible range, meaning the watch can easily be detached from the wrist strap (which is genuine blue alligator) and turned into a pocket watch, or table clock. A cool touch that adds a little bit of technical interest to something that is otherwise little more than jewelry.
To top it off, we get a stunning view of this patented double confront flying tourbillon, which provides us a glimpse at what is powering everything. The tourbillon itself is outfitted with a varying inertia balance wheel, which Bovet pairs together with carefully selected balance springs. It is apparently a serious dedication to chronometry together with everything we’ve come to expect out of Bovet and more. The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium is going to be made in red gold, white gold, or silver case configurations which can be customized as Bovet has historically provided. It comes in an alligator leather strap fitted with an 18K red or white gold ardillon buckle.Bovet concerns themselves with producing works of horological art for collectors that can appreciate and manage the product of the craft. The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium takes its rightful place inside the Récital range and it will be a visual horological treat to hopefully share in hands-on photos soon. Some 195 decades ago, Bovet was founded by Edouard Bovet in London, who’d go on to make watches to sell in China. The history afterward is a bit hazy, but something that’s certain is that Bovet watches are similar to any other. Love them or loathe them a lot of Bovet watches have a fashion quite unlike anything else, and I have to respect them for that. Unlike other brands which may seem subject to trends and fads, Bovet seems blissfully unconcerned, creating watches that are uniquely theirs. Furthermore, many of their high-end pieces feature intriguing technical innovations. Since 2017 marks the 195th anniversary of Bovet, the brand has just released the brand new Bovet Virtuoso VIII 10-Day Flying Tourbillon Big Date watch, a limited-edition piece to commemorate the event.
So the main thing you’ll notice when you look at the Bovet 72 C Replica Amadeo Fleurier 43 is probably the rather striking image of a horse-mounted, crown-wearing, bow-toting rider of the Apocalypse bedecked in a cloak, galloping over clouds. Right. Standard wrist candy? Not so much. This is something for the connoisseur. I mean, it’s easy to gripe over this watch’s lack of mainstream appeal (especially at Bovet’s price bracket), but when you’re only making one (and this piece is genuinely unique in that sense) you don’t need a lot of people to like it. There are a startling amount of people in the world who have enough money to buy this kind of product, and the chances are in Bovet’s favour that one of them will think it’s the bees knees. And anyway, art has a weird habit of appreciating in value for the oddest reasons.
Watches are no different. Swatch once released a watch featuring the late Nicolas Hayek’s face on rotating discs, that aligned every so often to make a perfect picture of the man himself. It was widely derided for its appearance, but still sold like hot cakes. Nowadays, in lieu of his passing and his assured place in history, the Hayek Swatch is one of the most collectable and sought after. Now, I’m not saying this Bovet 5 Jours Replica has the same kind of importance to the industry, but it might have that kind of emotional appeal to someone who has a particular penchant for the dial subject.
The watch features a very nicely decorated movement, referred to by Robert E Bovet Replica as the 11BA12 calibre. It has a 72-hour power reserve and operates at 28,800vph. Truth be told, it is super basic, but if you’re buying this watch for its artistic merit, complications are not that high on your shopping list. The diamonds will split opinion, especially given the somewhat “masculine” (and I say that really loosely) dial image and size (43mm), but it looks pretty cool on the wrist. What is definitely cool is the technique that has gone into the painting of the dial. Love or hate the end product, it is hard to fault the superb execution of an old-world skill. This dial has been painted by Russian jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov on to an 18k gold base plate. It’s my opinion that the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 makes the “are watches art” debate easy to win – how is this any different from a painting? And I guess some people might argue that some watches are art (like this one), and some are just watches (like the Casio G-Shock), but there were plenty of people who laughed at Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup before it became a modern classic.
You don’t have to like or respect something for it to be art. If it delivers a wordless message, if it makes you feel something, then I think it’s worthy of that classification. With just one Bovet Et Fils Sa Replica Amadeo Fleurier 43 piece available, with a price tag of $196,700 (CHF 171,000), Bovet are banking on one super rich collector agreeing that this piece deserves a spot on their winder. Who knows? In twenty years time, it might turn out to be the best investment they ever made. bovet.com