Bovet Pinifarina Aperto 1
Bovet Pinifarina Aperto 1
Blending Past, Present and Future
Mechanical Mastery Meets the Future of High Watchmaking
- Newest timepiece emanating from the collaboration between BOVET and Pininfarina
- New movement, designed for transparency – finely-finished components, including gears and wheels, on full display
- Slightly off-centered Hour and Minute Hands
- PVD and CVD coatings of the movement components
- 42mm sand-blasted Grade 5 Titanium case
- Extremely light: total weight with strap and buckle -- 63 grams
- In-house balance wheel and regulating organ at 8 o’clock
- Running seconds at 6 o’clock
- 7-days of power reserve
- Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock
- New interchangeable strap system inspired by the Amadeo system and developed in-house by BOVET
- Timepiece comes complete with two different straps
The open-worked timepiece is a traditional design staple of the watchmaking industry. Today, with the introduction of the Aperto 1, Italian for “Open,” BOVET and Pininfarina unveil a highly contemporary take on this traditional design ethic.
This exciting new timepiece from the Houses of BOVET and Pininfarina combines the traditional arts of skeletonizing and exquisite finishing with innovation in materials and a thoroughly futuristic design. In addition, the BOVET Aperto 1 incorporates a brand-new system which makes exchanging the timepiece’s straps simple and effortless.
The BOVET Aperto 1 is a mechanical watchmaking masterpiece that redefines the traditional skeleton’s delicate, technical, and aesthetic role. It signals a bold new approach for the future of skeletonized high watchmaking. Transcending the ordinary, the timepiece continues to place the intricate dance of gears and mechanics on full display, while at the same time adding a new ingredient - supreme versatility.
Aperto 1: The Skeleton of the Future:
Designed in Collaboration with Pininfarina
With its bold, Pininfarina-led design, the Aperto 1 seamlessly blends past, present, and future. When briefing the world-renowned design house, BOVET owner Pascal Raffy requested Pininfarina’s designers to conceive a more versatile and modern interpretation of the age-old art of skeletonization, opening everything for all to see. He asked for simplicity, transparency and lightness to be expressed in a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic, emphasizing all-round usability, offering a high level of flexibility to the timepiece’s owner.
The result is an exciting, almost playfully modern timepiece which pays homage to the open-work watchmaking genre while transforming the visual appeal of a skeletonized timepiece into a more robust expression, perfectly adapted to our modern-day environment. Extremely light, thanks to its grade 5 titanium case and well-sized at 42mm, the Aperto 1 is supremely comfortable on the wrist.
Drawing inspiration from Pininfarina’s vast repertoire including sports cars, yachts, airplanes, architecture and furniture, the Aperto 1 exudes a perfect balance of elegance, savoir-faire and functionality, together with a spirited sporty character. With Aperto 1, time is revealed in its purest and most contemporary form yet.
For the More Technically Minded:
A Masterpiece of Engineering and Design
The BOVET Aperto 1 is powered by a brand-new, hand-wound, open-worked manufacture movement that captures the essence of futurist high watchmaking with its impeccable design and precision engineering, reduced to its bare essentials.
Its open-worked movement has had everything extraneous removed; its bridges and plates all merging in the center of the movement. Thanks to sapphire crystals on both sides, the in-house movement architecture of this timepiece is on full display.
Aperto 1 features a 42mm grade 5 Titanium case that is sandblasted in such a way that fingerprints will not show after handling. The movement itself is coated with black and tantalum grey treatments, highlighting its cutting-edge architecture. The movement components are all crafted in-house by BOVET, open-worked and finished by hand to perfection.
Each movement undergoes at least 10 hours of hand-finishing just for the plates and bridges alone. The techniques used include: PVD or CVD coating (depending on the color); bead blasting (challenging not to deform the components and to keep a uniform orientation of the grains); graining of the flanks; polishing of the bevels; polishing of stone gouges and screws; perlage, circular Côtes de Genève; polishing, and anglage. This extraordinary level of attention to detail, beloved by collectors, should be viewed through a loupe to be completely appreciated.
Ultimate finesse is required of BOVET’s dedicated artisans due to the movement parts being coated before assembly. Great care must be exercised not to damage the coatings in any way. One slip of a tool during assembly and the component must be discarded.
A significant and distinguishing feature of the Aperto 1 is its unique approach to interchangeable straps, inspired by BOVET's patented Amadeo system. Ultimate versatility is the result. Using a completely new system created exclusively for Aperto 1, the owner is able to change the straps in just a few seconds by simply activating the pushers to remove each strap and insert an alternative one. The system couldn't be easier or quicker, underlining the attention to the needs of collectors that defines all BOVET timepieces. Each Aperto 1 comes with two straps, and additional straps may be purchased through authorized BOVET retailers.
BOVET and Pininfarina
The Pininfarina name is characterized by its rich history in design excellence and craftsmanship, developing engineering artwork for more than 90 years. BOVET echoes this ethos in horology, with generations of artisans over its 200-year history shaping incredible, meticulously detailed timepiece artistry.
The partnership between this exclusive design House and BOVET began in 2010 when BOVET owner, Pascal Raffy, first met Paolo Pininfarina, the chairman of Pininfarina. They soon realized how much their companies had in common, particularly a love for superbly designed, fine mechanical items.
A collaboration was born that same year, one that has resulted in several unique BOVET timepieces, including the Cambiano, the Sergio, the Ottanta, and the Ottantasei. The companies’ mutual vision and expertise becomes apparent in every aspect of the collaboration. The unique skills of both Houses have led to the creation of singular timepieces that simply could not have been realized without combining the skills of BOVET’s dedicated artisans and the creative flair of the design team at Pininfarina.
The Aperto 1 extends the BOVET/Pininfarina universe into the future of open-worked timepieces and deepens the contemporary aesthetic that all Pininfarina-designed BOVET timepieces share.
“I’m very excited about this vibrant, young timepiece. The Aperto 1 embodies BOVET’s and Pininfarina's passion for contemporary and futuristic design in mechanically exceptional timepieces. It exudes a new, modern design language, new colors, and new materials. The Aperto 1 is a departure for both BOVET and Pininfarina, creating a timepiece of great versatility while remaining true to the aesthetic senses of both Houses. We believe the Aperto 1 will not only captivate watch enthusiasts but also ignite the imagination of those who dare to dream and are willing to push boundaries.”
Pascal Raffy Owner of BOVET
“The relationship with BOVET is more than a collaboration as it is based on a common passion for beauty, craftsmanship and innovation, resulted in a collection of unique timepieces over the last 13 years. Today, we are proud to be next to BOVET presenting Aperto 1, the forerunner of a new chapter of the association of our values, able to express a new design language and a brand new experience for those who love timepieces as we do. ”
Paolo Pininfarina Pininfarina Chairman
For more than 200 years, Bovet 1822 has been manufacturing Swiss Handcrafted timepieces, introducing innovative designs and astounding complications that push the boundaries of traditional watchmaking.
Since 1822, the House of BOVET has been focusing on the decorative arts, timepiece design, chronometry, and mechanical timekeeping ingenuity.
With its in-house capability, BOVET 1822 is committed to manufacturing its own components, including complicated movements, dials, cases, and even spirals (something only a handful of companies can claim).
Mr. Pascal Raffy
In 2001, the House of BOVET is purchased by Pascal Raffy, a collector of BOVET and other timepieces.
Mr. Raffy is now the sole owner of BOVET 1822.
In 2006, Mr. Raffy purchased DIMIER 1738, a manufacture of tourbillons and spirals, as well as a case manufacturer.
At the same time, he purchased the Castle of Môtiers, once owned by the Bovet family, and installed the headquarters of the brand and the timepiece assembly, final quality control, as well as the engraving workshop.
Under the visionary guidance of owner Mr. Pascal Raffy, BOVET 1822 acquired renowned tourbillon and dial manufactures in 2006. DIMIER 1738, now renamed BOVET 1822, immediately began producing the Maison’s movements, hair springs, and dials in-house.
These are the words we prefer to be used when describing BOVET:
The Human Touch
Today, Bovet is an integrated manufacture doing nearly 100% of the production and assembly of its timepieces.
Profile Turning, CNC, Electro Erosion
- Hours, minutes, seconds
- 42 mm
- 10.95 mm
- Open-worked dial
- Sand blasted/matte finish Titanium
- Amadeo-inspired interchangeable rubber strap (two straps included)
- Pin in Titanium
- 30 m / 3 ATM
- Caliber: 15BMPF09-OW
- Type: High-watchmaking hand-wound manufacture movement
- Measurements: 34mm, 15 lines, 5,8 mm high
- Components: 219
- Number of Jewels : 38
- Frequency: 21’600vph / 3Hz
- Power reserve: 168 hours / 7 Days
- 5 years
History of Bovet
1797 – 1839
Establishment of the BOVET Dynasty
Edouard Bovet was born in Fleurier. He was the son of Jean-Frédéric Bovet. He followed his father’s footsteps and became a master-watchmaker.
Edouard Bovet left London April 20 aboard the Orwell, ship of the “Compagnie des Indes,” on a voyage to China. He arrived in Canton, on August 16, where he quickly sold four watches for the sum of CHF 10,000 representing the equivalent of one million dollars today.
The House of BOVET, a family business, was registered on May 1st, in London.
The CHÂTEAU DE MÔTIERS was built in the 14th century, overlooking le Val-de-Travers and Fleurier. It was sold to Henri-François Dubois-Bovet.
1840 – 2000
BOVET’s Golden Age
Frédéric Bovet left London and returned home to Fleurier, where he managed the watchmaking workshops that at the time employed 175 people.
Edouard Bovet died in Fleurier at the age of 52, leaving his legacy in China. At that time, BOVET was a synonym of watch for the celestial (Chinese people), and used as a trade currency.
During the Universal Exhibition held in Paris, BOVET won the gold medal in the category ‘luxury’ for a pair of enameled watches commissioned by the Emperor of China.
Fritz Bovet, Alphonse’s eldest son, filed a patent for a flyback chronograph equipped with a seconds-hand, minute-counter, and hour-counter that featured measurements of up to 24 hours. This ingenious mechanism offered the possibility of using the chronograph as a second-time zone.
BOVET filed a patent for the Easel watch, which allowed the use of a pocket watch as a table clock. Another patent was filed for the Mono Split-Second chronograph, which today remains highly desirable among collectors.
Henri-François Dubois-Bovet’s great grandchildren gifted the Castle of Môtiers to the state of Neuchâtel.
2001 – Present
The Pinnacle of the Watchmaking Arts
Pascal Raffy, a passionate collector of Haute Horology, became sole owner of BOVET Fleurier SA.
Pascal Raffy bought the Castle of Môtiers, classified as a historical monument, from the State of Neuchâtel, and established the first BOVET’s assembly workshop. To continue the legacy of the Bovet brothers, he soon integrated the DIMIER 1738 Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale and BOVET Manufacture of dials.
To celebrate their mutual respect and admiration, the House of BOVET and Pininfarina established a partnership to create luxury sport timepieces that unites their passion for design and engineering brilliance.
The House of BOVET premiered the patented Amadéo® convertible case, which allows you to transform your timepiece in a reversible wristwatch, table clock and pocket watch (or necklace watch) without the use of any tool.
BOVET launched the Virtuoso II Caliber, the first movement not regulated by a tourbillon to be entirely developed and handcrafted in-house.
Pascal Raffy unveiled two historical timepieces exclusively handcrafted by the BOVET’s artisans: the incredible Braveheart®, with 6 patents and an impressive 22-day power reserve, and the 19Thirty designed in homage to the pocket watches created by the Bovet family in the 1930s.
Pascal Raffy’s commitment and dedication to the highest level of Haute Horology is both acknowledged and honored when the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awards the Récital 22 Grand Récital, its most coveted award, the Aiguille d’Or.
The Bovet Family welcomed Miss Audrey Raffy and her passion for Haute Horology, as she joined forces with her father Mr. Pascal Raffy to continue leading the pathway of Engineering Brilliance.
Mr. Pascal Raffy was honored to receive the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève award for Mechanical Exception for the magnificent Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two and the Ladies’ Watch award for the beautiful Miss Audrey timepiece.
Mr. Pascal Raffy’s long-term strategy and vision.
Heritage, Innovation, Emotion, and Passion
Mr. Pascal Raffy’s tremendous energy, paired with a long-term strategy and vision, has enabled him to raise the House of BOVET to the pinnacle of the watchmaking arts.
Pascal Raffy discovered the fascinating world of Haute Horlogerie during his childhood when Sundays were spent with his grandfather, a watch connoisseur who used to show him the timepieces from his collection. He would review the specific features of each, along with their history or their influence on the technical or artistic evolution of fine watchmaking.
That was enough to ignite an ongoing passion for Haute Horlogerie and even more importantly instil the human values and awareness of authentic luxury thus passed on to Pascal Raffy. These qualities now represent the pillars upon which the House of BOVET has built its success.