Récital 18 Shooting Star

4 250 000 kr


Recital 18 The Shooting Star 

  • Piece Unique
  • 10-Day Power Reserve
  • 18K White Writing Slope Case
  • Astronomical Complications
  • 771 Hand-Crafted Components
  • Super-LumiNova Miniature Painting

    A True Grand Complication.

    Typically, a grand complication is a combination of three complications, but the Récital 18 Shooting Star from BOVET 1822 goes way beyond this definition. This amazing timepiece combines a mesmerizing tourbillon at 6 o'clock with a Jumping Hour, a retrograde minute display, a hemispherical precision moon phase display, dual time and world time displays, an indexable city display, and co-axial seconds on both sides of the 60-second tourbillon.

    The movement, housed in the iconic Writing Slope case, has five days of power reserve and is entirely hand-engraved in BOVET's own workshops. BOVET manufactures more than 95% of all the components of the Shooting Star in its facilities in Switzerland, using the term "Swiss Handcrafted" to underscore the amount of handwork that is done by the House.

    Designed by owner Pascal Raffy to be a truly functional traveler’s timepiece, he placed a corrector at 12 o’clock and another in the center of the crown to facilitate setting the Shooting Star's universal and local times, so that any one indication can be changed without ever affecting the others.

    With the Récital 18 Shooting Star, you will always know what time it is, anywhere in the world.

    5-day tourbillon, hemispheric universal worldwide time with selectable time zone and ultra-compact 24 cities indicator, hemispheric precision moon phase, jumping hours, retrograde minutes

    In this timepiece, the complications work together to ensure fully intuitive functionality and use. The jumping hours and retrograde minutes enable the wearer to read off local time quickly and clearly.

    Offering a new interpretation of universal time, a map representing the entire Earth contained in a single hemisphere has been specially created for this timepiece. It rotates over 24 hours inside a fixed ring divided into 24 zones. For enhanced comfort and functionality, an assignable time zone is indicated by a hand that follows the chosen meridian, its tip pointing to the time in the chosen time zone. Meanwhile, a concentric dual-roller city indicator clearly displays the name of a town situated on the meridian indicated by the hand.

    Providing a logical complement to universal time, a highly precise double moon phase indicator (north/south) has also been added directly opposite on a second rotating hemisphere.

    Enhanced realism and user comfort is provided by the engraved lunar reliefs and oceans. The surface of the moon is outlined in white Super-LumiNova while the sky and oceans have been meticulously coated in blue Super-LumiNova. As a result, the portrayal of the Earth and its satellite is strikingly realistic, even at night.

    The list of complications continues with a 5-day power reserve indicator and a tourbillon oscillating at 21,600 vph. The latter is supported by a hand-engraved bridge, whose vaulted form harmoniously and symmetrically matches the hemispheres suggested by the moon and the Earth, as well as the local time dial.

    The Recital 18 Shooting Star® was designed to be a truly functional traveler’s timepiece. A corrector at 12 o’clock and another at the center of the crown facilitate setting the timepiece to universal and local time, so that any one indication can be changed without ever affecting the others.

    Two specific patents were filed for this caliber, which was manufactured entirely in-house (see attached press release for details). One concerned the adjustable ruby runners that enable the rotation of both hemispheres by liberating their central axis. The second was for the ingenious corrector system integrated into the crown that delivers constant and separate power to the two mechanisms it drives, ensuring a perfectly optimized and secure ensemble.

    The movement’s architecture was designed to highlight our planet and its satellite—an atypical concept enhanced by the truncated case-side.

    All the components making up the movement and exterior of this timepiece were developed and manufactured by BOVET 1822 and its Manufacture DIMIER 1738. The movement itself is entirely hand-engraved with a poetic vision of the stars.

    Only 50 of these movements will be manufactured (across the entire range of models).

    About Bovet

    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.

    Mission Statement

    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.

    Describing Bovet

    These are the words we prefer to be used when describing BOVET:

    • Swiss Hand-Craftsmanship     
    • Innovation        
    • In-House Production    
    • Cutting-edge Design
    • Risk-Taking             
    • Traditional        
    • The Human Touch         
    • Manufacture

    Integrated Manufacture

    Today, Bovet is an integrated manufacture doing nearly 100% of the production and assembly of its timepieces.

    • Conception
    • Profile Turning, CNC, Electro Erosion
    • Tool Production
    • Stamping
    • Spiral Manufacture
    • Finishing
    • Polishing
    • Decoration
    • Engraving

    Technical Specifications


    • Seconds, Moon phases, Power reserve indicator, Retrograde Minutes, Jumping hours, Dual time, Worldtime, Tourbillon, Dimier


    • 46.00 mm

    THICKNESS (with glasses)

    • 18.15 mm


    • Skeletonized


    • 18-carat white gold 


    • Full skin alligator


    • Pin in 18-ct white gold ardillon


    • 30 m / 3 ATM


    • Type: Hand-wound
    • Frequency:  21’600v/h 
    • Power reserve: 120 hours
    • Tourbillon: Flying 1 minute (60 seconds)


    • R180002 Recital Shooting Star


      •  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. At that time, Edouard Bovet was residing in Canton, while his brothers, Alphonse and Frederic were in London, and Gustave was managing the workshops in Fleurier. Together, they established BOVET to be a leader in watchmaking for its exceptional level of decorations and chronometry. Edouard Bovet is recognized as the founder of the transparent case-back. The transparency revealed the peerless expertise of the Duplex escapement that equipped the BOVET movement until the arrival of the first Swiss lever escapements.


      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.

      Haute Horlogerie

      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.

      The Raffy‘s, originally hailing from the French Ardennes region and a family line originally named Raffin until the 17th century, settled briefly in Switzerland before Pascal Raffy – eager for independence at the age of 18 – set off for Paris where he studied law. It was during this period that he met his wife and acquired the first timepieces in his collection.

      A Prestigious History

      At the dawn of the 21st century, while taking a break in his career to focus on his children, Pascal Raffy was introduced to BOVET. The House needed an investor with a clear vision to restore its grandeur. 

      The prestigious history of the House dating back to 1822 along with its iconic watches, distinguished by their crown at 12 o’clock and their classic bow, immediately appealed to Pascal Raffy, who soon became the unique owner of BOVET in 2001.

      At the time, he already had a precise long-term plan of the destiny he envisioned for the House. Perpetuating the peerless expertise of the in-house artisans, achieving vertical integration and the return of movements made entirely in-house were the main springboards to success that Pascal Raffy wished to instate at BOVET 1822.

      The House of BOVET

      The year 2006 was filled with positive developments for BOVET 1822. Within a few months, Pascal Raffy successively added BOVET 1822 Manufacture de Cadrans, DIMIER 1738 Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie, as well as the Château de Môtiers to the House of BOVET.

      These acquisitions ensured the complete independence of the House and positioned it to raise its quality standards even further. Collectors, specialists, and keen observers of the watch industry have ever since saluted the technical advancements introduced by BOVET, while remaining in complete harmony with the tradition of watchmaking arts that have made the House so successful for almost two centuries.

      Family House

      In 2020, the Bovet Family welcomed Miss Audrey Raffy and her passion for Haute Horology, as she joined forces with her father Mr. Raffy to continue leading the pathway of Engineering Brilliance.

      The addition of Audrey to the House of Bovet is another reiteration of the House’s principal value: Family. Since Mr. Raffy became the owner of the House 20 years ago, his commitment has been to honor watchmaking arts and to continue to handcraft timepieces that fascinate and enthrall the most demanding collectors.

      The Amadéo® System

      Contemporary horology notably owes him the introduction of the patented Amadéo® convertible system enabling the conversion of a timepiece into a table clock, a pocket watch, a necklace, or a reversible wristwatch without the use of any tools.

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