Features & Functionality
Bovet Battista Tourbillon
Bovet Battista Tourbillon
- Patented Double-Sided 60-Second Flying Tourbillon
- Brand New Movement with Big Date Display
- 10-Days of Power Reserve
- Asymmetrical Dials celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Pininfarina.
- Skeletonized Movement Architecture Inspired by the Battista GT Hyper Car.
- Exclusive-designed Vegan Rubber Straps
Designed in collaboration with Automobili Pininfarina, the Battista Tourbillon features a patented flying tourbillon movement with 10 days of power reverse in a revolutionary and complicated sandwich-style case with two box sapphire crystals on each side.
The Battista Tourbillon features exquisite detailing inspired by the design language and features of the hyper-GT itself. Every element of the timepiece’s design has been crafted to reflect Automobili Pininfarina’s PURA design philosophy, which uses elegant simplicity and lightness as its starting point.
Applying the design know-how and philosophy of Battista on such a small-scale object was an enormous challenge, though, requiring a completely different approach from both design teams, automotive and timepiece. Combining this different expertise from both sides, the timepiece incorporates fresh and groundbreaking ideas within a classically-oriented watchmaking structure coupled with extraordinary finishing.
The Battista Tourbillon incorporates design cues from the Automobili Pininfarina Battista Hyper GT, the fastest accelerating production car in the world. The asymmetrical dials feature the unique Automobili Pininfarina pattern and the signature of the founder of Pininfarina, Battista “Pinin” Pininfarina. The apertures showcasing the patented spherical rewinding system and the Grand Date are modeled after the “E-Heart” of the Battista Hyper GT, and the bridges on the back of the movement echo the shape of the car from above.
Working closely with Automobili Pininfarina, BOVET has created a timepiece that perfectly complements the Battista, with unrivaled craftsmanship and attention to detail. To commemorate this collaboration, the famous Pininfarina flags icon can be found on the power- reserve dial on the left, with the “F” for Pininfarina on the left and the Lotus Flower for BOVET on the right.
Since its launch in 2015, Monsieur Bovet has become the symbol of timepieces featuring the iconic patented Amadéo® convertible case, which allow you to transform your timepiece from the wrist (and show both sides, with reversed hand fitting) to a pocket/pendant watch to a desk clock, all without any tools. Its elegance, understated design, and two faces make it a fitting timepiece for every moment in the life of the modern man.
The Monsieur BOVET features a seven-day power reserve and a frequency of 21,600 vph powered by a single barrel.
This precious timepiece is powered by an in-house movement with double co-axial seconds with seven days of power reserve from a single barrel. This extraordinary power reserve demonstrates how BOVET’s artisans and watchmakers have perfectly mastered the art of energy, meticulous hand-crafting finishes on each of the movement’s components, following the traditional methods that the Bovet brothers used back at the dawn of the 19th century. All this combines to reduce the friction of the components in the movement, meeting the highest criteria in fine watchmaking.
The iconic patented Amadéo® convertible system and the open dial invite the collector to explore the distinct structure and technicality of the movement.
The guilloché motif on Monsieur Bovet’s two dials is an extension of the House of BOVET’s symbol since 1822: a lotus flower with twelve petals that symbolizes the twelve hours on the dials.
An off-centered dial at 12 o’clock houses the hour and minute hands.
The various bridges present voluptuous shapes and the concentric curves of the dial.
BOVET 1822’s craftsmen have once again skillfully combined their talents to create these special timepieces. The procedure to produce these dials is extremely delicate, and yet guarantees the legendary excellence of the dials and timepieces that Maison BOVET 1822, dedicated to art and engineering brilliance, has been manufacturing for almost two centuries.
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 on tourbillon, big date, power reserve indicator,
Fleurier / Pininfarina
- Double face flying tourbillon
- Spherical winding system
- Multiple gearing teething
- 45.60 mm
THICKNESS (with glasses)
- 12.00 mm
THICKNESS (without glasses)
- 10.10 mm
- Sapphire and Titanium
- Bicolor Rubber
- Pin in Titanium Ardillon
- 30 m / 3 ATM
- Caliber: 17BM05-GD
- Type: Hand-wound
- Diameter (lines): 17’’’
- Frequency: 18’000v/h
- Power reserve: 240 hours
- Tourbillon: 1 minute
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.