Features & Functionality
Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two Red Gold Green
Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two Red Gold Green
- Ten-day power reserve with a single barrel
- Hand decorated dial
- Exhibition caseback
- Seconds on flying tourbillon
- 44 mm trademarked writing slope case
- Big date display
The Virtuoso VIII elegantly blends BOVET’s two iconic cases, the Fleurier and the Dimier. It features an inclined crystal aperture on the 12-6 o’clock axis.
The steel is chamfered and polished, the disk plates are sunk and chamfered, and the tourbillon cage bridge is made of titanium to reduce the weight of the cage and prevent any magnetic charge.
Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two features a variable inertia balance wheel. A curved end hairspring was specifically designed for this caliber and balance wheel. It is fixed to the tourbillon bridge by double-ended mobile stud support.
The patented two-sided flying tourbillon is attached at the center of its axis. Distribution on either side of the escapement and balance-spring drastically reduces the lever-arm effect and friction.
The Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two features a magnificent blue aventurine glass dial that accentuates the functionality and legibility of its complications.
Adding to the stunning finishing, the watchmakers did not forget the comfort of the collector while making the date correction, as it does not require the removal of the timepiece. It is simply performed by pressing down on the iconic BOVET crown, positioned at 12 o’clock in the Fleurier bow cases.
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 II
- 44.00 mm
THICKNESS (with glasses)
- 13.45 mm
THICKNESS (without glasses)
- 7.00-9.40 mm
- Green guilloché
- 18-carat Red gold weight 57,60 gram
- Full skin alligator
- Pin in 18-ct red gold ardillon
- 30 m / 3 ATM
- Caliber: 17BM06-GD
- Type: Hand-wound
- Diameter (lines): 17’’’ (38.00mm)
- Frequency: 18’000v/h
- Power reserve: 240 hours
- Tourbillon: Flying 1 minute (60 seconds)
- T10GD021 Green guilloché Blackened Côtes de Genève
- 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.