Bovet Fleurier SA s a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers chartered May 1, 1822 in London, U.K. by Édouard Bovet. It is most noted for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century.
Today it produces high-end artistic watches with a style that references its history. The company is known for its high-quality dials (such as the Fleurier Miniature Painting models), engraving, and its seven-day tourbillon.
The original Bovet watches were also among the first to emphasize the beauty of their movements with skeletonized views and highly decorative movements.
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THE RISING STAR TRIPLE TIME ZONE TOURBILLON with reversed hand-fitting watch is a bridge between BOVET’s prestigious past and its flourishing current activities.
THE TOURBILLON CARRIAGE has been extended to a diameter of 13.50mm. The carriage now appears to be suspended in mid-air, accentuating its aesthetic affinity with the historic design of watches dating from the 19th century.
THIS CATALOGUE OF WONDERS would surely have stopped there had not Pascal Raffy, the owner of BOVET FLEURIER and of DIMIER 1738, introduced in 2010 throughout the entire Fleurier collection the AMADEO® system, which allows the watch to be converted simply into a miniature table clock, a pocket watch or a reversible wristwatch without the need for tools of any kind to carry out the “operation”.
The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium watch is 46mm in diameter and built around the concept of the sidereal year, which follows the actual orbital period of the Earth around the Sun – 365.25 days. It’s a calendar function that is actually visible from the case-back, where we find a single central hand that performs a complete rotation every 365.25 days.
Additionally, as we move from the outer edge at the case-back bezel, we find the annual calendar (dates and months), signs of the zodiac with corresponding constellations, and indications for the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. At this point, it’s easy to see how one could simply revel in sheer admiration for such dedication and attention to detail. But as is typical with Bovet’s designs, there’s always more.
Bovet 1822 presents a collection of unique timepieces that highlights the history of Chinese dragons, a composition of creatures with features of no less than nine animals that symbolizes the power or the emperor, while embodying the forces of nature.
The AMADEO FLEURIER collection personalized with miniature paintings demonstrates just how strongly customers and collectors associate BOVET 1822 with this art. The excellence displayed by the House in the field of watchmaking decorative arts contributes to safeguarding traditional skills, giving them fresh impetus while enabling them to draw ever closer to perfection.
The OttantaSei Tourbillon, designed in collaboration with Pininfarina, is proof of the two Houses’ alchemy, which allowed them to create and achieve the accuracy that characterizes this exceptional timepiece.
Mr. Pascal Raffy’s instructions during the development emphasized the word “light” in two senses referencing both luminosity and weight. Their unity is a delight for the collector to appreciate on and off the wrist.
The Bovet Sportster Saguaro Chronograph Collection presents its own interpretation of the brand, known for its traditionalism, to the luxury sports chronograph style, which is a modern concept.
Considered one of the rare representatives of the Art-Deco style, Bovet brings together the original and flamboyant design details with the Sportster 46 Saguaro with important sports features such as chronograph and 300M water pressure resistance. Moreover, it takes its place in our archive as one of the rare models that manage not to be absurd but extremely stylish while doing this.