By Jonathan Kopp
To start, let’s go over some basic information about the Bovet watch company. This way you’ll better understand who they are and why this Amadeo Fleurier 39 Lady watch is utterly amazing.
Bovet is a Swiss maker of luxury timepieces whose origins date back to 1822, the year in which Edouard Bovet founded their workshop in the picturesque Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland. Bovet is renowned for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century. Today, under the guidance of Pascal Raffy, a visionary with a passion for Haute Horlogerie Bovet is thriving, manufacturing unique timepieces distinguished by their pocket watch inspired form. From extraordinary complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters to rare artisanal crafts such as enamel painting and fleurisanne engraving. Each Bovet timepiece is brought to life under the practiced hand of a master watchmaker. With a highly limited production annually, Bovet seeks to preserve and cultivate the art and craft of traditional watchmaking while delighting connoisseurs and collectors.
The sixth biennial Only Watch auction will take place on the 6th of November to raise money for the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy. Under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Only Watch has secured donations from some of the best brands and watchmakers around the world. What makes the Only Watch Charity Auction unique is that the timepieces donated for auction are the “only watch” of their type available – that means that they are, or the very first watch in a limited edition, a special prototype or also a watch made especially for this special occasion.
For this year’s Only Watch 2015 charity auction, Bovet has created a real piece of art that represents a concentration of the expertise that they have sought to perpetuate since their beginning. This unique timepiece is based on a model that will be launched in 2016.
Note that in the 44 pieces donated for the charity auction only 4 are dedicated for women and the others watches are from Boucheron, Chanel and Christophe Claret.
The convertible Amadeo Fleurier 39 Lady Bovet is presented with a 236 diamond-set, 39mm white gold Amadeo case that allows the timepiece to easily transform from a reversible wristwatch, to a table clock, or to a pendant necklace, without requiring a single tool. This wonderful piece is animated by the Virtuoso II watchmaking specialty caliber developed by Manufacturer DIMIER 1738 (This is the hand-wound caliber 13BM08AI).The exemplary chronometry of this movement is accentuated by irreproachable finishings and seven days of power reserve.
The design theme is inspired by the universal message of peace and hope whilst honouring women, who give life and protect children and represent the future. Thanks to its reversibility, this piece presents two amazing faces. The front of the watch features a diamond-set pink mother-of-pearl guilloche dial at 12 with hours and minutes indicator, a small second counter at 6 O’clock, and the power reserve indicator at 9 while the back displays a pink mother-of-pearl dial with a miniature painting of a pair of doves surrounded by colourful flowers. This painting is a reproduction of the grand feu enamel case back of a Bovet pocket watch that was manufactured at the turn of the 19th century. The crown and strap bolts are set with 5 briolette diamonds, complimented by a purple alligator strap and white gold buckle.
For more info, please visit bovet.com
Model: Amadeo Fleurier Lady BOVET for Only Watch 2015
Type: Amadeo® convertible system
Thickness (With Glasses): 11.80mm
Thickness (Without Glasses): 9.25mm
Gold Weight (Case only): 67.76gr
Case Material: 18K white gold
Setting: Case-side, bezel, bow and lug set with 236 diamonds for ~3.92 cts
Crown: and strap bolts set with 5 briolettes diamonds for ~1.00 ct
Water Resistance 30m
Caliber Virtuoso II à spécialités horlogères DIMIER 1738 – 13BM08AI
Diameter 13 3/4 ‘’’
Frequency 21’600 vph
Power reserve 7 days
Front dial: Pink-hued mother-of-pearl guilloché with 12 diamond indexes for ~0.22 ct
Back dial: Pink-hued mother-of-pearl with a miniature painting of a pair of Doves
Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, power reserve indicator, reversed hand-fitting
Full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K white gold ardillon
Chain: Rhodium-plated silver
JONATHAN KOPP – CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Jonathan Kopp has an avid enthusiasm for timepieces of all genre, from vintage timepieces to modern Luxury Haute Horology. His preference goes to small and independent high-end watchmakers. He loves the difference rather than classicism, although if he admits to being in love with several ultra-classics pieces. Jonathan was caught by the passion for watchmaking there are almost 6 years. For about 5 years, he wanders in this industry and was Communication-Marketing-PR Consultant for several brands. He has worked for over 2 years as a freelance for the development of the Swiss brand Arthur Oskar Stampfli (AOSWatches). Read his articles here