An exceptional and sophisticated timepiece of truly superlative Swiss haute horlogerie, with its arresting presence, and an elaborate case which can be turned over to offer a choice of two spectacular displays of exquisite hand crafted detail, as well as detaching from the strap altogether, transforming from wristwatch to pocket watch, and even as a standing desk clock, the Monsieur Bovet is a wristwatch which immortalises the aesthetics of the 18th century pocket watch in magnificent style.
A prestigious name in the history in watchmaking which goes all the way back to 1822 when the company was established, Bovet was renowned for its luxurious pocket watches, it enjoyed success across Europe as well as in the Chinese high society of its day. By the mid-20th century the advent of the wristwatch meant either adapt or perish, and like many others at the time, the doors closed on this fine old maison in 1939, until in 2001 when visionary entrepreneur and horologic traditionalist Pascal Raffy arrived to breathe new life over its dwindling embers.
Under Raffy’s leadership, the resurrected Bovet remains defiantly true to its origins, and from its ateliers in the 14th century Château de Môtiers in the Val de Travers region of Switzerland, which for more than a century and a half was home to the company, creates some of the most astonishing and elegant watches in production today.
With a reversable case, and dual displays, it can also be transformed from wristwatch to pocket watch, and even as a standing desk clock, the Monsieur Bovet by Swiss independent company Bovet is a hand crafted masterpiece of exceptional haute horlogerie, in which centuries of watchmaking tradition is embodied in classical elegance for a modern world.
Beautifully engineered and offering its owner the very best of two breathtaking worlds, the Bovet Monsieur is entirely produced in-house and epitomises a connoisseur’s brand which is influenced only by its own past, and in its own highly distinctive style.
With its crown positioned above the twelve o’clock position, and the 18Kt rose gold case cradled between an elaborate lug arrangement which allows the watch to pivot along its central axis in 180ª increments, the Bovet Monsieur is immediately a piece which stands out as being something very different from conventional watch design.
At the heart of the watch, the hand winding movement displays the time in hours, minutes and seconds on both sides, but in two distinctly different formats. On one side the shimmering blue dial which fills the space within the case has a beautiful circular brushed finish, and features applied tapering hour indices and roman numerals, with a recessed subdial at the six o’clock position for the small seconds
On the reverse, the immaculately executed plate and bridges of the manual winding 13BM09AI calibre are decorated with a continuous arc of Côtes de Genève which provide the background to the classical configuration of decentralised hours and minutes, while beneath, a three-handed pointer indicates the seconds along a twenty-second scale.
The mechanism boasts an impressive power reserve of seven days while running at 21’600 vib/h, and a power reserve indicator also features on the open worked face. Not only do the hands on both sides rotate counter to each other, but the seconds are co-axial, and the entire piece is developed and manufactured under the same roof by Bovet’s sister company and movement specialist Dimier.
A truly outstanding watch in every sense, with its interchangeable personalities the Monsieur Bovet reflects the company’s rich history in a piece which is elegant, beautiful and individual.