Bovet watches break from the norm. The Virtuoso Assortment is a showcase for the model’s very good mechanics, mastery of artisanal finishes and distinctive method to watchmaking. On the event of the Geneva Watch Days, Bovet unveils the second chapter of the Virtuoso VIII – a 10-day energy reserve, huge date, flying tourbillon watch with very good execution. Let’s take a better look.
A strong watch with a 10-day energy reserve motion and flying tourbillon on full show, the Virtuoso VIII was launched in 2017 as Bovet celebrated its 195th anniversary. The model now introduces a brand new – and good-looking – model of this timepiece that includes a brand new dial format and a brand new ornament for the motion, with round Geneva stripes versus the earlier Fleurisanne engraving.
In typical Bovet style, the Virtuoso VIII stands out with its distinctive mechanics and creative method to watchmaking. The watch design is predicated on a symmetrical motion format with two massive sub-dials (fabricated from aventurine glass for the model we had for evaluation) exhibiting the facility reserve and a giant date indication. These make all indications legible and clear. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock creates a counterpoint. The model’s patented double-sided flying tourbillon and the one-minute rotation of the fantastically completed cage could be admired from each side of the watch. The ability reserve indication is pushed by a cone (seen at eight o’clock) shifting up and down alongside a threaded arbour. A wise function, the date is superior by urgent the pusher inserted into the crown.
The watch’s motion is the hand-wound calibre 17BM06-GD, which runs at 18,000 vibrations per hour. It might retailer as much as ten days of energy reserve on a single (outsized) barrel. Because of a wise and patented spherical differential winding system, the variety of crown turns wanted to completely wind the barrel spring is halved with out rising friction and forces exerted on the gears.
Turning the watch over, the again of the motion reveals the opposite aspect of the tourbillon and of the spherical winding differential gear by way of an aperture within the barrel bridge. The gear prepare is held in place by a pair of distinctive finger bridges. The attractive structure is enhanced by a round Geneva stripe décor. Final, the caseback is engraved with a maxim written in outdated French: “Faictes de mains de maistres – pour servir ponctuels gentilshommes – ce par quoy attestons longue valeur” (Masterfully handcrafted – to serve punctual gents – whereby we certify lasting worth).
Measuring 44mm in diameter, the case is offered in pink of white gold. It instantly reminds us of yesteryear pocket watches with its crown at 12 o’clock protected in a bow attachment. It contains a ‘writing slope’ profile: it’s at its thickest at 12 after which step by step turns into thinner sloping towards 6 o’clock. This authentic idea goals at providing a singular perspective on the motion’s structure, ornament, and performance shows. On the wrist, the watch has nice presence and a method that’s distinctively Bovet.
The Bovet Virtuoso VIII is offered in pink and white gold in a restricted version of 50 actions. It’s worn on a full-skin alligator leather-based strap closed by a gold folding buckle. It retails for CHF 160,000.
For extra info, please go to www.bovet.com.