The story first began in 2008, when Pascal Raffy, owner of BOVET, met with Paolo Pininfarina. Drawing on their common values, together they imagined a timepiece to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the famous Turin-based design agency— giving rise to the Ottanta tourbillon in 2010. Such was the mutual understanding between the Italian designers and Swiss watchmakers that the two men decided to continue along this path, which soon resulted in a collection.
Pascal Raffy’s instructions during the development of the Ottantasei invited his teams to showcase its essential mechanics. To this he emphasized the word “light” in two senses referencing both luminosity and weight. As is now customary for the collection arising from this partnership, the designers and watchmakers joined forces from the very start of the project. They decided to give the same importance to the three main mechanical groups contained within a watch movement: the energy, time display, and regulating organ, which here is a patented double-sided flying tourbillon. Each of these three groups was positioned in order to achieve balance and symmetry, characteristics which are held in the highest esteem by the project’s protagonists. From the outset, movement and case were considered as a single entity, developed conjointly to yield optimum esthetics, transparency and ergonomics. Throughout the piece’s development, the designers were inspired by its technological features, which led them to give it an original face. Conversely, Pininfarina’s style inspired the Bovet watchmakers to even greater heights of innovation as they sought to fulfill Mr. Raffy’s visual and structural directive of lightness.
Despite the enthusiasm generated by this collection, a total of only 86 timepieces are to be manufactured. Out of respect for the Maison’s collectors, Pascal Raffy took the bold decision to limit the series by the total number of movements. With this same focus on service, each Ottantasei benefits from a five-year international guarantee.