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Bovet gives moon phases a new “inclination”
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Bovet gives moon phases a new “inclination”

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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The “writing slope” case, with its inclined bezel, lends itself to multiple forms of display and has become a hallmark of Bovet’s astronomical watches. This Récital 23 Moon Phase is the first time Bovet has used this architecture in a lady’s watch.

The Récital 23 is the first BOVET women’s timepiece to feature the “writing slope” case, which is designed here for the first time in an oval shape that is 43mm high and 28.7mm wide. Hours and minutes occupy an off-center dial at 6 o’clock, while a deeply poetic three-dimensional moon phase is displayed on the upper section of the timepiece. The Récital 23 timepiece is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. Its oscillating weight in 22-ct gold is finely hand-engraved with the “Fleurisanne” motif that Maison Bovet 1822 has been producing for almost two centuries. Its oscillations power two barrels whose energy guarantees 62 hours’- of power reserve. The module, entirely developed and manufactured in Bovet 1822’s workshops, makes it possible to offset the time display and add the moon phase indicator.

Récital 23 moon phase © Bovet 1822
Récital 23 moon phase © Bovet 1822

Presented in the form of a hemispherical dome, the moon phase indicator majestically corresponds to the volume of the «writing slope” case. The dome’s surface is engraved to evoke the lunar surface and filled with luminescent material. This feat is all the more remarkable due to the indicator’s camber. It is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that singlehandedly requires over a day’s work to be manufactured and decorated. The precision mechanism used to drive the moon phase requires correction only once every 122 years. Keen to develop useful complications that would allow everyday use of the timepiece, Mr. Raffy — Bovet 1822’s Owner—sought to incorporate a push button into the cabochon of the crown so as to be able to adjust the moon phase. The latter is therefore easily modified without needing to use the slightest tool.

For its debut, the Récital 23 will be available in white gold, red gold or titanium models. The gold cases may be decorated with a bezel set with round diamonds or baguette-cut diamonds or be entirely paved with round diamonds. The dial dial-makers of Bovet 1822 have created two dials of choice for this new piece. As she wishes, irrespective of the case’s material, each collector will be able to choose between a dial of blue aventurine glass or black Tahitian mother-of-pearl adorned with a delicate guilloché motif. Elegant hour and minute hands gracefully glide over each dial. Every hour, when the hour and minute hands overlap, their atypical designs forms the shape of a heart, outlined in negative space.

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