Over the past decades, luxury brands, jewellers, passionate entrepreneurs and independent creators have entered the watchmaking world where they have distinguished themselves with truly original case designs.
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The Récital 27 from Bovet 1822 presents a triple time zone display, moon phases and a seven-day power reserve. All the complications have been engineered to fit inside the emblematic "writing slope" case.
Bovet honors Chinese history with a collection of miniature painted dragons on its dials.
With its flamboyant red guilloché dial, jumping hours, retrograde minutes and reversed hand-fitting, this two-sided Virtuoso V is a pure example of Bovet watchmaking, combining a pure aesthetic with technical virtuosity.
Could it be the fiftieth anniversary of Man's first steps on the moon that has so inspired watchmakers? This year, brands are pulling out all the stops with a host of watches dedicated to the moon-phase complication. Because what could be lovelier than a moon-struck mechanism?
The numbers speak for themselves: 15 automakers have stayed away from the 89th Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17), including Volvo, Land Rover, Opel and Abarth. Watchmakers too are conspicuous by their absence. The mechanical emulation that used to be part of the show's charm no longer keeps the dream alive. At least not on the floor.
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.
Tourbillons were the hot new complication in the late ’90s and early aughts. At the time, it was impressive enough to show the escapement on the dial, with its twirling carriage and decorated bridge. Nearly 20 years later, tourbillons need to pack a little more oomph to impress potential buyers.