There is something special about the Bovet Monsieur… This subtly sophisticated watch is imbued with a sense of nostalgia for a bygone elegance. Its classical lines are clearly inspired by pocket watches. And it is no coincidence that this versatile watch incorporates Bovet’s patented Amadeo convertible case concept. Not one watch, but four watches at once. Here is our take on the new Bovet “Monsieur Bovet”
This ingenious system enables the wearer to transform his timepiece from a reversible wristwatch (a single movement drives its two dial/faces) to an open face pocket watch to a free-standing table clock – all this with minimal effort and without the use of any tools.
Invisible push-pieces are incorporated within the case. Pushing the cabochons on the buckle at 12 o’clock at the same time releases the upper strand of the strap. Another push pieces hidden in the bezel allows to release the lower strand and to transform the watch into a pocket watch. The hinged bezel also means you can use it as a miniature table clock. It is quite simple to use – just watch the following short video.
The 43mm case of the Bovet “Monsieur Bovet” is in white gold. It stands out with its unique crown and special attachment at 12 o’clock. Inside ticks the hand-wound calibre 13BM09AI, developed and manufactured in-house (Editor’s note: Bovet even manufactures hairsprings in-house). This large movement runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour and can store an impressive 7 days power reserve in one barrel. It stands out by its ability to display the hours, minutes and seconds (coaxially for the seconds) on either side of the watch. This technical feat resides in superimposing two seconds wheels rotating in opposite directions on the same axis.
On one side, it shows off-centered hours and minutes and the movement with its splendid symmetrical architecture. The balance wheel offers a counterpoint to the centre wheel. The seconds are indicated at 6 by a triple hand. Adjacent to the guilloche dial, the power reserve indicator indicates what remains of the 7 days of autonomy. It is finely finished with Geneva stripes, blued screws and bevelled edges.
On the other side, the Bovet “Monsieur Bovet” shows a more classical style. The elegant hand-guilloche dial features applied Roman numerals and a small second counter at 6 o’clock. It is paired with original serpentine hands.
The Bovet “Monsieur Bovet” comes on an alligator strap with pin buckle. It wears slightly bigger than the 43 mm diameter would suggest but the mobile strap attachment allows the watch to sit comfortably on the wrist. The chain of the pocket watch is rhodium-plated silver.
Pocket watches are perfect to accessorize a three-piece suit. If you are not ready to pull the trigger because you would be wearing it only on rare occasions, the Bovet Monsieur might be worth a close look. In any case, this versatile timepiece stands out for its singular, nostalgic elegance and it is finely crafted to the ambitious Bovet standard.
The Bovet “Monsieur Bovet” is also available in red gold and with a blue guilloche dial. Price is set at CHF 50.000 in red gold and CHF 53,000 in white gold. Last but not least, Bovet offers a 5-year warranty. For more information, please visit www.bovet.com.
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