Watches: Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 Year of the Horse
By Thierry Ané on February 5, 2014
Just a few days ago, we celebrated the advent of the Chinese Year of the Horse and press releases from the watch industry about commemorative timepieces continue to pile up in our electronic mailboxes.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been equally inspired by the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac and some “creations” are truly in bad taste: they verge more on the trinket you would find in a Chinese market for tourists than a thoughtful homage to the Year of the Horse.
Fortunately, some brands used this great opportunity to highlight their decorative skills. I have already discussed some outstanding tributes to the Chinese zodiac like Vacheron Constantin’s The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Horse masterpiece or Chopard’s L.U.C XP Urushi Horse model.
All these brands, however, took the theme literally as they resorted to traditional Chinese imagery to adorn their stunning timepieces. As beautiful as their creations may be, they will remain associated with this zodiac sign and could appear outdated next year to some jaded watch collectors. Bovet took a different and quite clever road: they have created a gorgeous timepiece with a generic horse motif. It remains a nod to this year’s sign but will stay relevant next year as a decorative piece.
The dial of this Amadeo Fleurier 43 Year of the Horse is made of white mother-of-pearl embellished with a miniature painting of the head of a horse. The chestnut coat of this magnificent animal is in perfect harmony with the dark brown alligator strap and the red gold of the case. This stunning dial is only obstructed by two red gold serpentine hands to indicate the hours and the minutes. Everything here evokes the equestrian world and oozes refinement and elegance.
The case of the watch measures up to the originality of its dial: it is a Fleurier Amedeo red gold case in 43 mm. Like for all the other timepieces of this unique collection, it allows one to convert the model into a pocket watch or a table clock. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the beauty of the miniature painting dial then transforming the watch into a table clock and putting it in on the office desk so that it can be admired all day!
The sophistication of this model extends to its case back where a sapphire crystal offers unobstructed view of the self-winding 11BA12 calibre with Côtes de Genève decorations and a gold rotor with elegant Fleurisanne engraving.
This piece is as sophisticated and understated as it is timeless. It will surely take a special place in the collection of one lucky watch aficionado. Beauty has a price though, and he or she will have to let go of $80,500 to add this one-of-a-kind timepiece to his or her collection.