Watches: Bovet Dimier Recital 12 Monsieur Dimier

By Thierry Ané on March 21, 2014

If somebody mentions the name Bovet 1822 to you, chances are the Amadeo convertible case is the first thing that will cross your mind. This extremely clever system that allows you to turn your wristwatch into a pocket watch or a table clock has been introduced in the entire “Fleurier” collection. In its classic form, it is also the case of choice for the “Complications” and “Grandes Complications” timepieces and can also be found in the “Bovet by Pininfarina” line albeit with a resolutely more modern look.

Its success is such that it sometimes overshadows the more “conventional” round case the brand uses for its “Dimier” collection, a small selection of exceptional timepieces that yet showcases the impressive technical skills and deep aesthetic sense of the brand’s watchmakers.

The newly introduced Dimier Recital 12 Monsieur Dimier is the perfect example of the immense talent of the Dimier-based manufacture. It is also an important milestone for Bovet since it actually is the first piece powered by a movement developed and manufactured entirely in-house. It required no less than five years of research and development but has the ability to evolve and adapt to display a large range of indications. We are thus sure to see it again very soon.

For its first appearance, this impressive manually-wound calibre with 7 days of power reserve delivered by a single barrel hides nothing of its complexity. Through the use of a reverse hand-fitting, it allows some of its inner workings to be displayed on the dial side rather than being hidden on the back as usual.

It seems as if the watch wants to show you its two sides, technical and aesthetic, on both halves of the dial. On the left-hand side, in a very elegant layout, the balance and the gear-train face one another and give a very “horological” feel to the timepiece. This technical look is enhanced by all the gears supporting the triple seconds hand at 9 o’clock. The aperture on the base plate beneath the seconds wheels brings a lot of transparency and adds to the amazing sense of depth. To ease reading the seconds, a 120° segment with black lacquer and seconds tracks has been added.

The right-hand side of the dial focuses more on the decoration side of horology. The time is displayed on a generous sub-dial at 3 o’clock by two red gold hands with drop-shaped tips filled with SuperLuminova. They sweep gracefully on a beautiful black lacquered surface punctuated by stylised Arabic numerals. All the bridges surrounding this dial have been adorned with circular Côtes de Genève decorations and feature traditional blued screws and jewels. Positioned symmetrically, around the 6-7 and 11-12 o’clock positions, the watchmakers left two openings in the largest bridge: the former gives you a furtive view of the barrel while the latter contains a sectorial power reserve indicator.

This decidedly very attractive movement is placed in a Dimier case of classic yet not too small proportions: it measures 42 mm in diameter for a thickness of 9.1 mm. A red gold pin buckle and a black alligator strap complete the look. A white gold version is also available as well as a diamond-set rendition of the red gold model and the dial and second segment can be chosen in either black or white lacquer for all versions. Without diamonds, this model retails for $43,700.