Watches: Bovet Dimier Recital 17 7-Day Triple Time Zone Moon Phase (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on February 13, 2015

Mention the name “Bovet” to a watch enthusiast and chances are the first thing that will come to mind is the “Amadeo” case. This fully-integrated convertible frame that allows the owner to quickly and conveniently turn his reversible wristwatch into a table clock or even a pocket watch has become the most identifiable trademark of this Manufacture thanks to the unusual oversized bow placed around the crown at the 12 o’clock position.

But even with the more traditional-looking “Dimier” models, this high-end brand has always managed to insert their very own aesthetic sense into their latest creations. With extremely sophisticated open-worked dials that reveal both the complexity of the brand’s calibres and the utmost care dedicated to their decoration, the “Dimier” collection perfectly showcases the values of this family-owned Manufacture.

Not surprisingly, the brand chose this technically-oriented line last year to display an important step into the long-term development of the Maison Bovet: the launch of the virtuoso II Calibre à Spécialités Horlogères, the very first movement without a tourbillon escapement entirely designed, developed, and produced by the Bovet Manufacture.

In keeping with the brand’s habit of presenting reversible models, not only is this sophisticated movement capable of displaying the time on both sides, it also features a coaxial reverse seconds hand placed in a patented cage whose kinematics look like that of a tourbillon. Designed with versatility in mind, this powerhouse is reliable enough to animate a module with any combination of complications and is meant to become the standard base calibre of most of the brand’s production.

For its 2014 introduction, this new movement base was used for two models: the Recital 12 where it was presented in its simplest form with off-centred hours and minutes, and a sectorial power reserve indication, as well as the Recital 15 where it was paired with a jumping hours module with retrograde minutes.

This year, the House of Bovet unveils the third “Dimier” model based on this high-end calibre: the “Recital 17 7-Day Triple Time Zone Moon Phase” available in red gold or white gold on a black alligator strap with pin buckle. This time, the manually-wound Virtuoso II calibre powers a triple time zone complication as well as the display of the phases of the moon in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

The dial of this 45.30 mm timekeeper with a thickness of 15.60 mm is quite characteristic of the “Dimier” collection: it is entirely open-worked to reveal the inner workings of the movement and the different discs of the time zone displays, and finished to the highest standards in line with the brand’s respect for traditional Fine Watchmaking.

The local time is classically displayed by the central flame-blued hands and two sub-dials with white or black polished lacquered rings depending on the version indicate the second and third time zones by hands at 3 and 9 o’clock. A small disc located at the heart of each sub-dial lets you know whether it is day or night in this particular location. These two time zones can be set using their respective 24-city discs and a small window above the 12 o’clock of each lets you know which of the 24 time zones is currently selected.

To provide a perfect symmetry, the moon phase indication has been placed at the 6 o’clock position where two apertures linked by a beautiful compass rose present the lunar cycle in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The sectorial power reserve indicator has been placed on the back of the movement where the triple seconds hand characteristic of the Virtuoso II can also be admired.

In red gold or white gold, the timepiece looks absolutely stunning and showcases an outstanding attention to detail in the finishing of both front and back. The extreme sophistication of this open-worked dial perfectly reflects the complexity of the movement and the variety of high-end finishes adds an incredible sense of depth to the ensemble. But if the “Recital 17 7-Day Triple Time Zone Moon Phase” is not stunning enough for you as it is, you can always customise this impressive timepiece by replacing the lacquered sub-dial rings with mother-of-pearl equivalent or by ordering tailor-made guilloché works.

In any case, this “Recital 17 7-Day Triple Time Zone Moon Phase” will remain a ticking example of Bovet’s Haute Horlogerie expertise. It is a timepiece that would keep any seasoned watch lover interested for a long time and would be a proud addition to any serious watch collection.

For more information please visit the Bovet web site.