With incredible features like a double-sided dial and a perpetual calendar, Bovet 1882's Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar is the latest addition to the brand's fleet of collectable timepieces.
The Perpetual Calendar side of the Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar.
Earlier this year during SIHH in Geneva, Bovet 1822 unveiled some pretty spectacular watches. It is difficult to say this but, that’s nothing new. This independently owned brand is known for creating some of the most beautiful masterpieces in art and craftsmanship on today’s market.
The pure depth and perspective that goes into the case, dial, and three-dimensional presentation of time is definitely to be appreciated. Bovet 1822—owned and run by Pascal Raffy (also known as a perfectionist)—knows nothing short of perfection.
The brand, under Raffy’s vigilant leadership, now unveils a new timepiece: the Amadeo® Fleurier Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar watch. Based on the Amadeo case that first was unveiled to the world five years ago in 2010, the new double-sided timepiece is easily converted from wristwatch (with either side showing), to pocket watch and small desk or table clock. Read on for an up-close look at this beauty...
The second side the Bovet Vrituoso VII offers time, seconds at 6:00 and power reserve indication.
First: the aesthetics. It may sound cliché but there is no other way to put it: this watch is simply beautiful. The hand-engraving, angling, beveling, and polishing of the movement alone stirs the heart. Then there is the fact that each dial side has its own personality: one more visionary and the other more classic. Each dial also has a multi-tiered element to it, offering great depth and dimension to the piece. On the wrist—even for a small wrist—it sits like a king waiting to be admired and envied.
Next: the technology. There is no getting around this, either; the technology and functionality of the watch are equally as enviable. To begin with, both sides offer the hours, minutes, and seconds in addition to other functions. The seconds indication, at 6:00, is a marvel in and of itself. Then, the added functions incorporate power reserve indication and the coveted perpetual calendar—precise for 400 years before needing an adjustment.
The perpetual calendar indications on this watch are laid out differently than most perpetual calendars (no surprise to those who know Raffy). On the side with the perpetual calendar indications, instead of the calendar information taking center stage on the dial, the hours and minutes are displayed on the central dial. The perpetual calendar indications are then read off of large sapphire disks surrounding that center time dial—adding not only to the technical advancement of the watch but also to the transparent beauty.
The Virtuoso VII is in a convertible case and can be worn as wristwatch, pocket watch or table clock.
The names of the days and months are printed in either black or white on the outlying sapphire disks for easy legibility. The retrograde calendar hand sits beneath the hours and minutes dial so that only the arrow pointing to the date is visible. Opposite that date indication that lies at 6:00, the leap year disk sits harmoniously balanced at 12:00.
The reverse dial of the Virtuoso VII features the hours and minutes dial off-centered at 12 o’clock. The patented seconds mechanism displays the seconds on the same axis and on both sides of the movement.
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