Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star
Before even commencing work on this timepiece, the technicians and watchmakers at BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738 Manufacture began by ‘forgetting’ their certainties and habits in order to deliver a more intuitive and innovative way of reading the time articulated around the two celestial bodies that define it: the earth and the moon.
BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE THAT OBSERVING the stars has served as a basis for defining time since the dawn of humanity, Pascal Raffy and his watchmakers deliberately looked through the wrong side of their loupes. They were able to gain enough distance to observe the rhythm of the Earth’s revolutions on its axis—and of its elliptical journey around its star, or indeed the ceaseless circles drawn by its natural satellite, the moon. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Nevertheless, everyone undertook this mental exercise in order to transform the microscopic vision to which watchmakers are accustomed into a macroscopic vision. The simple change in perspective brought about by taking this step back helped the observers to gain an overview of the dance of the planets and to grasp its complexity with disconcerting clarity. The twenty-four time zones that divide our planet longitudinally, albeit in an abstract and arbitrary fashion, seem almost visible from such a distance. The daylight regions stand in logical contrast to those plunged into darkness. The inclination of the Earth’s axis helps us understand—depending on the season—the variable length of the day and night as we approach the North and South Poles. The moon phases can also be observed in such a way as to be instantly comprehensible.
As well as understanding the various astral phenomena related to the measurement of time, this newfound perspective also enables us to tell the time in all regions of the globe simultaneously. And it was precisely this broader universal vision that governed the development of this watch—an original timepiece in many more ways than one. Seen from space, the spherical shape of the Earth enables us to observe only half of the surface at a time. Thus was born the idea of representing the entire globe in a single hemisphere. A cartographer was specially commissioned to design this atypical and hitherto unknown 3D map of the world. Thanks to this ingenious solution, the Earth’s surface can be seen in its entirety, without changing point of view.
On June 3rd, 2016, several hundred collectors from all Europe had arranged to meet together in Luxembourg, in the thermal city of Mondorf where the key event of the Watch Fair 2016 was held: the award ceremony and the gala dinner.
It is a jury compound of the most eminent experts and particularly representative of the watch-making diversity which chose the candidates then made a selection before electing the award winners. This year, laureates of nine categories and three special prizes were rewarded. Nominated in four out of nine categories, BOVET was clearly the most present during the event.
It is in the ultimate category, watches with complications, that the House of BOVET was awarded the prize for its already very noteworthy Recital 18 Shooting Star®.
The jury picked up on the extreme complexity of the movement and its numerous complications. Its innovative and avant-garde character harmoniously integrated to traditional watchmaking also seduced the members of the jury. Finally, that all the components which constitute this timepiece were developed and manufactured in the workshops of BOVET’s manufactures was the culmination of the success of the tourbillon Recital 18 Shooting Star® in this category.
With this new distinction, the efforts of Pascal Raffy and the entire craftsmen of BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738, to carry tirelessly fine watchmaking to the borders of excellence, are rewarded. It is with pride that they share their joy with all their collector friends.