A few weeks ago we met with our friends from Bovet to review some of their timepieces. Bovet was formally established in Fleurier in the canton of Neuchâtel in 1822 by Edouard Bovet and his three brothers Alphonse, Frédéric and Gustave. Rapidly, Bovet became one of the most prominent watch companies supplying the Chinese Empire with refined and sophisticated timepieces in the nineteenth century. In 2001, 179 years after being found, Mr. Pascal Raffy became the sole proprietor at Bovet Fleurier SA and took the brand to the next level.
The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Orbis Mundi Moonphase is by far one of our favorite timepieces from this brand. Fitted with an 18K red gold case measuring 46 mm in diameter, this timepiece is what we like to refer to as a three in one worldtimer with moon phase. As you all know, the Amadeo system from Bovet offers the ability to enjoy their timepieces as a wristwatch, a desk watch or even as a pocket watch thanks to their patented system that allows an easy removal of the strap fully converting the timepiece into other options.
Fitted with a white enamel dial and two off-centered subdials, the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Orbis Mundi provides the time in two different timezones. While the top subdial at 12 o'clock provides the local time, the subdial at 6 o'clock provides a second time zone designated by the push of a button on the left side of the caseband. The second time zone includes a built-in night and day indicator and a small aperture at 9 o'clock for the desired second time zone. Additionally, there is moon phase indicator next to the local time subdial at 3 o'clock.
The beautiful case is rounded out by the blue sapphires on the crown and on the crown guard that serves as the chain holder when used as a pocket watch.
The beating heart inside the Orbis Mundi is the automatic calibre 11BA14-OM fitted with 31 jewels and which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph to provide a power reserve of 72 hours. The calibre is fully visible via the display case back and while the watch is used as a desk clock.
If you are a renaissance man looking to have a versatile timepiece that you can wear on your wrist, protect inside the pockets of your Tom Ford suits or display on top of your desk in that corner office on Park Avenue the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier ticks all the boxes.
Sticker Price $71,500 USD. For more info on Bovet click here.