The Tourbillon Ottantasei remains faithful to the essential lines that characterize the collection laid down by the Tourbillon Ottanta in 2010. While a mere glance is enough to confirm its membership of the Bovet by Pininfarina family, the Tourbillon Ottantasei is bursting with technical innovations and stylistic changes all harmoniously planned around a detailed series of specifications.
The case of the timepiece fully embodies this “philosophy”. The technicians and watchmakers at the Manufacture DIMIER 1738 together with the designers at Pininfarina pooled their expertise to come up with an unprecedented perspective on the originality and fascinating technology inherent to the movement, once again entirely developed and manufactured by BOVET. Four large sapphire crystals occupy the main surfaces, while contrasting elements in gold trace the essential contours of the collection’s design and guarantee the qualities required for its sportier traits.
The net weight of the metal for the entire case is 51.66 g for gold. With its 44 mm diameter and a thickness of 8.85 mm and 12 mm with and without the sapphire crystals respectively.
A quick glance at the movement is enough to conclude that here, once again, all efforts have been concentrated on the principles oflightness and transparency. Three distinct circles outline the movement’s organs and vital functions, with the balance and harmony that are so dear to Pascal Raffy. The eye alights first and foremost on the single barrel and its concentric power-reserve indicator at 10 o’clock. Then, it moves on to the hours and minutes displays featuring the same configuration at 2 o’clock, before finally considering the flying tourbillon in the airy space freed up at 6 o’clock.
The plate underpinning the entire movement highlights the perfectly accomplished and delicate synergy between lightness and transparency on the one hand, and increased structural rigidity on the other. Half a day of machining and EDM is required to create a single plate. The craftsmen from the decorating workshops then require a full day to ensure the unrivalled quality finishes. Sandblasting, drawing, beading, Côtes de Genève and hand-chamfering are just some of the artisanal skills that feed into the process, and the slightest mishap can cause irreparable damage. Note that this genuine feat of three-dimensional magic involves decorating and, in particular, chamfering both sides of the plate as well as all its vertical walls.
To achieve the outstanding technical performances of the Tourbillon Ottantasei,the technicians and watchmakers opted for a single barrel with extraordinary characteristics. Measuring just 1.04 m long with a developed force of 1 kg, it can provide 240 hours of energy with optimum consistency. In tune with the spirit of the timepiece, the barrel is skeletonized according to the five-spoke wheel theme that has been chosen for the design of this caliber. It can be found at several locations on the plate, the barrel bridge, the ratchet and the tourbillon bridge. Like the decorative features detailed further on, the gear train and its finishes perfectly embody the spirit of fine watchmaking practiced by Bovet and its Manufactures Dimier. Every wheel in the finishing gear train has been painstakingly angled and chamfered by hand, while the pivots of their axes are rolled in the traditional manner for quality and performance that border on perfection. It is this gear train that leads us to from the barrel to the display and, ultimately, to the spectacular tourbillon carriage.
Once again in this collection, the quantity of movements manufactured will be limited to just 86 in this case, which the collector can choose to grace with one of the three cases on offer. A plate bearing the individual number of each movement will be meticulously screwed to the back of the case chosen to adorn the timepiece.
The Tourbillon Ottantasei wears true to its size and offers maximum comfort whatever the shape of the wearer’s wrist.
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