This is the Bovet Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon
The 595 components for the movement of Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon were manufactured, decorated and assembled individually, with even the simplest of them requiring a minimum of ten hours’ work.
The Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon cage alone comprises 68 parts. Of these, the balance-spring is the true heart of the movement. Its traditional manufacturing requires cutting-edge equipment, perfect mastery of nanotechnologies, and above all a level of experience and know-how possessed today by only a handful of artisans.
The eight hands and four discs featured on this grand complication were no impediment to legibility for the artisans of the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale, Dimier 1738. Brilliantly positioned, the numerous indications follow a logical pattern ensuring optimal symmetry, legibility and aesthetic prowess.
The method followed by Pascal Raffy and the design office team was once again applied to the development of this timepiece. The exact position of each indication was therefore determined before designers began developing the most complex mechanisms and the difficult arrangement of their centrings.
To monitor all parameters of this intricate equation while increasing the density of mechanisms on the reduced surface of a three-quarter plate, the Manufacture’s design office relied on the sound judgment of each artisan, working with dimensions and tolerances frequently expressed in microns.
The three time-zones of the timepiece occupy its horizontal axis
Prominent, the local time-zone occupies a central position on the surface of the movement.
On either side are displayed the other two time-zones, with hours and minutes. Each is accompanied by an indispensable day/night indicator and a sapphire disc with 24 cities, making it possible to display simultaneously three selected times from any time-zone around the globe.
If the mechanisms of this Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon are so complex, it is first and foremost because they meet Pascal Raffy’s wish to provide fundamentally useful information.
Since the latter includes no fewer than three time-zones, the power-reserve and seconds indicators occupy clearly distinct positions at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock.
Contrary to most grand complications whose mechanisms function occasionally, virtually all components of the tourbillon movement with triple time-zone are perpetually in motion.
Despite the hundreds of gear-trains needed to drive the movement, despite the thousand pivot points this represents, the two barrels guarantee a power-reserve of seven days. The usefulness of the power- reserve indicator in this instance is self-evident.
In keeping with the identity of the collection, the seconds are displayed on a twenty-second segment (120°) swept consecutively by one of three slender branches of the emblematic triple seconds-hand.
It was chosen both for its suitability in chronometric terms and for its aesthetic qualities, since the use of a triple hand preserves the dynamic equilibrium of the sprung-balance.
As is customary in the collection, the steel of the mechanisms that give the timepiece its unique character, finely chamfered and polished by hand, is revealed by creating an orderly and uncluttered space.
The four staged horns of the case, the positioning of the crown at 3 o’clock and the generous smile of the tourbillon cage bars make it clear that the Récital 16 is a member of the DIMIER collection.
The dial of Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon alone is worthy of the status of watchmaking complication, in view of the complexity of its development and manufacture and the sum of its technical and aesthetic constraints.
Avant-garde in its design and technical functions, it has been manufactured in accordance with the decorative arts of fine watch making and the emphasis on quality praised by BOVET for 192 years.
The Récital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon can be personalized by a setting of round or baguette-cut diamonds and a classic or personalized hand engraving. The timepiece is available in 18-carat red or white gold.
Designed for an inveterate traveller and collector, this timepiece has everything to satisfy even the most demanding of like-minded individuals.
Retail Price: $273,000 USD for the 18k red gold or white gold version. For more info. on Bovet, Click here.