The Bovet 19Thirty Fleurier is one of the less complex models in the brand’s universe of super refined, ultra-ornamented watches. First introduced in steel in 2015, with a moderately ‘simple’ dial and direct capacities – by Bovet’s standards… – the 19Thirty gives proper respect to the 1930s when pocket watches relocated to the wrist. The furthest down the line model to join the 19Thirty family is this 18k red gold variant, which separates itself from the 2015 pieces with its hand-engraved dial. Introduced in a 42mm case, the development offers a vigorous 7-day power hold on a solitary barrel. Could this be Bovet’s translation of an every day beater?
Fit for kings and queens
Bovet’s long history is a consistent wellspring of motivation for the brand and its pocket watches and checks were valued in regal courts the world over for their sumptuous hand-painted or engraved adornments and refined mechanics. Pascal Raffy, who purchased the company, clarifies how the 19Thirty family was inspired by a 1930s Bovet pocket watch known as the ‘easel’. Its epithet was gotten from the little extractable remain on the opposite side of the case that permitted the pocket watch to bend over as a table clock, a component that is more connected with the convertible Amadeo family.
Raffy additionally portrays the 19Thirty as an ‘ordinary’ watch and whenever you’ve seen the considerable complications and by and large lavishness of Bovet’s pieces, you can perceive any reason why he would pick that descriptive word. For a sample of a portion of the more marvelous pieces, don’t miss Frank Geelen’s visit to the assembling and talk with Pascal Raffy in this video .
‘Everyday’, for some
Obviously the main cycle of the 19Thirty in tempered steel (with a more contemporary Dimier case) adjusts more to the possibility of an ‘regular’ watch. This 18k red gold ups the extravagance remainder discernibly. The case, with its contemporary 42mm measurement, has a moderate tallness of 9mm, yet as you can see from the photos, this watch will call consideration. Notwithstanding its liberal distance across, the crown and bow at 12 o’clock are a lot of a piece of the character of this watch and are intended to be admired. A blue sapphire cabochon settled in the crown stands to consideration while the verbalized bow settles against the wrist.
Lucky Number 8
The cleaned gold bezel outlines the stupendous landscape on the dial with its converging hours and minutes and little seconds counters. Shaping a topsy turvy figure eight, the imagery of this number won’t be lost on Chinese clients. Barely another ‘target’ market for Bovet, the watchmaker was so admired in China during the 19th century (so the story goes) that the originator’s family name got inseparable from the word for ‘watch’ in Chinese, known as Bo Wei.
Dials at Bovet are rarely plain and are often composed of different planes and sorrows, openworked zones and suspended counters. This model is no exemption. Accessible in either sun-brushed blue or dark, the top counter transfers the hours and minutes while the more modest counter denotes the passing seconds. The roundabout brushed dial highlights white Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic ones for the seconds.
Beneath the time counters, you can see the extension with fragile hand-engraved Fleurisanne themes addressing foliage, an in-house strength that Pascal Raffy restored among his craftsmans. The surface of the extension looks grainy – nearly sandblasted – and produces a matte surface. Two roundabout dejections, at 3 and 9 o’clock, add more alleviation to the view: the one at 3 o’clock houses the force save marker and the one on the privilege is opened on the barrel, and adds incredible feeling of balance. Both bear engravings in age-old French. “Pour servir ponctuels gentilshommes” which implies, “to serve a timely gentleman,” and on the other, “Faictes de mains de maistres,” or “made by wonderful hands”.
If you’ve got it, display it
Many of Bovet’s lavishly designed noteworthy pocket watches are gallery pieces today. The serious level of ornamentation on the development drove author Edouard Bovet to make the principal straightforward casebacks.
The Fleurier 19Thirty follows this practice and a sapphire caseback uncovers the magnificence of this in-house, manual-winding movement. The balance on the dial of this Fleurier 19Thirty is likewise reflected in the development with the equilibrium cockerel and focus wheel chicken adjusted and uncovered through two gaps in the extension. Indeed, in spite of the fact that it would seem that a strong ¾ plate, there is a squiggly line navigating the scaffold with gaps uncovering other subtleties of the movement.
Because of its undeniable degree of vertical combination – with its own development and dial makes – Bovet is presently ready to create about 85% of its types in-house. Type 15BM04 was planned explicitly for this assortment, albeit the etching on the extension alludes to it as Caliber 10Thirty. Like pocket watch developments, the liberal 15 ¾ ligne type (35.53mm) occupies all the accessible space and offers a remarkable 7-day power hold on only one barrel. The completions are in accordance with Bovet’s craftsmanship with blued screws, perlage on the mainplate and Geneva stripes angling over the bridges.
I consistently get the feeling that on the off chance that I were wearing a Bovet (and the right clothing), I could sneak into Versailles with any of the Louis kings holding court and not raise an eyebrow: that is the means by which extravagant and embellishing they are!
As with all Bovet watches, the second you handle one you realize you are looking at something extremely uncommon undoubtedly. Bovet is about imaginative craftsmanship and modern mechanics and is a lot of a specialty brand for experts. The Fleurier 19Thirty is the brand’s translation of a basic three-hand watch with a vigorous 7-day power save intended for regular use. I think you’ll concur that there is not much about this watch at all with its extravagant hand-engraved twists and unordinary layout.
The two Bovet 19Thirty Fleurier models in red gold come with croc ties to coordinate the shade of the dial and 18k red gold ardillon clasps. The retail cost is CHF 29,500. More data at bovet.com .