Bovet introduces the new Récital 22 Grand Récital

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The house of Bovet has just released what is arguably its most complex watch ever – the Récital 22 Grand Récital. A combination of a tourbillon, tellurium and perpetual calendar, this fascinating piece celebrates the three celestial bodies that impact our lives the most: the sun, earth, and moon.

The Sun is represented by the flying tourbillon located at 6 o’clock. To highlight the brilliance of the sun, Bovet’s watchmakers have raised the tourbillon carriage above the surface of the movement. The five arms surrounding the regulating organ are evocative of sun rays. By rotating once every minute, the tourbillon displays the seconds by a hand attached directly to the carriage wheel and moves over a scaled twenty-second section.

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The tourbillon’s five arms are evocative of sun rays


The Earth is represented by a hand painted and engraved hemisphere at 12 o’clock. Using a special Bovet-patented technique, the artisans have incorporated luminous material into the miniature painting. Thanks to this, the hemisphere glows in the dark, just as the Earth itself when seen from outer space. The hemisphere is finished with several layers of transparent lacquer. To make it even more realistic, the artisans painted clouds and air currents onto the lacquer. Since they are separated from the hemisphere by the thick layers of lacquer, they appear to be floating in mid air. Just like the Earth does in real life, the hemisphere on the Récital 22 Grand Récital makes one anti-clockwise rotation every 24 hours. The hours are indicated by a polished titanium hand located between the globe and the tourbillon.

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Thanks to the luminous substance incorporated into it, the hemisphere glows in the dark


Surrounding the globe is a small sphere representing the Moon. The sphere orbits the Earth in one lunar month (29.53 days exactly) and features two parts: one black and one engraved with the textured surface of the moon. The engraved parts are filled with a luminous material, which allows us to see exactly which area of the moon is directly illuminated by the Sun. The moon as well as the moon phase ring next to it are both powered by a high-precision mechanism that is accurate to one day in 122 years. In addition to the representations of the three celestial bodies, the dial also features retrograde minute and power reserve indications at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively. Completing the dial is the date function displayed at 7 o’clock through a magnifying glass.

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The moon sphere makes a complete orbit once every 29.53 days


The rest of the perpetual calendar functions are displayed on the watch’s case back. Looking through the sapphire back, the user can see the apertures for the hour, day, month, leap-year, as well as the ingenious double-sided date disk display. Adjusting the perpetual calendar indications is very easy and straightforward. All the user needs to do is to simply press the pushpiece located between the upper lugs. This will simultaneously adjust all the watch’s functions.

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The perpetual calendar functions are displayed on the back


Housed in a large 46.3mm case, the new Récital 22 Grand Récital is limited to 60 made-to-order pieces. The customers can choose the case material (red gold or platinum) and even the orientation of the painted world map. The latest Bovet masterpiece is presented on a black alligator leather strap.

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Bovet allows collectors to choose the orientation of the painted world map



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