RÉCITAL 23 MOON PHASE IS THE FIRST BOVET WOMEN’S TIMEPIECE TO FEATURE THE “WRITING SLOPE” CASE, DESIGNED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AN OVAL SHAPE.
Hours and minutes occupy an off-center dial at 6 o’clock, while a deeply poetic three-dimensional moon phase is displayed on the upper section of the Récital 23 Moon phase timepiece.
Since the dawn of time, people have been telling the time by the stars. Many cultures still use the lunar calendar and the dates of many — often religious — celebrations are frequently established according to the age of the moon. The moon also exerts a physical influence on our world, notably on the tides. Fishermen as well as farmers and winegrowers order their activities in accordance with our natural satellite. Sensibilities and moods are also often connected to lunar changes and it seems illusory to attempt to draw up an exhaustive list of the beliefs and influences attributed to the moon.
The Récital 23 timepiece is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. Its oscillating weight in 22-ct gold is finely hand-engraved with the ‘Fleurisanne’ motif that Maison BOVET 1822 has been producing for almost two centuries. Its oscillations power two barrels whose energy guarantees 62 hours’ of power reserve. The module, entirely developed and manufactured in BOVET 1822’s workshops, makes it possible to offset the time display and add the moon phase indicator.
Presented in the form of a hemispherical dome, the moon phase indicator majestically corresponds to the volume of the ‘writing slope” case. The dome’s surface is engraved to evoke the lunar surface and filled with luminescent material. This feat is all the more remarkable due to the indicato’s camber. It is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that single handedly requires over a day’s work to be manufactured and decorated. The precision mechanism used to drive the moon phase requires correction only once every 122 years.
Keen to develop useful complications that would allow everyday use of the timepiece, Mr. Raffy — BOVET 1822’s Owner —sought to incorporate a push button into the cabochon of the crown so as to be able to adjust the moon phase. The latter is therefore easily modified without needing to use the slightest tool.
For its debut, the Récital 23 will be available in white gold, red gold or titanium models. The gold cases may be decorated with a bezel set with round diamonds or baguette-cut diamonds or be entirely paved with round diamonds.
The dial dial-makers of BOVET 1822 have created two dials of choice for this new piece. As she wishes, irrespective of the case’s material, each collector will be able to choose between a dial of blue aventurine glass or black Tahitian mother-of-pearl adorned with a delicate guilloché motif. Elegant hour and minute hands gracefully glide over each dial. Every hour, when the hour and minute hands overlap, their atypical designs form the shape of a heart, outlined in negative space. Timeless and symbolic, the new Récital 23 represents the values which drive Mr. Raffy and the artisans of BOVET 1822 : passion for fine watchmaking, and a devotion to perpetuate BOVET 1822’s illustrious history with noble new expressions of the timekeeping art.
RÉCITAL 23 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
R230001, 18K RED GOLD, MOTHER-OFPEARL GUILLOCHÉ
R230003, 18K RED GOLD, AVENTURINE DIAL
R230002, 18K WHITE GOLD, MOTHER-OFPEARL GUILLOCHÉ
R230004, 18K WHITE GOLD, AVENTURINE DIAL
R230006, TITANIUM, MOTHER-OF-PEARL GUILLOCHÉ
R230008, TITANIUM, AVENTURINE DIAL
TYPE DIMIER « WRITING DESK » CASE
DIAMETER 43 X 28.70 MM
THICKNESS 14.40 MM
MATERIAL 18K RED OR WHITE GOLD OR TITANIUM
BRACELET FULL SKIN ALLIGATOR
BUCKLE 18K RED OR WHITE GOLD ARDILLON
WATER RESISTANCE 30M
TYPE SELF-WINDING MOVEMENT
DIAMETER 11½’’’ WITH 17½’’’ X 12¾‘’’ MODULE
FREQUENCY 28,800 V/H
POWER RESERVE 62 HOURS
FUNCTIONS OFF-CENTRE HOURS AND MINUTES, MOON PHASE
DIAL BLACK MOTHER-OF-PEARL GUILLOCHÉ OR AVENTURINE GLASS WITH 10 ROUND DIAMOND INDEXES
BOVET 1822 collections are exclusively available at Asia Jewellers Boutiques.