Ladies’ Complication: Récital 23
The Récital 23 is the first BOVET women’s timepiece to feature the “writing slope” case, which is designed here for the first time in an oval shape that is 43 mm high and 28.7 mm wide. 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 timepiece.
The Récital 23 timepiece is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement, its oscillating weight in 22-ct gold finely hand-engraved with the "Fleurisanne" motif that Maison BOVET 1822 has been producing for almost two centuries. Its oscillations power two barrels for 62 hours of power reserve. The moon phase 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 indicator's camber. It is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that singlehandedly 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. Pascal Raffy — BOVET 1822's Owner —sought to incorporate a push button into the real sapphire cabochon of the crown so as to be able to easily adjust the moon phase, so no need for any correctors. One push on the crown moves the moon phase forward by one day.
In 2021, the Récital 23 comes in 18K red gold with a bright turquoise guilloché dial, and the case and bezel are set with round white diamonds.
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.