Bovet - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR Hong Kong Monday, May 29, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Bovet
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: D860
    Case No: 011'855
    Model Name: Notre Dame
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Bovet crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Bovet buckle
    Dimensions: 44.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Piece Unique

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bovet's wristwatches are instantly recognizable, due to their convertible Lépine-style 'Amadeo' pocket watch cases. Ever since the brands resurrection in the 1990s, the pocket watch style has always been a defining feature in the brand's DNA. The ingenious 'Amadeo' design recalls images of the opulent enamel and pearl-set openface masterpieces that Édouard Bovet made in the 1800s.

    Featuring an eye-catching guilloché dial which proudly displays "Piece Unique", the present watch houses three key complications that are fitted within the cofines of a 44.5 mm. diameter case. The minute repeating mechanism chimes with great tone and clarity, and moves in sync with the automated bells on the dial. The subdials display two different time zones in addition the central minutes and hour hand. The tourbillon rotates in an ornate escapement, which is chiseled and engraved to perfection. Painstaking detail has been applied to the band too, which features a similar baroque-style engraving.

    Taking into account the complexity and level of known-how required to produce such a horological marvel, it comes as no surprise that the present watch retailed for over 600,000 USD at the time of its launch.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1822

    The firm Bovet 1822 has a rich, centuries-long history beginning when Edouard Bovet sold four decorative pocket watches in Canton Asia for what would today equal $1 million. By 1822, Edouard, with his brothers, registered the company in London, which at the time was an important center for watches and clocks. That same year, they moved their manufacturing center to the Swiss municipality Fleurier. Bovet became known for their highly decorative pocket watches for the Chinese market. Their richly engraved movements were so important to the watch that Bovet created the concept of the transparent watch back so owners could see the beauty of the movement. Bovet's oversized chronograph wristwatches, such as the Mono Rattrapante chronograph, are especially sought-after. Today, the firm continues their tradition of exquisitely enameled watches.

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Ref. D860
A very fine and unique pink gold triple time zone minute repeating tourbillon automata wristwatch with guilloché dial and engraved case

Circa 2012
44.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, dial further signed Piece Unique

HK$480,000 - 640,000 

Sold for HK$975,000

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