19Thirty collection: Welcome to uniqueness
Much more than a new model, Pascal Raffy, owner of BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738, has decided to unveil an entire new collection for the second half of 2015. To understand its substance, legitimacy and genesis, we invite you to embark on a journey back in time.
It is in the 20th century—during the 1930s, to be precise—that watchmaking witnessed one of the most significant turning points in its history: watches overwhelmingly migrated from pockets to wrists. Although from today's perspective, this seems like a natural evolution for watchmaking, it constituted a genuine revolution at the time. With their new ergonomics, wristwatches provided more freedom and new uses which, in turn, gave rise to new functions. This marked the beginning of specialized watches specifically designed to meet new, more demanding needs. Watchmakers thus found themselves faced with a multitude of new constraints. The movements they manufactured now needed to be more precise and their dimensions reduced. Linked to this development, steel, which was enjoying a boom, became a firm favorite for fashioning cases thanks to the many advantages afforded by its mechanical properties and resistance.
Bovet unveils the 19Thirty collection
The new Bovet 1822 timepiece was inspired by a pocket watch from the 1930s. It features a thousand little details and a fascinating interplay of symmetries.
There are no "watches" at Bovet 1822, only "timekeepers."You might think this is a bit of semantic capriciousness, but it's not. Whosoever has listened to Pascal Raffy, the company owner, as he corrects an interlocutor will realize that there is something deeper there, the translation into words of a sincere obsession for precision and detail. The new 19Thirty is no exception to the rule. It does not boast "Swiss made" on the dial, but rather "Swiss handcrafted."
Bovet 19Thirty: A Tale of Two Epochs
Because milestone timepieces don’t necessarily have to be complicated: the Bovet 19 Thirty, bridging the past and present of watchmaking.
I’ve always been a quiet, curious admirer of Bovet, a historical name that operates independently with an uncommon approach to reinterpreting classical watchmaking. But It wasn’t until the last two years or so that I’ve really started giving Bovet a more serious consideration, ever since they created more accessible in-house movements that still retain the neo-classical charm and intricacy they’ve built a reputation around. One such example is the recently unveiled 19 Thirty collection, available in two very distinct case configurations.
Bovet 19 Thirty with Fleurier case and blue dial - hands-on watch review
I adore fine timepieces, especially in the most elevated echelons of haute horologerie where the air is thin and few venture. A recent encounter with one of Bovet's latest creations has given me a reason to be cheerful.
The most elevated echelons of haute horologerie are a world of superbness where 'perfection', 'excellence' and 'heritage' are part of the lexicon typically employed. Indeed, it is this sphere of refined magnificence which has always elicited words of praise to freely leave my lips. Sadly, despite my being able to appreciate the peerless creation of a no-compromise timepiece, I am left downcast knowing my own limited fiscal means preclude the purchase of the finest exemplars of haute horlogerie. However, a recent encounter with one of Bovet's latest creations has given me a reason to be cheerful.