Swiss watchmaker Bovet is known for making watches that are extremely complicated and masterfully crafted. The latest flagship timepiece introduced by Bovet is one of the most complicated and elaborate watches its has ever created. Designed by Bovet owner Pascal Raffy, the watch is called Récital 22 Grand Récital (and no, that’s not a typo. The watch is grand that it required the use of the name Récital twice) and exhibits the pinnacle of complexity and artistry by introducing an eye-popping combination of a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and tellurium in a single timepiece. The watch features a round case that is asymmetrically thick and measures 46.30mm wide and 19.60mm thick and has AR-coated sapphire crystals on the top and bottom.
On the dial, the Sun is represented by a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock that is raised above the surface of the movement, giving an illusion of floating in mid-air. The tourbillon cage features five arms in the shape of sun rays. At the 12 o’clock position, the Earth is a hand-painted hemisphere showing the hours. The hemisphere has an engraved and hand-painted map with luminescent surfaces and the hour is displayed by a three-dimensional polished titanium hand located between the tourbillon and the globe. A spherical representation of the Moon orbits the Earth once every 29.53 days – exactly equivalent to the Moon’s synodic period. The display is accurate to one day’s error in 122 years. Retrograde minutes and a power reserve indication are displayed on hemispherical sectors on each side of the globe. The back of the watch has a full perpetual calendar display in which the hour, day, month, and leap-year indicators are run by a retrograde mechanism. All of the indications can be re-set by a pusher at 12:00 on the case. Bovet will produce 60 examples of the watch in total with half of the watches being in 18k red gold (US$469,800) and the other half being in platinum (US$502,200).