Bovet has created a bespoke pair of exquisite watches that transform into dashboard clocks for the $28 million Rolls-Royce Boat Tail


A couple of days back, Rolls-Royce revealed the ultra-opulent, one-of-a-kind convertible called the Boat Tail. Commissioned by an anonymous couple from the United States, the Boat Tail is the first bespoke creation to come from the British luxury automaker’s new Coachbuild division. One of the highlights of the $28 million Rolls-Royce is the pair of unique timepieces created by famed Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1822 exclusively for the Boat Tail. The boutique Haute Horlogerie brand has finally released more information on the two bespoke reversible ‘His & Hers’ two-sided timepieces, each designed to be worn on the wrist, used as a table clock, pendant, or pocket timepiece, or placed within the fascia as Boat Tail’s dashboard clock.


Both timepieces use the same 44mm 18k white gold case featuring a cylindrical shape and asymmetrical T-bar-style lugs and a cabochon crown at 12 o’clock. The case gets Bovet’s proprietary Amadéo System that debuted with the stunning Amadeo Convertible Case concept back in 2010. The complicated system lets the timepiece convert to a wristwatch, a table clock, a pocket watch, and a pendant watch. However, for the latest execution, Bovet pushed the limits of horological engineering by creating an intricate mechanism that enables both watches to be slotted into the dashboard of the Boat Tail and be used as the car clock. The craftsmen at Bovet created a mechanical 51-piece aluminum and titanium cradle for the watches within the dashboard that not can only hold one of the two watches securely but also isolate the delicate tourbillion from vibrations and shocks.

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The two Bovet Boat Tail watches get different case finishing. The gentleman’s watch features a clean mirror polish, while the woman’s piece is hand-engraved with an intricate pattern that is filled with blue lacquer. Both models share the same skeleton main dial design depicting the distinctive rear decklid of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and the iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament on the tourbillon bridge. There’s a tiny power indicator located at 12 o’clock. On the reverse side, the two watches are slightly different from each other. The gentleman’s watch features an aventurine dial with a depiction of the night sky on the night of his birth, while the ladies’ watch features a miniature painting of a bouquet of flowers. Both timepieces get a hand-engraved, lacquered, and miniature painted sculpture of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail in profile.

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Both watches feature a hand-wound movement with a bespoke 60-second tourbillon and a power reserve of five days. “Based on a true commission model, Boat Tail represents a collaborative exploration of luxury, design, and culture between BOVET 1822, Rolls-Royce, and the commissioning clients,” Bovet said in a statement. The pair of watches have been exclusively created for the bespoke Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and the watchmaker has no intention of selling them to the public, which is why there’s no information on the pricing.

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