The Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital costs nearly half a million dollars.
For those who don’t know it, Bovet is a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers created in 1822. The luxury brand is popular for its pocket watches as well as high-end artistic timepieces.
Bovet is known for its high-quality dials, especially Miniature Painting models. The watch we are going to write about today is the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital Masterpiece. Bovet has been exploring the theme of the cosmos, creating three watches that invoke science as art.
In 2016, they launched the Shooting Star, a 5-day Tourbillon with jumping hours, retrograde minutes, and a hemispherical double moon phase. In 2017, the Astérium featured a 10-day flying tourbillon. Now, Bovet presents the Recital 22 ‘Grand Recital. Consequently, the three watches celebrate three heavenly bodies: the Sun, the Earth and the Moon.
First of all, the dial of the Recital 22 features a tellurium component with the Earth that glows in the dark. How does it work? Well, the earth is an hand-painted map that includes oceans, mountains, deserts and forests.
Most noteworthy, the artisans incorporated luminescent substances into the miniature painting, making it shine in the dark. Also, the globe’s surface features successive layers of transparent lacquer.
Finally, the strap of the watch is also luxurious, made from full grain alligator. Another feature is that the perpetual calendar indicates the date, the day of the week and the month and is located on the reverse side of the dial. There are only 60 pieces worldwide and requires order. It comes in two versions: a red gold option and a platinum one. The 18k gold option costs $469,800 USD and the platinum “only” $502,200 USD.