Best of the Best 2018

Récital 22 Grand Récital
Elected Best Of the Best 2018 by
Robb Report Russia

Maison BOVET was once again awarded by Robb Report Russia. Launched in May 2018, the Récital 22 Grand Récital, five times patented, attracted the experts’ attention, awarding it the ? Best of the Best 2018 ? prize.

BOVET is honored with this prestigious award for the seventh time in its history.

In 2016, BOVET astonished collectors with the unveiling of the Récital 18 Shooting Star, which revolutionized watchmaking design by combining its movement with a registered design asymmetrical case. A year later, BOVET reprised this incredible celestial timepiece with the Récital 20 Astérium, which borrowed the Récital 18 original case architecture.
The Récital 22 Grand Récital forms the third chapter in the poetic watchmaking narrative begun by Pascal Raffy and the Maison’s artisans two years ago. Together, they now invite us to observe the three heavenly bodies that set the pace of our lives: the sun, earth, and moon.

To accentuate the splendor of the sun, the tourbillon carriage has been raised above the surface of the movement. Its original construction is characterized by its central attachment, endowing the piece with exemplary chronometry, while achieving a peerless level of transparency.

The earth is represented by a hemisphere on the Récital 22, the surface of which is adorned with an engraved and hand-painted map. As in reality, the earth naturally performs one anti-clockwise rotation every 24 hours. At the base of the globe, a graduated scale displays the hour by means of a three-dimensional polished titanium hand, situated between the tourbillon and the globe.

The moon is depicted by a sphere divided into two parts: one black, while the second is engraved with the textured surface of the moon. The engraved sections of the second half are filled with a luminescent substance, which makes it possible to clearly see which part of the moon is directly illuminated by the sun.

Récital 22 Grand Récital displays the following functions ; hours (24H), retrograde minutes, seconds on the double face flying tourbillon, precision moon phase, retrograde date (both side), nine days power reserve and a retrograde perpetual calendar on the back.

Specially designed and developed for the Grand Récital, the perpetual calendar is brimming with innovative features. It is driven by a retrograde mechanism with a micrometric rack, also patented, which optimizes operation while reducing the amount of required space. A mechanism, thanks to a pushpiece located between the upper lugs, simultaneously adjusts all the timepiece’s functions. Therefore, if the timepiece has been stopped for six days, for instance, this pushpiece can be simply pressed six times to perfectly adjust the perpetual calendar and Tellurium functions simultaneously.

The unique architecture of the case, inspired by the shape of a writing slope opens a new window on the three-dimensional interpretation of time displays developed by Pascal Raffy and the BOVET watchmakers. Its case is available in red gold or platinum but only sixty Grand Récital movements will be issued by BOVET’s workshops.