Bovet’s new Récital 22 Grand Récital tourbillon artfully miniaturizes our daily celestial dance. Within a two-sided 46mm red gold or platinum watch Bovet beautifully represents the sun, earth and moon with, respectively, a tourbillon, a hand-painted hemispherical globe and completely spherical half-luminescent orb.
The new watch is the third debut in a trio of spectacular astronomical watches Bovet inaugurated in 2016 with its Récital 18 Shooting Star, a five-day tourbillon with jumping hours, retrograde minutes, and a hemispherical double moon phase followed in 2017 by the Récital 20 Astérium, a ten-day flying tourbillon.
This third of the series, the Récital 22, is a wrist-sized Tellurium Orrery, a colorful, multi-dimensional mechanical model of the three celestial orbs we reference daily.
First, we see the Sun as represented by a one-minute tourbillon with five golden rays (the five arms of the titanium carriage bridge) emanating from central, beautifully engraved three-dimensional depiction of our own fiery star. Bovet has raised the tourbillon carriage itself above the surface of the movement to emphasize its importance. The tourbillon indicates the seconds by a hand fixed to the carriage wheel that then travels over a scaled twenty-second sector.
The Recital 22’s most prominent feature is its blue, white and green hand-painted hemispherical globe. Bovet’s artisans have carefully created a depiction of Earth, complete with the oceans, mountains, deserts and forests. The artists add another dimension to the image by adding luminescent material to their paint, which allows the Earth to glow, as if seen from space.
At the base of the globe, which of course rotates once per day, you’ll see a graduated scale with a polished titanium hand pointing out the hour. Just to the sides of the globe Bovet places a retrograde minutes display and a power reserve indication. You’ll find a helpfully magnified date at 7 o’clock that shows only one date on one side of a very clever, patented, double-sided date disk. The other side of the disk is visible on the caseback.
To further enhance its astronomical depiction of time, the Recital 22 almost directly mimics lunar orbit by attaching the spherical moon to a ring around the hemispherical Earth. The mini-Moon makes a complete orbit once every 29.53 days, just like the real thing. As a high-precision moonphase complication, it will register a discrepancy of just one day every 122 years. Bovet has filled the daytime half of the nicely cratered Moon with a luminescent substance to make gazing at it even more realistic.
Most of the primary astronomical indications are displayed on the Récital 22’s dial-side, but the back also charms the eye, though with a series of more literal depictions of time. These include the aforementioned date disk, as well as the full perpetual calendar, including hour, day, month, and leap year indicators. And of course the double-sided flying tourbillon is almost as visible here as it is on the front–the date disk obscures a portion of the view.
Bovet’s vertically integrated atelier has been generous with its innovation here in many respects, not the least of which involves setting the perpetual calendar. In addition to the traditional correctors used to adjust each indication individually, Bovet has thoughtfully designed and developed a push piece (between the upper lugs) that simultaneously adjusts all Récital 22 functions. If, for instance, the watch has been stopped for six days the wearer can quickly press the pusher six times to readjust the perpetual calendar and Tellurium functions.
Bovet will release sixty examples of this Récital 22 in either red gold ($469,800) or platinum ($502,200), depending on each buyer’s request. The manufacture will customize each watch to indicate the owner’s home location in order to optimally position the earth and sun. We’ll have additional details about this watch in future following a hands-on examination of the piece in the coming months.
Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital
Caliber 17DM03-TEL, hand-wound mechanical, frequency of 18,000 vph, 9-day power reserve, one-minute, double-sided flying tourbillon
Hours (24hr), retrograde minutes, seconds on the double-sided flying tourbillon, Precision Moon phase, retrograde double-sided date, power reserve. Retrograde perpetual calendar on the back.
Double-sided flying tourbillon. / Micrometric track for retrograde display. / Timepiece movement comprising a display mechanism for information relating to the movement of the moon. / Timepiece movement comprising a control organ which activates several mechanisms simultaneously. / Timepiece movement comprising an indicator visible on both sides of the movement simultaneously.
46.30 mm red gold or platinum with asymmetrical shape thickest at 12 o’clock (19.60mm), water resistance: 30 meters
Full-grain alligator, buckle in 18-karat red or white gold