Bovet 1822 presents a collection of unique timepieces that highlights the history of Chinese dragons, a composition of creatures with features of no less than nine animals that symbolizes the power or the emperor, while embodying the forces of nature.
Approximately one hundred hours are required to produce each dial, with details so fine that the work demands the use of a binocular microscope and a brush that consists of a single marten hair.
This is a major challenge for the artist who paints each of them by hand on the small surface of the mother-of-pearl dial. Presented on the Amadeo Fleurier 43mm timepiece, these dials are highlighted by the iconic convertible case, which enables collectors to admire their work of art as a wristwatch or pocket watch or to display it as a table clock.
The history of Maison BOVET began in China in 1818, where the Bovet brothers’ excellence in the decorative arts and technical ingenuity captivated Emperor Jiaqing, his successor Emperor Daoguang and their dignitaries, resulting in a passion and recognition among art collectors.
Two centuries later, the special bonds between BOVET 1822 and Chinese history remain intact, an inspiration for Mr. Raffy, owner of BOVET 1822, and his artisans to honor the wishes of collectors by offering them unique timepieces whose decorative arts reflect their passion for ancient history and art.
With this exclusive offer, the virtuosity of the miniaturist painters is once again combined with the creative ingenuity of the House’s technicians to amaze the most demanding collectors and their successors. It perpetuates the values and symbols of an age-old culture and an incomparable time-honored expertise that has now united the Maison BOVET and the Middle Kingdom for 197 years.
Type: Self-winding movement
Diameter: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28’000 v/h
Power reserve: 72 hours
Hours and minutes
Type: Amadéo® convertible system
Diameter: 43 mm
Material: 18K red gold or white gold
Water resistance: 30 m
Mother-of-pearl dial with a miniature painting
Buckle: 18K red gold or white gold ardillon
Gold-plated silver or rhodium-plated silver
AF43601, “golden dragon” design, unique piece
AF43604, “red dragon” design, unique piece