The Art of Bovet
BOVET perpetuates the tradition in decorative arts for its dials and movements that made its watches among the most treasured luxury objects of the 19th century. In a market where virtually every watch brand can be compared with another, BOVET watches stand in a category of their own champions of a style of watchmaking that gives individual craftsmen and women the opportunity to express rare skills. Movements are selected for the elegance and robustness of their construction. Each is entirely transformed magnificently decorated in engraving and enamels or in the traditional instrument-finish of an Haute Horlogerie movement.It is an approach that dates back 185 years, when Edouard Bovet made his first watches to display exotic European arts to the Chinese aristocracy. Then as now, BOVET timepieces gave free of reign to watchmakers, enamellers, goldsmiths and jewellers to capture time in the most beautiful and original way possible. BOVET insists on the finest materials and the rarest workmanship domed dials in fired enamels, hands and screws blued by fire, or miniature paintings on mother-of-pearl.Today workmanship, mother-of-pearl, miniatures and engraving continue to set BOVET watches apart as distinctive works of art. Miniature painting takes more than seventy hours of concentration and sixty or more firings in a kiln to distil the emotion of a portrait or the drama of a wildlife study.Decorating a movement is also a delicate operation involving a vast array of tiny details, many of which are hidden, and all of which require a specialists hand. Movements for the Fleurier line are richly engraved in BOVETs own fleurisanne style, sometimes enamelled and set with split pearls, whereas Sportster movements are finished in the classic CÃ´tes de GenÃ¨ve decoration with screws and rotor blued by fire.