The Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter One from Bovet
Revealed at the SIHH 2019, the Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter One was developed to specifically showcase BOVET’s Engineering Brilliance “writing slope” case, which was designed by Mr. Raffy in 2016. The premier of this patented case in sapphire enables the architecture of this exclusive movement to follow the angle of the inclined planes of the case and filling it in an original and ergonomic manner.
The Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter One is now presented with a hemispherical dial in a transparent green quartz. Green, a symbol of hope and nature, embodies the message that Mr. Raffy and the House of BOVET sends to the collectors and humankind.
Limited to 60 movements, only, this timepiece presents a host of innovations and gives a glimpse of the scope of the unprecedented possibilities for interpreting timekeeping offered by the “writing slope” case. It offers a good legibility from the most natural angle and positioning on the wrist.
Chosen for its crystalline transparency, sapphire is also the second hardest material known after diamond. The lightness of sapphire is unsurpassed; and in fact weighs less than titanium. The complications fully justify the use of sapphire for this case which can be pivoted to observe the movement from the side. It’s atypical construction reveals a stepped architecture whose succession of inclined planes carries all the movement’s mobiles and components. The middle and glass ultimately form a single element.
The movement chosen to occupy this three-dimensional panoramic showcase is regulated by the patented double face flying tourbillon, which first appeared in BOVET’s 2015 collections. Four years later, the movement has evolved and today features a variable inertia balance for even greater chronometry through the use of a traditional hairspring. This new caliber draws its energy from a single barrel that guarantees 10 days’ power reserve despite numerous animated complications. The use of artisanal methods and the care taken with each detail represent the main reasons for this energy control.
On the strength of this exemplary chronometric performance, Brainstorm® displays the hours and minutes offset at 12 o’clock. As it is the highest section under the case’s pronounced dome, the watchmakers have manufactured a special high hand-fitting. An index screwed onto the carriage wheel along with two of the carriage bridge’s arms follow one another 120° apart, crossing the graduated seconds sector in a main dial milling. The gilded titanium carriage bridge alone requires two days’ work by a single artisan solely for its decoration.
To accentuate the transparency of the case, the power reserve is displayed via a printed cam that shows the energy available through a “crescent-shaped” indicator placed at 4 o’clock.
Positioned symmetrically at 8 o’clock, a big date almost mysteriously appears in a circular aperture. The entire mechanism is revealed to the collector’s eye.
At 12 o’clock, nestled in the volume of the hours and minutes dial, arises a three-dimensional moon phase, whose dome’s camber masterfully counters the curves of the dial. For heightened realism, the lunar dome’s surface is engraved, and the lower sections filled with Superluminova®. BOVET 1822’s dial-makers have achieved an impressive feat by setting two circular aventurine glass plates in the pronounced curve of the hemispherical moon phase indicator. The moon phases are thus read with a striking realism through the two circular apertures that overlook the dome.
At 12 o’clock, nestled in the volume of the hours and minutes dial, arises a three-dimensional moon phase, whose dome’s camber masterfully counters the curves of the dial. For heightened realism, the lunar dome’s surface is engraved, and the lower sections filled with Superluminova®. The sky is represented here in its finest expression. BOVET 1822’s dial-makers have achieved an impressive feat by setting two circular aventurine glass plates in the pronounced curve of the hemispherical moon phase indicator. The moon phases are thus read with a striking realism through the two circular apertures that overlook the dome.
This specific construction in sapphire created a set of unprecedented difficulties for all the artisans. Micro-engineers, decorators, dial-makers, and watchmakers together succeeded in meeting the many challenges presented by this new case material in the Récital 26.
As is now customary at BOVET, the Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One is presented as a limited edition, restricted to the number of movements produced. Only sixty movements will leave the manufacture’s workshops.