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As its name suggests, Bovet 1822 was founded 199 years ago, and unlike other brands that may seem subject to trends and fashions, the firm maintains a very particular and exclusive historical-contemporary design that brings together many high-end pieces that have interesting technical innovations. This is the case of the watch that we present to you today, the latest version of the complex and spectacular Bovet Virtuoso VIII launched in 2017, a limited edition piece that exhibits its most current face thanks to titanium case with DLC-SLN finish and Super-LumiNova dials.

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

Titanium and black DLC

The most usual when we talk about classic style watches with great complications, is that the material chosen for the case is a precious metal: gold or platinum. But it should not surprise us that Bovet resorts to titanium for his latest creation, especially since he had already used it in some of his watches, for example the “sporty” OTTANTASEI of 2018 with Pininfarina, and has even gone further with cases completely made of sapphire, such as the Récital 26 Brainstorm.

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

But what’s more, the titanium of this Virtuoso VIII Chapter II is coated with black DLC, giving it a totally different look compared to the previous elegant red gold versions. That’s right, maintains the fascinating inclined geometry of its 44 mm case in the shape of a lectern, thicker at 12 o’clock and thinner at 6 o’clock, and the crown at the top as a tribute to the historic pocket watches for the Chinese market that made Bovet so popular during the first half of the nineteenth century (in this article by Jordi you can read its history).

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Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

Super-Luminova for the dials

It is not the only change, although it is the most important. To reinforce this more avant-garde aesthetic, the two large subdials that implement the 10-day power reserve and the large date window are coated in Super-LumiNova and available in yellow, blue, salmon, turquoise and violet, each limited to eight watches. This luminescence is also applied to the perimeter minute ring of the tourbillon. The nocturnal result is simply spectacular.

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

Titanium seems to me an excellent choice for this watch, especially if we combine it with the colorful sub-dials, the massive application of Super-LumiNova and a less ornate decoration, but personally I would have dispensed with the DLC. Sorry, personal pet peeves due to bad experiences with this coating.

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Magnificent mechanism of impeccable finishes

Visible through the sapphire that closes its back, we find the caliber 17BM06-GD, a manual caliber that, with a single large barrel, offers a power reserve of ten days. To facilitate winding, it has a patented system that reduces by half the number of turns needed to wind the spring to the maximum. As you would expect from Bovet, its finishes are impeccable, with a new blackened finish for the circular Côtes de Genève on the baseplate and bridges.

Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two

The Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN comes with a black alligator leather strap with a black DLC-coated steel buckle. The 40 units of these limited editions are priced at CHF 200,000.

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