The collaboration between Bovet 1822 and Pininfarina began in 2010 with the Tourbillon Ottanta, and this year’s model, Flying Tourbillon Ottantasei, differs from previous pieces in that the case is much thinner, and it does not have the Amadeo system that enables the piece to be transformed from wristwatch to pocket watch. Particularly in the titanium versions, it is a modern and stylish piece. It is a tourbillon watch with a power reserve of ten days, an exceptional performance that is justifiably emphasized by a power reserve indicator – through which the mainspring can be viewed – as large as the dial for time functions. The power reserve indicator operates with a cone on an infinite screw.
Case of maximum transparency
The case is 44 mm in diameter and 12 mm in width, in red gold, titanium or black DLC-treated titanium, 30 metres water resistance. It has transparent sapphire glass on both sides and on the caseband. The Bovet logo is laser-engraved inside the front watchglass, the Pininfarina logo is inside the caseband glass. The piece features hallmark screws designed by Pininfarina, and the crown is also branded, with the Pininfarina logo laser-engraved onto a sapphire crystal inset into the top. It is mounted on a black rubber strap with blue alcantara lining.
Hand-wound movement, 240 hours power reserve
The movement is the hand-wound 17BM03MM. It includes the winding system invented for the Bovet 1822 Braveheart watch presented in 2015, with a patented spherical differential that enables the watch to be wound twice as quickly with respect to conventional systems. The mainspring is 1.04 metres long, providing 240 hours of operation. The mainplate is finished with Côtes de Genève. The one-minute tourbillon is another Bovet 1822 patent, designed such that the escapement and balance spring are placed on opposite sides of the central pivot, which improves precision and puts this part of the movement into clearer view. The balance runs at 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hertz), with a balance spring made in-house at sister company Dimier 1738 – Bovet 1822 state that they are one of the less than ten watchmaking companies in the world to possess this capability.
Price and availability
The watch is a limited edition, with 86 movements that will be produced and encased in titanium or gold cases according to the purchaser’s choice. Bovet 1822 presents its new timepieces in January every year, and they can be pre-ordered, with a delivery time of 3-6 months. The titanium version costs 160,000 Swiss francs, the gold version 175,000 Swiss francs. The watch has an international five-year guarantee. Contact Bovet for further details.