The Château de Môtiers 40 Papillon by Bovet 1822 is a watch with a mother-of-pearl dial painted with a butterfly motif. The unusual feature is that it is painted with both conventional colour and luminescent paint, so that it takes on new life in the dark. Bovet say that the difficult part of the process is that the artist has to move back and forth between a lit studio to a dark room to check how the process is going. See more butterfly watches here.
Case and movement
The watch has the characteristic Môtiers case, 40 mm in diameter and 8.43 mm thick, with the standard 30 metre water resistance. It is in red gold, and decorated with diamonds on the bezel and the top bow. Inside, the self-winding calibre 11BA15 runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), and provides 42 hours power reserve, driving hour and minute hands. The watch has an alligator strap with an ardillon buckle.
Price and availability
The price of the Bovet 1822 Papillon watch is $49,000. It is available for purchase, with a delivery time of two months. It is the first product in a line that will be expanded in the future. See the Bovet website for further information.