One of the most distinctive and the most impressive models launched so far in 2013 is definitely Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso Tourbillon watch. Or should I say, a whole set of watches? Definitely, this is not just one masterpiece, although it possesses only one case, a single movement and at the end, only one name. However, if you spend some time with this extraordinary model, you will quickly realized that it has two faces and four different forms. Finally, Bovet’s Virtuoso is produced in two limited series (red gold and white gold versions) of 50 pieces.
Thanks to the brand’s Amadeo System, Bovet Virtuoso Tourbillon watch can easily be transformed into a number of different formats – into a reversible wristwatch, a table clock, a pocket watch or a necklace pendant. The secret is in a distinctive bow which is together with a crown located at the 12 o’clock position. Just by using your fingers, you can first release a bracelet by pressing a button, and then, you can separate a bezel of a case-back from the rest of the case to serve as a small stand for a table clock. By attaching the case on the beautiful, vintage looking chain, you create a pocket watch. Finally, if you choose to keep this stylish case on an elegant, hand-stitched alligator leather strap, you still have the option to choose among two stunning dials, both open-worked to reveal the mechanical perfection.
The front side of the case features an interesting white dial at its upper part. The rest of the interface is completely transparent, showing nicely decorated bridges and a tourbillon cage. On the dial, there is an aperture showcasing the jumping hour complication, which automatically changes at the end of 60-minute interval. Above this prominent hour display, there is a power-reserve indicator and a retrograde minute display, both indicated by striking blue steel hands.
The tourbillon cage with the diameter of 13.50mm is located at the 6 o’clock position. It seems like floating in the air, being delicately suspended by a brilliantly polished svelte bridge. It is fixed to a beautifully decorated mainplate by two blued screws. On the top of the tourbillon carriage, there is a tiny blue hand, rotating together with the cage to indicate small seconds. Along with the trilling engraving on the mainplate, you can enjoy other artistic decorations on the mechanism, including highly polished jewel sinks and circular graining on the partly revealed gear wheels. Design simplicity and perfect harmony of the dial may almost make us forget the extreme mechanical complexity, presented by instant jumping hour and retrograde minute displays as well as a power reserve indicator, positioned around just one axis.
And if you ever get bored with this masterpiece or if you just want to showcase even more elegant dial, you just need to turn the back-side of Bovet’s watch. There you will find another skeletonized dial, featuring a regular time display on the bright right surface, the tourbillon cage and a delicate decoration of movement’s parts. The prestigious watchmaker used stylish blue hands and Roman numerals indicating hours to pay homage to the brand’s exceptional tradition and pocket watches produced by Edouard Bovet at the dawn of the 19th century. The dial also features the inscription of the brand’s name and “5 Jours” which indicates the power reserve of the watch.
The mechanism revealed through two nicely curved sapphire crystal glasses is a Caliber 16BM02AI-HSMR. Built of 439 components, including 63 jewels, this stunning hand-winding movement oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides a superb power-reserve of 120 hours. This fact is especially impressive if we consider how much energy is usually spent on the functioning of a jumping hour indicator and tourbilon complication.
Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso Tourbillon is a robust watch, with the diameter of 44 mm and the height of 15.45 mm. Its perfectly polished and rounded case is crafted either in 18 karat white or 18 karat red gold.