The Swiss watchmaker Bovet has unveiled its latest collection of this year named 19Thirty. This set of fine looking timepiece has been inspired by the early 20th century period and symbolizes the Bovet’s successful transition from one world to the next.
The new 19Thirty Collection actually drew inspiration from the classic 1930s Bovet pocket watch. The new line is also significant as it is the brand’s first range of steel watches, which is an interesting turn for the Swiss brand which has been an ultra-exclusive and ultra-expensive provider of haute horlogerie.
The new line comes in two different cases, the Fleurier, with its crown and hinged bow at the 12 o’clock position, and the Dimier, which is more traditional, with the crown set at the 3 o’clock position and four lugs to affix the alligator leather strap. Both cases are crafted from stainless steel and each of them measures 42mm in diameter.
When it comes to the dial, it is available in blue, black or ivory color with Arabic, Roman or Chinese applique numerals. These newcomers feature a thousand little details and a fascinating interplay of symmetries.
The beating heart of these novelties is a brand new manually wound caliber 15BM04 which has been developed particulary to fit with the case of 19Thirty models. The new hand-wound mechanism oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour (3 Hz) and provides a power reserve of seven days while using just one mainspring. A totally symmetrical construction of the movement is also mirrored through the sapphire crystal case back with the power reserve display visible opposite the barrel.
The Swiss manufacturer Bovet has been manufacturing luxury watches for almost two centuries. The company was founded by Edouard Bovet in Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland and is now under the guidance of Pascal Raffy who is also at the helm of the Manufacture Dimier 1738.
Bovet currently builds around 3,000 timepieces per year. At the moment, there is no information about the exact amount of 19Thirty pieces which will be produced, but the talk of production increasing to 4,000 units per year suggests it will be issued in greater volumes than the manufacturer has done with all previous collections.
“I don’t want to produce more than 4,000 timepieces per year. You cannot do ‘luxury’ if you are producing 20,000 watches per year,” the president and owner of the company, Pascal Raffy, has recently said.
The retail price of the new Bovet 19Thirty timepiece is 16,800 Swiss francs which is approximately $17,500.