We have been writing about the majestic and complex watches from independent brand Bovet for years. It is a brand we love for many reasons, including the visionary designs and the superb mechanical prowess and three-dimensional architecture. Today, we are happy to introduce the Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm(R) Chapter Two timepiece. In a nutshell, the complicated watch offers a double-face flying tourbillon (visible via the dial and case-back sides), world time with indexable second-time zone, moon phase, and five days’ power reserve.
Impressions of the Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two
Once again, the master artisans at Bovet offer some pretty unique architecture an technology. The case, of course, is the sloped writing desk shape that has become identifiable with the brand. Inside are multiple three-dimensional hand-finished disks and globes that command attention. Additionally, the watch is offered in several color versions, including blue quartz, green quartz and blue aventurine — all limited to 10 each — that make you feel like a kid in a candy store trying to decide which one you want.
What’s Inside the Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two
Inside the Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm(R) Chapter Two is the highly complex Caliber 17DM06-DT. The hand-wound movement offers a power reserve of 5 days. It is chocked with functions that naturally include the hours, minutes, and seconds on the tourbillon, a two-faced tourbillon, a three-dimensional moon phase indicator, world time with indexable second timezone with hemispherical city indicator.
Additionally, the watch has two patents, one for the Double face flying tourbillon and one for the Radial guidance mechanism system that is used in the Universal time display.
The Brainstorm Chapter Two was four years in the making. Thanks to the sloped sapphire case (that was first used in the 2019 release of the Brainstorm(R) Chapter One, the beauty of the movement can be viewed from all angles. It reveals the concentric rollers, rotating domes, and three-dimensional needles that express time. It also allows for greater appreciation of the mastery of fine artisanship.
A tour of the Bovet Brainstorm Chapter Two
The watch, while complicated, offers great readability. The hours and minutes are on a separate off-set dial. The seconds, as mentioned are on the tourbillon at 6:00, which makes a complete revolution ever y60 seconds. Two rotating domes at 3:00 and 9:00 display the time in a second zone and the moon phase indicator respectively.
The second time zone display, which has a patent, lists the world’s 24 cities on the rotating portion. A three-dimensional V-shaped needle allows the collector to select the displayed time zone. In addition to a second time zone display, this new system also offers the world time function to be read simultaneously.
The moon phase indicator is also displayed via a rotating dome. The surface of the moon is hand-engraved and then painted with luminescent material. The two windows that overhang the dome allow for reading of the moon’s phase in both the northern and southern hemispheres. It is so precise that it will only need a correction of one day every 127 years. A patented radial guidance system ensures that the two domes rotate as required.
Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter TwoTechnical Specifications
Versions: R26C2001, sapphire case, blue quartz dial; R26C2007, sapphire case, green quartz dial; R26C2010, sapphire case, blue Aventurine glass dial; bespoke also offered.
Limited Edition :60 movements / including 30 sapphire cases, only (in limited editions of 10 timepieces for each color dial)
Case: Dimier « writing desk » case, 47.80 mm, Sapphire with titanium lugs and case-back
Strap: Double face full skin alligator with platinum thread stitching 18K white gold folding buckle
Water resistant: 30m
MOVEMENT: 17DM06-DT Hand-wound movement 39 mm (17 1/4’’’)21,600V/h, power reserve of 5 days
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds on the tourbillon, three-dimensional moon phase indicator,
World time with indexable second timezone with hemispherical city indicator
Warranty: 5 years
Patents: Double face flying tourbillon; Radial guidance mechanism system Universal time display