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Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 9:27am
by koimaster
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Often, avant-garde watch companies proffer delight with off-piste, ingenious horological concepts. Conversely, classically designed exemplars of haute horlogerie deliver a high quotient of visual appeal, pairing optimal proportions and traditional watchmaking craft. I have always placed Bovet in the latter category, until now.

The Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star combines a majestic case design, typical of the maison, but with a display which is very much outside my usual frame of reference. This is a surprising fact, bearing in mind that each year I see and touch literally hundreds of different watches. Quite simply, it is rare that I see a timepiece which is wholly new and resembles no other. The Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star is such a watch.

This timepiece is suffused with a plethora of complications, including a ‘hemispheric universal worldwide time’ and a ‘hemispheric precision moon phase’. These two rotating bodies, each resembling half a sphere, dominate the dial area and deliver an intriguing horological vista.

When I placed this watch upon my wrist, I entered a beguiling three dimensional world and soon became lost in a universe of flawless finissage and matchless mechanical creativity.

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Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 9:34am
by conjurer
I don't know about "off-piste", but this wartche makes me pissed off!!

Interestingly, I had to Google "off-piste". I predict this will enter the Watchlords Ironic Lexicon, just like colourways, bespoke, and covered wagon!

Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 9:51am
by foghorn
Better off -piste than piste-off.

Oh,and FTF'nW

Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 9:55am
by MKTheVintageBloke
I don't know if it's off-piste, but it's certainly off the trolley.

Ghastly.

FWIW, here's what Bovet used to be like, in times past:
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Pic from the internets

Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 11:18am
by JAS1125
koimaster wrote:When I placed this watch upon my wrist, I entered a beguiling three dimensional world and soon became lost in a universe of flawless finissage and matchless mechanical creativity.



Now THAT'S some fine-ass blogging!

Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 3:23pm
by artman
If one of the regions were "GUAM" I'd take out a mortgage on the condo and have at it. I can always dream.

Re: Bovet Récital 18 Shooting Star

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 3:26pm
by conjurer
artman wrote:If one of the regions were "GUAM" I'd take out a mortgage on the condo and have at it. I can always dream.


Hey, the Azores are right next door to you, ain't they??