That $215,000 you had stashed away for retirement or the kids education – wouldn’t it be better spent on a Bovet Dimier Recital 3? Think about it, a Bovet watch will still be attracting admiring glances when your kids have grown up and visit you only once in a blue moonphase.
Besides, you blow all your money on the kids’ education and yet there are plenty of over educated graduates flipping burgers these days. Do you really need to squander your nest egg on your son or daughter just for them to wear an apron that says ‘Do you wanna go large?’ It‘s far better to be utterly selfish and indulge yourself now. After an uncomfortable half hour your wife will come to her senses and congratulate you on your alternative investment strategy. And as for your kids, well, the reality is they’ll never give you so much as a brass farthing no matter how much they earn.
In all seriousness, the argument for a truly high end watch that grows in value year on year is being looked at increasingly seriously by wealthy watch connoisseurs. After all, it enables the investor to carry the price of a house or a top end sports vehicle on the wrist.
As for Bovet, there’s genuine passion and precision in every watch. Pascal Raffy, owner of the boutique sized Bovet brand, is a total perfectionist and urges all his highly skilled craftsmen to excel themselves. As he explains: “How can you expect to assemble a beautiful movement, if you aren’t obsessed by details?”
A Bovet does look different from every other high end watch and the free rein given to Bovet artisans is actually nothing new. It dates back 185 years to when Edouard Bovet made his first watches to display exotic European arts to the Chinese aristocracy.
Bovet – and owner Pascal Raffy, insist on only the finest materials and the rarest workmanship; domed dials in fired enamels, hands and screws blued by fire, or miniature paintings on mother-of-pearl. The Bovet range tends to focus on convertible wristwatch/pocket watch creations, while the Dimier range is more about traditional high end watch design. Each of the watches in the Recital collection is rendered from precious metals.
As for the Dimier Recital collection, many of the watches within it have a common set of features such as automatic winding, a tourbillon, and a power reserve indicator, although not necessarily contained within the same watch. To clear up any confusion, Bovet and Dimier are sister brands both owned by Pascal Raffy. Dimier was a movement manufacture Raffy bought to supply the Bovet brand and it grew from there.
Many of the Recital timepieces feature an open works design, with each gear and fitting highlighted and clearly shown. They also feature a tourbillon as a mark of superior watchmaking. The seconds are marked on the tourbillons. As for the rest of the watch, it remains uncomplicated, showing only the minutes, seconds, and power reserve indicator.
Bovet Dimier Recital 3 is available in three metals and is larger in size than Recitals 1 and 2 which preceded it. In fact at 48mm it’s perhaps a little larger than a traditional haute horology piece will normally go. In spite of this the dial size actually decreased from Recitals 1 and 2, but to compensate for this there is an easily legible world second time zone indicator included.
The calibre DT7-OM automatic movement from Dimier makes the Recital 3 an excellent watch for travelling. It features a second time zone that is linked to a disc listing city names for 24 time zones. The power reserve is a generous 7 days for the Bovet Dimier Recital 3. The power reserve indicator is located on the inside of the city selector disc. The Bovet Dimier Recital 3 is limited, as with all the Recital models, to just 50 pieces. At last count Dimier were up to Recital number 10. Each of them is worthy of attention.