It’s the watch industry’s most prestigious awards, and aptly enough one of the most complicated wristwatches ever made was a prominent winner. At the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève yesterday, Bovet’s Récital 22 Grand Récital was awarded its highest distinction, the Aiguille d’Or.
This is the first time that Bovet has won this prestigious award.
Now this is a rather incredible creation, built around a tellurium, an astronomical complication that shows the position of the earth with respect to the Moon and the Sun. The Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital is the third in a trilogy of astronomical watches.
This highly complicated watch was conceived by Bovet 1822 founder Pascal Raffy and holds five patents. Housing a mechanical movement made of nearly 50 individual components, the Recital 22 Grand Recital watch offers a real-time view of three key heavenly bodies. A patented double-sided one-minute flying tourbillon cage at 6:00 represents the sun. This complicated tourbillon rotates once every 60 seconds and so Bovet has chosen to affix the seconds hand the carriage wheel to indicate the seconds.
The Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital retails for $469,800