Rolls-Royce and Bovet: This timepiece is just insanely opulent!!
June 12, 2021

Rolls-Royce’s Boat Tail is rather out-of-this-world luxurious, a one-of-a-kind automobile that makes no concessions for cost or any attempt at understatement. So it makes sense then that Rolls would want to take its usual dash clock game to another level on the Boat Tail to match the rest of the vehicle.

That’s precisely what the automaker has done by partnering with the 199-year-old Swiss watch firm Bovet 1822. The two companies created a pair of highly intricate and unique timepieces that can not only be worn on the wrist but also be used as a desk clock or a pocket watch, but even more interestingly they can be placed in a titanium enclosure in the Boat Tail’s dashboard and used as the car’s clock. Underneath is a drawer to house the straps, as well as the second timepiece and the accompanying chains and pendants.

The his-and-hers watches feature 18 karat white gold cases with matching dials that feature the same Caleidolegno veneer featured on the rear deck of the Boat Tail. The gentlemen’s watch is polished, while the ladies’ is heavily engraved and highlighted in blue lacquer. Each timepiece bears the name of the vehicle owner to whom it belongs.

If that doesn’t sound elaborate enough, the reverse dials are also insanely detailed and heavily engraved. The gentleman’s watch features an aventurine dial with a depiction of the night sky on the night of his birth and the ladies watch features a miniature painting of a bouquet of flowers. Both get tiny sculptures of the Boat Tail as well.

In all, Bovet estimates the watches took 3,000 hours to complete. If that’s not enough Bovet 1822 had to undertake new vibration and crash safety tests with these two works of art to be certified for use in a vehicle. In addition, both automatic watches feature a staggering five-day power reserve to better suit their use in a vehicle.

The price of the timepiece, as with all things ultra-luxury is largely unknown, given that the Rolls-Royce’s Boat Tail is rumoured to set owners back around $15 million. Or is that $30 million?

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.