GPHG Mechanical Expection Prize: Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2

Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 2 received the “Mechanical Expectin Prize” as expected. Watch presented in the iconic sloped writing case that features Bovet’s patented double-sided flying tourbillon, a second-time zone with a twenty-four city disc, a precision moon phase while offering the chronometry of 5 days power reserve.

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The only similarity with Chapter 1 (Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter 1) is the asymmetrical case. Mr. Pascal Raffy and the development department of the House of Bovet have imagined a movement that justifies the use of the “writing slope” case entirely made of sapphire. The collector will discover the complexity of precious watchmaking mechanics from a new angle where the decorative arts illuminate the third dimension in a vision previously unexplored.

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 The slope of its bezel allows the collector to explore new display mechanisms that guarantee intuitive and increased readability. Concentric rollers, rotating domes, and three-dimensional needles were used to express time in new ways.

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Selected for its crystalline transparency, sapphire is, moreover, the second hardest material known after diamond and, a little known fact, it is lighter than titanium. This choice immediately revealed one of the major challenges faced by the technicians of brand. If sapphire cases have been known for almost forty years, their designs have remained relatively simple, because of the machining and polishing constraints due to the hardness of the material. Consequently, the case is made of a single piece with a diameter of 47.80 mm. The back is made up of a bezel and four horns machined from grade 5 titanium. The sapphire crystal case opens generously to display the movement which has many secrets to reveal.

The moon phases indicator is positioned at 9 o’clock and also displaed by a rotating dome. The surface of the lunar ground is engraved by hand before luminescent material is applied, also, by hand. The two circular windows which overhang the dome make it possible to read tThe two circular windows which overhang the dome make it possible to read the age of the moon according to the specific orientation of its crescent, whether one is in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere of the earth. The precision mechanism that drives this dome gives it an accuracy that requires a correction of one day every 127 years!

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Highlights

  • Patented Double-sided flying tourbillon.
  • 5 days power reserve.
  • Iconic slope case.
  • Moon phase indicator that requires a correction of one day every 127 years.