Bovet Debuts with Ornate and Class at SIHH 2019

SIHH FReshman Bovet adds ornate sophistication to the event

Here’s a look at the watchmaking maisons who showcased at the renown watch trade show Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) this year from the 14th to the 17th January 2019. We’ve picked the showstoppers at the event and here is the next on our list — the Bovet Virtuoso IX.

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Bovet is a newcomer to SIHH, but not to watchmaking. Founded in 1822, the maison has a rich history of pocket watches—still referenced today in its large, ornate, complicated and classically-styled timepieces, as well as the patented Amadeo system. This is a case design that allows a quick and seamless conversion between wristwatch, pocket watch, and table clock.

The Virtuoso IX (CHF240,000 for the red gold case) is an expression of this tradition-fuelled philosophy. Its 46.3mm diameter allows an expansive blue finque engraved dial, housing several complications including a flying tourbillon. The time indication is split across a central minute hand and offset hours subdial. There is also a 24-hour second time zone subdial with city indicator, as well as a large date and meter to keep track of the 10-day power reserve. The watch can also be flipped over, exposing the lavishly decorated movement, including engraved, chiselled blue bridges—and another hour and minute hand, so its owner can admire the movement while still keeping track of the time.


SIHH 2019 Recap

The 29th edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) was another record-breaking one, counting 23,000 visitors over its four days. Geneva’s Palexpo convention centre was packed not only with people, but the latest about to be unleashed on the horological world from the 35 participating brands.

There were quite a few new beginnings and surprises. Ulysse Nardin reworked the iconic Freak, and Bovet’s debut introduced the fair to its historical pocket watch heritage. Vacheron Constantin and Hermes surprised with some truly innovative watchmaking, while Panerai showcased new limited editions that come with adventurous experiences attached. On their last appearances at SIHH, both Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille unveiled new collections—the former surprising with distinct and deliberate design, while the latter with a completely unexpected candy-themed range. 

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