Bovet watches typically radiate an old-world sense of ostentatious ornamentation. This is still true of the Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One (SFr295,000/RM1.24 million and limited to 60 pieces) but with a modern, transparent twist. The 48mm case is crafted entirely out of sapphire, mounted on a titanium bezel and lugs, and is sloped in Bovet’s signature ‘writing desk’ shape.
The see-through case allows an unfettered look at the movement within, and there is a fair bit to admire. At 12 o’clock is a hemispherical moonphase indicator, complete with engraved and lumed lunar surface. Hours and minutes are indicated by a dramatically curved dial, available in blue quartz or spoked aluminium. This is flanked by a big date display at 9 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. At 6 o’clock sits the double-face flying tourbillon, and the hand-wound movement has an impressive 10-day power reserve. It is also subtly anchored to the case back, giving an illusion that it floats in the middle of the case.
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Despite contemporary accents such as the transparent date disc, the black bridges visible through the back—and the sapphire case, of course—there is a lavishness to the impeccably finished Recital 26 that exudes traditional opulence.