The movement powering the Récital 12 was announced back in 2008 by the owner of Maison Bovet Fleurier, Pascal Raffy. It took the watchmakers of the DIMIER Manufacture five years to developed it. Specifically conceived and designed for the special features of different BOVET 1822 collections, this calibre has the ability to evolve and adapt to the type of indications it will be required to display.
The Virtuoso II, as this caliber is known, is making its debut with the Récital 12 “Monsieur DIMIER”. The off-centre dial allows us to admire parts of the movement: a bridge embellished with circular Côtes de Genève decorations, the gear-train, the oscillations of its balance, and a
transparent coaxial choreography supporting the triple seconds-hand characteristic of the collection.
The effective power-reserve is in fact largely in excess of 7 days, however the final hours dispensed by the mainspring are always prone to amplitude, as a result of which timekeeping deteriorates. Because the artisans of the Manufacture DIMIER 1738 allow no compromise, Pascal Raffy wished logically to indicate the remaining power-reserve during which the timepiece will tell the time with an accuracy worthy of its haute horlogerie credentials.
To compensate for their small size, the off-centre hours and minutes dial and the 120° segment of the seconds indicator were in need of improved legibility. It was decided to use black or white lacquered dials. Only artisanal lacquer work and unrivalled experience and know-how lend credence to the claim of luxury. Luxury which today is rare, since such a level of perfection requires above all much time and many operations before final polishing can reveal the true depth of finish.
The Récital 12 is available in 18-carat red or white gold cases, that measure 42 mm in diameter and 9.1 mm in height. They are limited to 150 pieces.