Bovet and Pininfarina team up once again for a new collaboration, the Flying Touribllon OttantaSei. Following on the success of the Sergio, Ottantadue and Cambiano, the OttantaSei continues the reign of innovation at Bovet.
Under the guidance of owner Pascal Raffy, Bovet acquired Manufacture Dimier 1738 in 2006 and immediately began producing the Maison’s movements, hairsprings and dials in-house. His passion for haute horlogerie also led to the introduction of the Amadeo® Fleurier convertible case system, which draws inspiration from the exquisite 19th century pocket watches produced by Bovet for China.
Combining an avant-garde design with innovative technical feats, the triple-patented Tourbillon Ottantasei was planned around a detailed series of specifications. The word “light” with its dual connotations of luminosity and limited weight, was the watchword for every stage in the development of the project.
To create maximum light and transparency, the upper and lower crystals have specific and complex forms. Two long side crystals enclose the case and embrace the profile of the middle. The accurate machining and delicate metallization of the sapphire crystals provide superb views of the movement, while the touch of the elegance synonymous with both Houses is present through the laser-engraved words ‘Pininfarina’ and ‘limited edition’ on the inner concave surfaces of these sapphire crystal walls.
Looking at the incredible movement, it is obvious Bovet concentrated on the principles of light and transparency. Three distinct circles outline the movement’s organs and vital functions with balance and harmony. The eye looks at the single barrel and its power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock.
The watch premiered at the Pininfarina headquarters in Cambiano, Italy, with Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet 1822 and Dimier 1738, joined by Paolo Pininfarina, chairman of Pininfarina. Guests had the opportunity to meet with the artisans from the two Houses and observe them work.