A very rare, fine, and sporty limited-edition blackened titanium 10-day going tourbillon wristwatch of the Swiss watch brand Bovet 1822, originally founded in 1822, and revived by Thierry Oulevay and Roger Guye, entrepreneurs, in 1994. Limited edition launched in 2016 in a collaboration with Pininfarina, an Italian car design company. Case made of titanium with black DLC-coating, diameter 44mm, 12mm thick, sapphire caseback, two semi-circular sapphire glasses on a caseband. Open-worked dial with circularly brushed blue chapter ring and power-reserve sub-dial, luminous hands. Caliber 17BM03, hand-wound, skeletonized with dark-grey-finished parts, double-sided flying tourbillon, spherical differential remontoir system, power reserve up to 10 days. Functions – indication of time in hours and minutes on a sun-dial at 2 o’clock, power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock, tourbillon. Bovet black rubber strap with blue Alcantara lining, Bovet titanium double folding clasp. Limited edition of 86 pieces.
Wristwatches with a case in the shape of a traditional open-face pocket watch, so that the bow of the case with the crown mounted in it is made as a strap attachment is a brand feature that was a big part of the success in reviving Bovet Fleurier by Thierry Oulevay and Roger Guye in the late 1990s. In 2001, the brand was acquired by businessman Pascal Raffy, who retained this feature and, in particular, successfully modified it for sports watches, such as the present example.
The design of Pininfarina OttantaSei was made in 2016, the year of the 86th anniversary of Pininfarina, an Italian car designers, in collaboration with them, and therefore certainly stands out from the rest of the brand’s collection, more associated with classicism and baroque styles. The technical design style of the Pininfarina OttantaSei is especially evident in this watch, which features a dark grey color scheme with blue, red and luminescent accents. The skeletonization of the movement is also consistent with this concept, with a noticeable predominance of straight and circular shapes, the matte textured finish of the caliber parts on the dial side, as well as the bridge of the motion-work with côtes de Genève and the barrel bridge with clous de Paris guilloché pattern on the rear side. The case is also produced as a skeletonized object, since its sides are machined for semi-circular sapphire crystals, opening a movement to the light.
Bovet announced that the production of caliber 17BM03 would be limited strictly to 86 pieces, therefore, the release of all varieties of Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon does not exceed this limit.
A connoisseur of haute horlogerie should be aware of the three technical features of the 17BM03 caliber, which make this watch a one of a kind development. First of all, it is a double-sided flying tourbillon with an unusual balanced layout (a patented invention of Bovet), with a landing on the bridge in the middle of the tourbillon. Also of note is a 10-day barrel with a power reserve indicator of the Breguet type, which is based on the vertically shifting cone linked to the barrel, and an unusual 3D remontoire with a spherical differential (also a Bovet patent).
Bovet announced that the production of caliber 17BM03 would be limited strictly to 86 pieces, therefore, the release of all varieties of Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon does not exceed this limit. That includes all four case styles which were available, in 18k red gold, in titanium, in black DLC-coated titanium (the present example), and in blue coated titanium. Two sub-dial colors were also offered: lacquered white or circularly brushed dark blue.
Reasons to bid
The Bovet 1822 Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Limited Edition Ref. TPINS006-26 would appear to be an excellent purchase for the collector who desires a very rare, fine, and sporty limited-edition blackened titanium 10-day going tourbillon wristwatch from a world-famous brand, which celebrates its bicentennial this year. This reference is significant as an important technical development, combining Bovet’s patented inventions, including the especially notable double-sided flying tourbillon design, which makes the present lot even more desirable.