Brainstorming: Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One

Looking back for some interesting models, consider the crystal-clear complexity of the Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One. After winning the prestigious Aiguille d'Or nomination at the Oscar Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve in 2018, what can a luxury Swiss watch brand do? Bovet decided not for a second to be satisfied with what has already been achieved and to release a new complex model the very next year. The watch combines several complications and a sapphire version of the brand's famous case shape, reminiscent of a beveled desk surface.

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Actually, the case, almost entirely made of transparent sapphire (except for the titanium inserts of the rear bezel and lugs), is the first thing that draws attention to this model. This material gives the watch attractive characteristics: it is the second hardest after diamond, and at the same time weighs less than titanium. The hand-wound caliber 17DM04-SMP is perfectly visible through the case, in accordance with the unusual shape of the watch, the movement also has a stepped architecture. The dial is shifted towards the flared part of the case, revealing a double-sided "floating" tourbillon - a patented invention of Bovet, first presented to the public in 2015.

The dial with gold hands, off-center, is crowned with a three-dimensional moon phase display, whose dome follows the curves of the dial. Two circular apertures represent the phase of the moon in two hemispheres using aventurine discs - thus it turns out to reproduce the appearance of a satellite in the night sky quite naturally. At the 8 o'clock position there is a date indicator, the sapphire disc of which is also open to the eye, like the entire caliber. Opposite it is the power reserve indicator, which is an impressive 10 days, despite the many complications that only one barrel supports.

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There are two types of dials available for this model: a hemisphere made of translucent blue quartz, providing a more complete view of the movement's operation; and an unusual propeller-like shape in black aluminum. The brand promised not only to add other design options for the watch dial in the future, but also to provide the ability to customize the "propeller-shaped" version - for example, to repeat the pattern of the discs of the buyer's favorite car. The model is attached to the wrist with an alligator leather strap with an 18K white gold buckle.

Despite the fact that this model was produced more than a year ago, it is still of great interest not only for fans of the brand, but also for all connoisseurs of fine watchmaking who love to watch the work of complex mechanisms. Buy Bovet watches This model is now quite difficult, but the range of our store often includes rare and collectible models that are no longer available in boutiques, so perhaps you will find in it the perfect watch to your taste.