This extraordinary timepiece expresses the best of BOVET 1822’s strengths: fusing incredible watchmaking artistry with technical advancement. Intricate engravings cover every surface of the VIRTUOSO VIII’s movement, which is driven by a highly covetable flying tourbillon. The Virtuoso VIII’s dials, in lavish ivory or black lacquer can be customized by BOVET 1822 artisans with hand-paintings according to a collector’s request, or opt for the stunning simplicity of a blue aventurine dial. This limited edition timepiece is strictly limited to 39 timepieces worldwide in red gold, 39 pieces in white gold, and platinum upon collector’s request.
What timepiece could be better suited to celebrating the 195th anniversary of BOVET than a Big Date Tourbillon? Beyond its subtle historic allusions, this Virtuoso VIII represents the very essence of the Fleurier Grandes Complications collection as defined by Pascal Raffy himself. So while the DIMIER Collection is designed to showcase the latest advances and innovations in development and technology, the Fleurier Grandes Complications Collection is dedicated to constantly elevating traditional artisanal watchmaking to new heights.
The Virtuoso VIII is, however, the first timepiece in the Fleurier Collection to reprise an inclined crystal aperture along the 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock axis, like the innovative case of the Récital 18 Shooting Star® presented in 2016 and that of this year’s Récital 20 Astérium®. This truly innovative concept creates new perspectives for caliber architecture, as well for the decoration and display of functions. The movement of this new ambassador for the collection also features a number of significant innovations, as well as three of the patents pioneered by the Braveheart® Tourbillon, which was initially presented in 2015. But above all, the Virtuoso VIII is the ultimate expression of the artisanal watchmaking tradition that has been upheld by BOVET since 1822.