WOTY 2014: Bovet Recital 16

Highly Commended. Mechanical Watches of the Year 2014.

Even among the watches mentioned in these pages the Bovet Recital 16, from the brand’s Dimier collection, is a real horological tour de force. It’s a testament to the sheer complication of the Recital 16 that its suspended seven-day tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position is not the star of the show.

That honour goes to a triple time zone complication occupying the upper section of the dial. Local time is represented with central hour and minute hands with seconds indicated by three hands that track along a retrograde scale on the tourbillon.

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At the 3 and 9 o’clock are dials with hour and minute hands for the second and third time zones. Each is equipped with its own day/night dial in a ‘moonphase’ style as well as crystal dials indicating time zones via 24 cities worldwide. If all this were not enough the Recital 16 packs a full seven day power reserve. A truly breathtaking achievement.

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