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Bovet and Pininfarina modernise skeletonisation for Aperto 1 watch

Bovet owner challenges design team to reinterpret old school skeletonisation for the modern age.

Bovet’s partnership with Pininfarina dates back to 2010 when Pascal Raffy, who had owned the Geneva watchmaker since 2001, met Paolo Pininfarina, the chairman of Pininfarina.

They hit it off immediately thanks to their shared love for design and fine mechanical items.

Over the past 13 years, the businesses have collaborated on several timepieces including the Bovet Cambiano, Sergio, Ottanta, and Ottantasei.

This year’s contribution from the partnership is the Aperto 1, a watch with a fully skeletonised movement.

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Aperto, Italian for ‘open’ was the guiding principal for the watch, with Mr Raffy challenging the Bovet and Pininfarina teams to come up with a modern interpretation of skeletonisation that exposed the movement from every angle.

He also wanted it to be beautiful and easy to wear, which led to the combination of a 42mm case in grade 5 titanium and sapphire crystal.

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The Aperto 1 uses a brand-new hand-wound manufacture movement with seven day power reserve.

Bovet says its components are all made in-house and require 10 hours of finishing using PVD or CVD coating, bead-blasting, graining of the flanks, polishing of the bevels, polishing of stone gouges and screws, perlage, circular Côtes de Genève polishing and anglage.

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“I’m very excited about this vibrant, young timepiece. The Aperto 1 embodies Bovet’s and Pininfarina’s passion for contemporary and futuristic design in mechanically exceptional timepieces,” Mr Raffy says.

“It exudes a new, modern design language, new colours, and new materials. We believe the Aperto 1 will not only captivate watch enthusiasts but also ignite the imagination of those who dare to dream and are willing to push boundaries,” he adds.

There are two references, one with blue accents, the other with yellow.

Price is on application.

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