Bovet has won the best astronomical timepiece award at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) for its Récital 20 Astérium.
The watch is inspired by the travels of Edouard Bovet, founder of Bovet more than 200 years ago, and created by the company’s current owner Pascal Raffy and his team.
“My thanks go to the GPHG, the Jury, and the Academy for this honour, but first and foremost my heartfelt appreciation and respect to my extraordinary team at Bovet, artisans all, without whom none of our achievements would be possible” says Mr Raffy.
Astronomical watches are among the most complicated horological creations.
The Astérium, which comes in Bovet’s signature writing slope desk-shaped case, features a night sky map of the stars and constellations, which are laser-engraved and then filled with Super-LumiNova on a dome of translucent blue quartz dial.
Complications and features include a sidereal calendar, retrograde minutes, annual calendar, hemispherical precision moon phase, Zodiac signs and the solstices and equinoxes,10-days of power reserve, a patented double face flying tourbillon and moon phase and power reserve domes.