Monday 23 July 2018

Bovet's new watch... a combination of tradition and innovation

Bovet creates a Secret Beauty for charity

GENEVA, July 16, 2017

Bovet 1822 has produced a unique timepiece - Secret Beauty - specifically for the 7th edition of Only Watch charity event, to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Bovet's two centuries of supremacy in terms of watchmaking decorative arts are evident here in an interpretation that combines the expertise from an age-old tradition with innovation in the service of art, the watchmaker says.

Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique timepieces created by the finest brands to support  research on Duchenne Muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

Made from Grand Feu enamel or applied to a mother-of-pearl or lacquered base, Bovet 1822's miniature paintings have been enchanting collectors since the early 19th century. Consequently a miniature painting was chosen to personalise this timepiece. Numerous variations on the chosen theme – a Geisha – have adorned the backs or dials of Bovet timepieces since 1822. The version presented on this timepiece is, naturally, an expression that is entirely new. But it is above all the technique used to create it that lends the piece its prestige and uniqueness, it says.

A world first, the method is as unprecedented as it is luminous, entailing a combination of the traditional miniature painting technique with the application of layers of luminescent material. The work painted by the artist on the dial’s surface therefore becomes visible both by day and by night. But the virtuosity of Bovet 1822's artisans inspired them to take this approach even further.

Not content with glowing once night falls, the Geisha that adorns the dial literally undresses, her kimono disappearing as she lights up in the intimacy of the twilight.  The artist is thus creating two paintings simultaneously. The artisan is also faced with a new constraint, in that he must repeatedly move from a lit room to a dark one in order to gauge each step of his meticulous work, says the company.

By presenting this timepiece suffused with tradition and innovation, Bovet 1822 brings a new dimension to applied arts, creating an unprecedented connection between the centuries-old tradition of miniature painting and that of erotic watches.-TradeArabia News Service

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