Purchasing four watches for the price of one sounds like a bargain too good to be true, yet it’s exactly what Bovet is offering with the Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar.
It’s far from being a cheap deal though because for one, the Swiss watchmaker sits at the pinnacle of haute horlogerie with their highly complicated and even more highly decorated watches. This perpetual calendar only cements their status as one of the industry’s finest, and challenges the way we look at wristwatches, pocket watches, and everything in between.
Outfitted with a perpetual calendar, one of watchmaking’s most prized complications, the elaborate timepiece highlights not only the day, date, and month, but also takes into account the leap year cycle.
Instead of one dial, however, the Virtuoso VII presents the option of two. The Virtuoso VII specialty caliber within is a hand-wound work of art that illustrates the house’s penchant for unparalleled chronometry. While one face showcases the day and month indicators alongside a retrograde calendar display, the other reveals the Côtes de Genève-finished movement in all its glory. Both sides display the hours, minutes, and seconds, so they’re functional either way.
But being double-faced isn’t the only virtue here. Being encased with the brand’s patented Amadéo case means that the reversible wristwatch can also be converted into a pocket watch, pendant watch and desk clock without any tools required.
The case comes in either an 18-karat white gold or 18-karat red gold, and in a choice of three dials — red or green guillloche, or blue with a circular brushed pattern. The guilloche versions exude a prismatic effect that’s reminiscent of 12 petals, inspired by the lotus flower that’s been the symbol of the Maison since almost two centuries ago.
The Bovet Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar in 18-karat white gold retails for 82,000 Swiss francs (S$120,800), while the 18-karat red gold version retails for 79,000 Swiss francs (S$116,400).