On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Bouvet’s founder, Edward Bouvet, a watchmaker from Florida, Switzerland, celebrated the 200th anniversary of Bouvet’s watch company in London. It is believed that the founder was an avid traveler and sold four intricate watches during his travels in China, each worth more than 1 million. Because of this remarkable history, BOVET House Integral to travel. House’s collection is complete with a number of double-, triple- and world-time timepieces, all of which have been hugely successful with collectors worldwide over the past 20 years. To celebrate the company’s bicentennial, Bowet has launched a timepiece like New Orbis Mundi. This new timepiece shows all 24 time zones at a glance which can be fully adjusted with its iconic real-sapphire-cabochon-topped crown.
Bovet was not a company that turned away from the test. In the recent past, Bovet’s Aiguille d’Or-winning Resit 22 Grand Resital complex from 2018 has been a perpetual calendar and a telltale-style world time display. In 2020, Bovet Récital took Chapter Two, an award-winning timepiece in the 2020 GPHG for ‘Mechanical Exceptions’, featuring a universal time sub-dial in three, to take multiple time zone displays one step further. After two years of fine development, the company has revealed another surprise – the in-house caliber 15BM01HU.
Orbis Mundi, Latin for ‘World’, comes in a 42mm grade 5 titanium or 18k red gold case. A slightly domed Aventurine glass covers the dial. World time displays are centered around the clock, surrounded by 24-hour rings in Arabic numerals. A local time display of 12 Roman numerals is in the final ring. Hours and minutes will be set when the crown is counterclockwise, and when it is counterclockwise, the unique 24 World Time Zone dial will be set. The fourth wheel is visible from the large cut-out at the traditional six, its three-armed second hand and the 20-second mark under the watch face. The power reserve indicator is located at three, highlighting an incredible and beneficial seven-day power reserve with a single barrel running at 3 Hz that uses all 246 components together. Exquisitely finished, the Orbis Mundi is the epitome of its ease of use and the iconic Flurier case, a true symbol of two centuries of watchmaking excellence. The watch boasts a slim profile of 11.25mm, which gives the wearer the best comfort.
The screw-down back sapphire glass allows collectors to appreciate every detail of this finely finished manual-wind manufacturing movement, polished, angled and decorated with high complexity of the House of BOVET.