Bovet Récital 20 Astérium Watch Hands-On

Bovet Récital 20 Astérium Watch Hands-On

Bovet is a brand that I feel has been neglected by numerous and doesn’t get the acknowledgment that it merits. As a matter of fact, their plans can be disruptive, however it is difficult to deny the specialized ability behind them. At SIHH 2017 recently, Bovet delivered one more super-complicated piece called the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium . In spite of the fact that the watch may look complex, its complexity really conceals reasonable complications.

All pictures by David Bredan

The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium is accessible in red gold, white gold, and platinum. The case is huge, estimating 46mm across and 18.3mm in tallness. It is a major watch and one that has bunches of wrist presence, yet what’s truly intriguing about the case is that it is wedge-formed. It is thicker at 12 o’clock and tightens at 6 o’clock. The purpose behind this is to accommodate the development, which has a terraced design, a quality that you rarely find in watches. The far reaching sapphire gem is additionally vigorously domed to give space to the exceptional development architecture.


During initial introductions, the Récital 20 Astérium looks forcing and complicated. The dial is occupied and there are tons of subtleties, markers, and presentations. However, it is very simple to peruse and reasonably spread out once you realize what’s going on with everything. On the dial side at 12 o’clock, you have a huge domed piece of straightforward quartz that shows the heavenly bodies. The watch can be altered to show groups of stars in the northern or southern half of the globe, and the heavenly bodies are laser engraved and afterward loaded up with Super-LumiNova to help readability around evening time. Under, there is a plate on which the hours are printed. At last, you have an enormous hour hand in white that is extraordinarily formed to perform three capacities: demonstrate the time, point north, and show the obvious part of the night sky. Friend closer still and you will discover a month circle that moves the star grouping show as the year passes, demonstrating how the situation of the heavenly body is influenced constantly in a year.

Flanking the hours and group of stars show are more markers. To one side, you have a retrograde minutes show and a tactful force hold marker. To one side, you have the condition of time marker and the moon stage display.

At 6 o’clock, there is Bovet’s particular twofold face tourbillon, which utilizes a detailed development comprising of two degrees of extensions and columns to make the hallucination of the tourbillon coasting in mid-air. The final product is very dazzling. The tourbillon makes a transformation consistently and there is a marker directly over the tourbillon confine that permits proprietors to peruse the seconds at 20-second intervals.


If you thought the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium was noteworthy on the dial side, stand by till you see its rear. The rear of the watch highlights what Bovet calls a yearly schedule yet it really follows the sidereal year. What it truly does is track the timeframe it takes for the Earth to complete a solitary upset when estimated against fixed stars. Hence, the single focal hand requires 365.25 days to complete an upheaval on the rear of the watch. What’s more, as it ventures, it focuses to the season, solstice, equinox, zodiac, and month signs that are set apart on the extensive sapphire crystal.

Look closer through the sapphire precious stone and you can see the profoundly finished Caliber 17DM02-SKY. It includes a solitary fountainhead but since the development is so effective and furthermore on the grounds that the equilibrium beats at a relaxed 2.5Hz, the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium has a long force hold of 10 days or 720 hours.

It abandons saying that the Caliber 17DM02-SKY is fastidiously wrapped up. A novel sort of completing that they use is a type of etching called bris de verre, which freely means “broken glass.” This gives surfaces a finished sparkling look that carefully takes after the tremblage etching found on A. Lange & Söhne’s ‘Handwerkskunst’ pieces.

Elsewhere, we have the typical arrangement of haute horology getting done with including hand-inclined extensions and plates, cleaned screw heads, cleaned gem subsets, dark clean, reflect clean, and silk wraps up. Combined with the extraordinary terraced design of the development, the Caliber 17DM02-SKY is perhaps the most outwardly dazzling developments I have ever seen.

So as should be obvious, despite the fact that the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium looks exceptionally complicated, it is entirely simple to peruse once you understand what you are taking a gander at. Indeed, I would even contend that the Récital 20 Astérium bodes well particularly for people who are into space science. The just hindrance is its sticker price. Just 60 bits of the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium will be made and costs start at $350,000. bovet.com