Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart®: Two faces of timekeeping perfection

— Take a look at the complicated case and dial that surround the high-performance movement of the Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart®.

Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart®


As we mentioned in the first part of this review, one of the six patents covering this masterpiece is the convertible Amadeo® case system, which allows you to transform the replica watches UK from a wristwatch into a pocket watch or even a desk clock. One of the peculiarities of this case is that it allows the Swiss replica watches to have a dial with the hour, minute and seconds indications on both sides. As a result, the owner faces a difficult choice between two equally appealing faces.

The first has an hour and minute subdial in the upper half of the dial, with a large aperture in the 12 o’clock position that shows off the patented spherical differential that cuts the winding time in half. Three slender blued hands mounted on the tourbillon’s central axis count off the seconds in 20-second increments around a 120-degree arc in the centre of the dial. In the middle of this scale, on the central axis of the movement, a separate hand points to the remaining power reserve on a scale that is metallised into the sapphire crystal.

The second face offers a slightly smaller subdial in the upper half, indicating only the hours, above which is a separate 120-degree arc with a retrograde pointer that displays the minutes. The only similarity with the other side is the sectorial seconds indicator, which is in the same position but read off against the three arms of the tourbillon carriage. The tourbillon remains clearly visible and, as with all Bovet timepieces, undisturbed in its rotation, with the gaze distracted only by the beautiful hand engraving on the movement bridges.

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The two faces of the Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart®.
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But the bridges are just the most visible testament to the craftsman’s touch. Every single one of the 722 movement components passes through the hands of the brand’s artisans to be chamfered, bevelled or polished. Simply rounding and polishing the curved arms of the tourbillon bridge alone can take up to two days of work.

For those who wish to complement the personalization of the artisan’s engraving with their own touch of distinction, Bovet can produce the reversed-hand dial in a variety of precious materials or even with a miniature painting. All of the case surfaces, can, of course, be set with precious stones. Bovet’s owner, Mr Pascal Raffy, wanted to push things further, however, and insisted on offering the possibility of setting the inside of the case, specifically both flanges and the inside of the case band. Fully paved in this way, the piece accommodates 14 carats of stones and costs in excess of 1 million Swiss francs. Without the precious stones the price is only slightly less eye-watering, with the Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart® available from 440,000 Swiss francs as a limited edition of 30 pieces each in 18-carat red or white gold and 20 pieces in platinum.

Bovet 1822 Récital 17

The Récital 17 is the third timepiece in the Dimier Collection to be powered by the Virtuoso II best replica watchmaking specialties caliber. With the Récital 12 and Récital 15, this new movement has already demonstrated carefully considered versatility without the slightest sacrifice in terms of quality, reliability, esthetics or emotion, regardless of the complications it powers. The Récital 17 is another fine example, presenting new facets in the form of three time zones and a high-precision moon phase that indicates the current phase of the lunar cycle in both hemispheres.

The Récital 17 unmistakably belongs to the Dimier Collection. It offers all of the characteristic features of this collection: the crown at 3 o’Clock, the four traditionally stepped lugs and a modern openwork dial revealing the complexity of the different mechanisms, their precision and the care devoted to their decoration. The collection expresses the full extent of the talent and passion of the Manufacture Dimier 1738 Artisans.

The Récital 17 presents three time zones. Logically, the local time occupies the central position, which allows the time to be read intuitively. The two other time zones appear at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Each displays a time zone chosen from the 24 existing zones. The indication of the hours and minutes is completed by a day/night disk and a 24-city indicator corresponding to the 24 time zones. The Récital 17’s extraordinary openwork dial adds to the timepiece’s strong personality and demonstrates the brilliance of its dial-makers. Firstly, the micro mechanics (technicians) must incorporate a cheap Rolex replica watches level of finish that meets the final esthetic criteria while mastering the mechanical constraints and delicacy required by its skeleton structure and its thinness. This is followed by numerous decorative operations, electroplating and positioning of inserts and appliqués, each more delicate than the last, where any lapse in concentration jeopardizes many hours of work. The secondary time zone dials – unmistakably present while in no way detracting from the sumptuous mechanics of the Virtuoso II caliber – are directly incorporated into the timepiece and can be read clearly against an insert that is either lacquered, guilloché or cut from precious mother-of-pearl according to the collector’s preference.

This triple time zone is judiciously complemented by a double moon phase which simultaneously indicates the current phase of the lunar cycle in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The two opposing apertures are linked by a sumptuous compass rose directly machined into the base of the dial. The specific angle created by the position of the new replica watches uk two apertures corresponds to the Earth’s axial tilt with respect to the equator, which itself determines the boundary between the contrasting lunar cycles of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Needless to say, this is a high-precision lunar mechanism, requiring a correction of just one day every 128 years!

In keeping with the Dimier Collection tradition, the Récital 17 features a sapphire case back allowing both sides of the cheap replica watches uk movement to be admired. It reveals the well-known face of the Virtuoso II caliber and in particular its power reserve indicator displaying seven days of autonomy, as well as the triple seconds hand of the caliber’s iconic mechanics.

Distinctive and innovative, Récital 17 meets the requirements of each and every collector, whatever his profession, as the communication methods and mobility that characterize the 21st century call for constant interaction with the entire world. The reliability of its mechanisms, rigorously tried and tested, and the lawless chronometry guaranteed by the balance spring manufactured by the Dimier 1738 artisans make the Récital 17 a timepiece that once again expresses Bovet 1822’s cultivation of the art of being unique.

Classics in the offing at Baselworld

With the countdown to the Basel watch and jewellery show underway, certain brands have already lifted a corner of the veil on the products they’ll be launching there. As already seen at this year‘s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie,best replica watchmakers are revising their classics.

Two-handers, three-handers, chronos with two counters, 1960s even 1980s styles are all the rage. Together with smaller sizes, watchmakers are reviving the hallmarks of a classic design. Timepieces, right down to sport watches, are eschewing the extraneous in favour of elegance, although some still find inspiration outside the box. Either way, certain values never go out of style.

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date

A large date makes its debut in the Villeret collection, with optimal readability guaranteed by two large date windows. Inside beats the Blancpain 6950 automatic calibre with twin barrel, variable-inertia balance, silicon balance spring and gold adjusting screws. With its gentle curves and opaline dial, the Villeret Grande Date gives new expression to the time-honoured values of traditional luxury replica watchmaking.

Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic

The Breitling Colt was first designed for the armed forces when it was launched in the 1980s, but soon won over a wider audience with its sturdiness, functionality and readability. This entry-level replica watches uk sale now comes in a chronograph version with a COSC-certified automatic movement. Boasting a 44mm polished steel case, water-resistance of 200 metres, a screw-lock crown with protective reinforcements and a unidirectional rotating bezel, this Colt is ready for action.

Chopard Qualité Fleurier

Qualité Fleurier is the most demanding of all cheap replica watches uk certifications as it combines COSC, Chronofiable and Fleuritest trials. This new model, which has been developed, manufactured and assembled entirely at Chopard’s second site in Fleurier, once again demonstrates the brand’s expertise in precision timekeeping. Driven by the L.U.C 96-09-L automatic calibre featuring Chopard’s exclusive “Twin” technology stacked barrels for a power reserve of 65 hours, the Chopard Qualité Fleurier is already a true classic.

Girard-Perregaux 1966

Elegance and timeless beauty define the 1966 collection from Girard-Perregaux, both essential qualities of any classic Omega replica watches. Two new models join the range this year. Their delicately rounded dials are embellished with a concentric guillochage of twelve segments radiating from the centre, with baton hour-markers swept by leaf-shaped hands. Beneath the dial, the GP 03300 automatic movement stands 3.20mm high and beats at 28,800 vibrations/hour. A lesson in refinement.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic

Hublot celebrates the third year of its partnership with the automaker from Maranello with the launch of two “racing” versions of its Big Bang Ferrari, both in 45mm ceramic cases. The grey version borrows the colours of the North America Racing Team livery. The aerodynamic dial, featuring Ferrari’s iconic prancing horse as well as the minute counter, allows a glimpse of Hublot’s Unico manufacture movement. You can almost hear the engines roar.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat

As the brand reminds us, deadbeat seconds were created during the Enlightenment, when Pierre Jaquet-Droz was making fake watches uk. The seconds hand no longer sweeps the dial but instead progresses in jumps, allowing each second to be counted. This new model gives pride of place to this complication, with the centre of the dial entirely given over to the seconds hand. Hours, minutes and a retrograde date complete the picture. All these indications are powered by the new 2695SMR automatic calibre with silicon balance spring.

JeanRichard Terrascope 39 mm

Inspiration comes out of the blue for JeanRichard, as the brand introduces a 39mm version of its Terrascope, recognisable by its cushion case with round opening, featuring a structured blue dial and a matching ostrich leather strap. Driven by the 28,800 vibrations per hour of the JR60 automatic calibre, developed on an ETA base, here’s a replica watches online that no longer forces us to choose between sportiness and elegance.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

James Bond returns in Spectre, the latest instalment in the most famous film saga ever and, to mark the event, Omega is launching a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M that is embossed with the family coat of arms of Her Majesty’s most distinguished spy. The dial is inscribed 15’007, a nod at the Master Co-Axial calibres which offer protection against magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. This latest exploit from Omega has given rise to a new certification.

Speake-Marin Velsheda

Named after the J-Class superyacht, built in the 1930s and still racing today, Speake-Marin’s Velsheda is a tribute to the world of sailing. Housed inside a Piccadilly case, suggestive of early marine chronometers, the eye is drawn to the single hand that moves across the five-minute graduated dial, emphasising the watch’s compass aesthetic. The new replica watches uk is driven by the Vaucher 3022 automatic calibre with its 28,800 vibrations per hour and 50 hours of power reserve.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph

TAG Heuer took inspiration for this model from one of the brand’s icons, namely the first chronograph which Jack Heuer designed back in the 1960s especially for racing drivers. As the brand says, “It’s all there”: the original Panda effect dial thanks to two anthracite counters on a silver-toned dial, robustness, functionality, a spherical sapphire crystal, even the historical Heuer logo. The telemeter scale on the inner bezel ring completes this Carrera, whose Spanish name appropriately translates as “top-level competition”.

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork: 5 Things to Know

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork combines expertise in several arts to create an amazingly detailed and realistic automaton with minute repeater. This new model also features a clear sapphire dial that reveals the complex mechanism behind the moving parts. Here are five things you need to know about this new timepiece.

The namesake of the Jaquet Droz replica watches uk for sale brand, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, was an 18th century Swiss watchmaker who was known for creating outstanding examples of what some today might call very early robots. Known as automata, these figures took various forms, including human and animal, and they came in various sizes, from tiny miniatures to life-size. Exceptionally complex machinery caused the figures to perform a variety of tasks, including playing musical instruments, writing, and drawing. Jaquet-Droz was a master of this art, and he often included animatronic birds in famous table clocks, pocketwatches, and music boxes. The Bird Repeater Openwork is a remarkable tribute to Jaquet-Droz from the company that bears his name. Here are five things you should know about it.

1. The Animation

Triggering the mechanism brings the three-dimensional figures to life. One of the adult birds bobs down, offering a beakful of food to a fledgling. The other adult spreads its wings, revealing an array of colored feathers. At the same time, the egg opens to reveal a chick, and the waterfall flows in a new replica watches uk continuous cascade. In all, the movement animates eight distinct and synchronized animations: the movement of the birds’ heads and wings, the movement of the fledglings, the hatching of the egg and the waterfall.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

2. A Transparent Dial

This new interpretation of the original Bird Repeater, created in 2012, appears to have no dial, but in fact the dial is clear sapphire. This construction has two effects. It naturally opens the complex mechanism behind the automata, allowing the owner to appreciate the best replica watches uk movement’s complexity and craftsmanship. Because the movement components are black, anthracite and gray, the colorful animations clearly stand out, again enhancing the viewing pleasure.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

3. The Minute Repeater

Standing alone, the animated display is a masterwork sure to impress any aficionado, yet Jaquet Droz does not stop there. The Montblanc replica watches store slide also activates a minute repeater, one of the most difficult haute horlogerie complications to master. The mechanism strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes as the birds perform their graceful ballet. The repeater’s chimes are produced by a cathedral gong that circles the movement twice, resulting in pleasing, resonant tones.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

4. An Objet d’art

The actions already described are impressive, but a full appreciation of the craftsmanship this piece embodies requires a closer look. The representation of the birds is realistic down to the fake watches uk smallest detail. The birds are anatomically accurate, from the forms of the bodies to the feathers, and even the tiny beaks and eyes. The details and the vivid colors showcase the work of the Jaquet Droz painters and engravers most impressively in the birds’ finely rendered plumage.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

5. A Modern Interpretation

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork is presented in a streamlined, contemporary case, fashioned from solid 18k white gold. The overall dimensions are 47 mm in diameter and 18.4 mm in height. The genuine replica watches sale manually wound movement is Caliber RMA 88. It runs at a classic 18,000 vph in 69 jewels for 48 hours on a single wind. The black alligator strap with alligator lining is hand-made with rolled edges and is secured with an 18k-white-gold folding clasp.