Bovet 1822 unveils its all new Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar Watch. Based on the brand’s Amadeo convertible case concept that first was unveiled to the world five years ago in 2010, this new double-sided timepiece can be transformed from a wristwatch (with either side showing) to a pocket watch, a pendant watch, a reversed timepiece or a desk clock without the use of a single tool. Both sides of the watch offer the hours, minutes and seconds in addition to other functions. In addition to the timekeeping dial and the power reserve indicator, one side of the impressive 43.3mm watch also displays one of the most sought-after complications today: the perpetual calendar.
This useful tool offers day, date, month and leap year cycle, with a mechanism so accurate that Bovet 1822 claims that it requires no adjustments for 400 years.
On the side with the perpetual calendar indications, instead of the calendar information taking center stage on the dial, the hours and minutes are displayed on the central dial. The perpetual calendar indications are then read off of large sapphire disks surrounding that center time dial.
The names of the days and months are printed in either black or white on the outlying sapphire disks for easy legibility.
The retrograde calendar hand sits beneath the hours and minutes dial so that only the arrow pointing to the date is visible. Opposite that date indication that lies at 6:00, the leap year disk sits harmoniously balanced at 12:00.
The reverse dial of the Virtuoso VII features the hours and minutes dial off-centered at 12 o’clock. The patented seconds mechanism displays the seconds on the same axis and on both sides of the movement.
Four versions of the new watch are being unveiled, ranging from $79,000 in 18-karat rose gold to $92,000 in 18-karat white gold with a diamond-set bezel.