Паскаль Раффи, владелец марки Bovet, решил посвятить свою новую коллекцию (вторая половина 2015 года) тридцатым годам прошлого столетия, чтобы выявить сполна суть, легитимность и генезис того времени. Именно в 30-х произошла настоящая революция в часовом искусстве, когда большинство моделей как бы перекочевали из карманов на запястья руки. Это была подлинная революция в то время.
BOVET Unveils New 19 Thirty Collection
New 2015 BOVET Collection Draws Inspiration
From Classic 1930s Pocket Watch
New York, NY (September 24, 2015) - Much more than a new model, Pascal Raffy, owner of BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738, has decided to unveil an entire new collection for the second half of 2015. To understand its substance, legitimacy and genesis, we invite you to embark on a journey back in time.
It is in the 20th century – during the 1930s, to be precise – that watchmaking witnessed one of the most significant turning points in its history: watches overwhelmingly migrated from pockets to wrists. Although from today’s perspective, this seems like a natural evolution for watchmaking, it constituted a genuine revolution at the time. With their new ergonomics, wristwatches provided more freedom and new uses which, in turn, gave rise to new functions. This marked the beginning of specialized watches specifically designed to meet new, more demanding needs. Watchmakers thus found themselves faced with a multitude of new constraints. The movements they manufactured now needed to be more precise and their dimensions reduced. Linked to this development, steel, which was enjoying a boom, became a firm favorite for fashioning cases thanks to the many advantages afforded by its mechanical properties and resistance.
No other watchmaker symbolizes this transitional decade better than BOVET 1822, whose solid reputation for wrist-worn chronographs came to equal its 19th century renown for pocket watches. A genuine symbol of this evolution, the exclusive design of the iconic Fleurier case now makes it possible to wear a pocket watch on the wrist.
An entire collection has thus been created in tribute to this major milestone in watchmaking history. To define the latter, Pascal Raffy was inspired by the aesthetic codes of a 1930s BOVET timepiece from his private collection: the “easel” chronometer, which was one of the last pocket watches to be manufactured by BOVET before wristwatches became widespread.