Introducing the Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital

Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital

Bovet love creating elaborate watches like I love a beer in the sunshine. That is to say, whenever they can do it, they will. Their latest however might just be the new pinnacle of over the top indulgence in haute horology.

The Récital 22 Grand Récital is a combination of three major complications. The first two – a tourbillon and perpetual calendar – I don’t really need to go that much into. Both are around quite a lot (perhaps a little too much) nowadays. The third though you might not have heard of before: a Tellurium.

Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital

A tellurium is essentially an orrery on a local scale – that is to say, it shows the relative position of the celestial orbs, but restricted to the sun, moon and Earth. Here the sun is actually represented by the tourbillon cage and stays static as the Earth, displayed from the Northern hemisphere, turns on its axis. The moon is set around that.

Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital

The rest of the watch is just as ornate, if mechanically simple by comparison, with a retrograde power reserve on the right, minutes to the left. The Earth doubles as a 24 hour display and when you flip the watch over the entire perpetual calendar is on the back.

Bovet Recital 22 Grand Recital

The whole watch is a production, a beautifully extravagant display like a horological peacock. It’s rare, it’s immensely stunning and at $469,800 for the rose gold (around £346,000) it’s got the price tag to match.

Price & Specs:

  • Model name: Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital
  • Dial/Case: 46.30mm diameter, 18k red gold or platinum
  • Movement: Caliber 17DM03-TEL
  • Power reserve: 9 days
  • Price & Availablity: $469,800 (red gold) and $502,200 (platinum), limited to only 60 models worldwide

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About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.