Bovet Récital 20 Astérium

written by YWH team 6 October 2017
Bovet Récital 20 Astérium
Quick specs Bovet Récital 20 Astérium
Price: $ 350,000 | approx. € 296.300 | approx. £ 261,200
Size: 46 mm
Reference: R20N001 (red gold) | R20N002 (white gold) | R20N003 (platinum)
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Okay, this is impressive. Most of the time we roll on our eyes if we receive another press release of some car or vintage inspired time piece. It doesn’t mean they do not look great, but the PR speak is dreadful. With the new Bovet Récital 20 Astérium the press release deserves to be over the top.

Why? Because this Bovet Récital 20 Astérium 10-day Flying Tourbillon Night Sky Annual Calendar with Astronomical Functions (the full name) is pretty impressive. A breathtaking piece that is completely in line with Bovet’s taste for majestic and dramatic pieces.

The Récital 20 Astérium continues the innovative display that was seen in Bovet’s Récital 18 Shooting Star from 2016. The centerpiece is the night sky. The Bovet watchmakers opted to map out the stars and constellations visible from the Earth. It is on a dome of translucent blue quartz, on which they are laser-engraved before being coated in super-luminova to create a true-to-life sky.

The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium has so much functions you can spend days to discover them all

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It does not stop there. The annual calendar is not based on our 365-day per year Gregorian calendar, but Bovet opted for a sidereal calendar. The duration of a complete Earthly orbit (known as a sidereal year) is 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9.77 seconds, or an unchanging 365.25 days.

Thus, the annual calendar is calculated on a 365.25-day cycle to reflect the real duration of one full terrestrial orbit. Thanks to this the instantaneous position of the stars in the sky is displayed with precision.

When we go to the case back, we find the annual calendar with the corresponding season and astrological indications, with a moon phase and power-reserve.

A horological piece of art with a size to match with a diameter of 46 millimeters. Not to mention the price of $ 350,000. The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium is limited to 60 pieces of each model: red gold, white gold or platinum. The video below the specs shows some of its magic.

The caliber 17DM02-SKY seen from the front, side and back

technical data Bovet Récital 20 Astérium
R20N001 (red gold, limited to 60 pieces) | R20N002 (white gold, limited to 60 pieces) | R20N003 (platinum, limited to 60 pieces)
Bovet 17DM02-SKY | Hand-wound | Diameter: 17 lignes | Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz) | Double face tourbillon | Hours, retrograde minutes, seconds on tourbillon, annual calendar, night sky, equation of time, precision moon phase indicator, season, solstice and equinox indicator, astrological zodiac indicator and power-reserve indicator | Power-reserve: 10 days
Case & dial:
46 mm | Red gold, white gold or platinum | Thickness: 18.3 mm | Anti-reflective sapphire crystal | Open sapphire case back | Blue sapphire convex dial and transparent sapphire | 24 Hour dial visible through transparent quartz | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Black alligator leather | 18K red gold or white gold ardillon buckle
Price Bovet Récital 20 Astérium:
$ 350,000 | approx. € 296.300 | approx. £ 261,200

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