Bovet is a brand that I feel was overlooked by many and doesn’t receive the recognition that it deserves. Ironically, their designs could be divisive, but it is hard to deny that the technical prowess behind them. At SIHH 2017 earlier this season, Bovet released yet another super-complicated piece called the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium. Although the watch may look complicated, its sophistication actually arouses really functional complications.The Bovet Récital 20 Astérium is offered in red gold, white gold, and platinum. The situation is large, measuring 46mm round and 18.3mm in height. It’s a big watch and one which has plenty of wrist presence, but what is really interesting about the case is that it is wedge-shaped. It is thicker at 12 o’clock and tapers off at 6 o’clock. The reason for this is to adapt the movement, which has a terraced architecture, a characteristic that you rarely see in watches. The expansive sapphire crystal is also heavily domed to provide space for the exceptional movement architecture.During first impressions, the Récital 20 Astérium looks imposing and complicated. The dial is active and there are layers upon layers of details, indicators, and displays. But it’s in fact quite easy to browse and sensibly laid out as soon as you know what’s what. On the other side at 12 o’clock, you have a large domed piece of transparent quartz that displays the constellations. The watch can be customized to show constellations in the southern or northern hemisphere, and the constellations are laser engraved and filled with Super-LumiNova to help legibility at night time. Underneath, there’s a disc where the hours have been published.
October 18, 2015 marks the beginning of the inaugural Dubai Watch Week, and aBlogtoWatch is going to be there to cover it. There are going to be showings from A.Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Chopard, De Grisogono, F.P. Journe, Hublot, HYT, IWC, Louis Moinet, Montblanc, Panerai, Richard Mille, TAG Heuer, Tiffany & Co., and Vacheron Constantin.
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Dubai has a reputation as being a city of massive wealth with rapid economic growth after the oil boom. The fact that there hasn’t been a major watch event of this scope in the city is actually somewhat surprising given the region’s reputation for big spending and a love of all things flashy. Spending on luxury goods is increasing in the Middle East, and it will be interesting to see if the region, and Dubai in particular, will establish itself as a major city for the watch industry.
Dubai Watch Week seems serious about bucking the reputation of the city as simply a consumers’ paradise by presenting two major exhibits: the traveling Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) exhibition and their “Rebels of Horology” exhibit which will celebrate independent watchmakers and will feature timepieces from Bovet Berlin Replica , Cabestan, De Bethune, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, H. Moser & Cie, Moritz Grossman, and Urwerk.
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