Good Timing

With smartwatches that remind us to pick up the kids from cello lessons while keeping us abreast of stock market fluctuations as they guide us to the closest Whole Foods, the basics are often forgotten. Not at Bovet.
Words by Bill Lindsey | February 28, 2020 | Luxury

Our complex lifestyles sometimes finds us asking, “What day is it?,” at which time a simple answer would be greatly appreciated. Those who enjoy classic literature and music often seek a timepiece that also inspires a sense of delight. To answer this call, the Swiss firm of Bovet offers the Récital 21 Retrograde Perpetual Calendar. A sturdy 44mm case of either pink gold or titanium houses a blue hour and minute dial surrounded by a running seconds display. A 60-minute countdown is set at 9 o’clock; the day of the month at 3 o’clock; the month at 6 o’clock; and the day of the week at 12 o’clock. A mechanical movement with a 5-day power reserve can be viewed through the sapphire display caseback. While the housing is water-resistant to 30 meters, this is not the timepiece to wear for a dip in the local hot springs;