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Transparently Sublime Bovet Ottantasei By Pininfarina: Near Perfection - Reprise | Quill & Pad

Transparently Sublime Bovet Ottantasei By Pininfarina: Near Perfection – Reprise | Quill & Pad

While I’ve looked after the most recent decade as Pascal Raffy has deftly changed present day Bovet into a genuine fair sized brand with a comprehensive assortment of generally in-house created and produced watches, some with very modern complications, not many of the brand’s models have gotten my attention.

And that hasn’t been from an absence of eye-getting workmanship and advancement for Bovet’s benefit; it’s simply that the elaborate and perplexing craftsmanship that the brand is so notable for comes across as all in all too occupied for me. My own taste tends towards effortlessness in feel, while devotees of Bovet (and there are many) appear to value more detailed plan. To every his own.

But at that point along came the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina, which for me a close to consummate watch.

Engineered for comfort

For me, watches are to wear and appreciate so I place a premium on comfort and having the option to see (and appreciate) as a large part of the development as possible.

Display backs, open dials, and skeletonized observes all pander to my longing to have the option to notice the internal operations of wristwatches, yet my nec in addition to ultra are those watches that have been created starting from the earliest stage to grandstand the movement.

My Holy Grail of such uncommon watches is the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique (see The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique: What’s Friction Got To Do, Got To Do With It!? ). In any case, the Technique has one significant disadvantage for me: its 48 mm case distance across makes it excessively huge for comfort on my little wrist.

What are the odds of another watch coming along that has been created to show however much of the development as could reasonably be expected, highlighting intriguing horological advancements, and is comfortable to wear on a more modest wrist?

Pretty high, actually.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina on the wrist

Bovet and Pininfarina

While Italian plan house Pininfarina (see Pininfarina: The Mecca Of Supercar Design And The Bovet Ottantasei ) is maybe better known for planning many, if not most, of the most erotically smoothed out supercars on the planet, the company additionally plans everything from engine yachts to high rises. Furthermore, things being what they are, looks as well.

The association among Pininfarina and Bovet started in 2008. To date this has brought about the accompanying models: Ottanta Tourbillon (2010), Cambiano Chronograph (2011), the second-age tourbillon Ottantadue (2012), the third-age tourbillon Ottantatre (2013), Sergio Split-Second Chronograph (2014), and the Ottantasei Tourbillon (2016).

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

The brief from Bovet to Pininfarina for the Ottantasei was, without a doubt, brief:

  • Maximum straightforwardness/least weight (think aerospace)
  • Slim and ergonomic
  • Ottanta visual identity
  • Flying tourbillon

It’s inconceivable for me to overstate exactly how far both Pininfarina and Bovet stretched the boundaries in every one of those categories.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina in DLC-covered titanium

But, I can’t help however feel that when building up the Ottantasei, Pininfarina and Bovet decreased the watch and development to almost total flawlessness . . . and afterward removed a smidgen more. A smidgen to an extreme. Also, that vexes me even more since this watch is generally perfect in what it sets out to do.

And when I say they “removed a smidgen more,” I signify “smidgen” as estimated in molecules, not grams. However, that’s enough.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina in red gold

To put the advancement of the Ottantasei into some unique circumstance, on one hand we have Pininfarina, a top notch, if not world-driving, plan company with an advantageous educational program vitae. At that point we have Bovet 1822, a brand I’d depict as being guided firmly by “tradition,” yet untraditionally with its own full assembling in Dimier 1738 – and it is one of not many brands to try and have its own hairspring manufacture.

If Pininfarina can envision something, at that point chances are that Bovet can make it.

Maximum straightforwardness/least weight

In Pininfarina’s world, the word “cars” really implies “supercars,” so it should come as nothing unexpected that the originators compared “maximum straightforwardness/least weight” (figure aviation) to the adrenaline-filled universes of supercars, supersonic planes, and helicopters.

Pininfarina’s inspiration for “lightness” in the Bovet Ottantasei

More glass is better; it’s about the view. Despite the fact that on account of the Ottantasei, this implies the view is from an external perspective in instead of from within out.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

Ottantasei has no under four sapphire precious stones: the upper and lower (show back) having very complex structures to guarantee greatest strength for least thickness, while the two side windows are long to the point that the impact is of a sapphire case with a dainty metal frame.

View from the rear of the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

That back precious stone accomplishes more than offer an enticing investigate the converse side of the development: it underpins the development. In a sharp technique for lessening stature to an outright least, the development is fixed to the back gem; both are fitted into the situation as one.

The 44 mm measurement case weighs simply 51.66 grams (< two ounces) in red gold and a plume light 15.54 grams (0.54 ounces) in evaluation 5 titanium. What's more, at only 12 millimeters thick, the Ottantasei is entirely comfortable on the wrist, even a thin wrist. The recognizable plan components of the bow, the 12 o'clock position of the crown, the noticeable screw heads, the run of the mill bezel, and the single lower carry at 6 o'clock all guarantee that the Ottantasei is immovably – and obviously – established in the Ottanta assortment.

The movement

Bovet Caliber 17BM03 highlights the most complex fundamental plates at any point made by the assembling, one in ideal harmony between being as light a potential while being sufficiently able to contain and control the long ten days of force put away in the mainspring.

Computer picture of the complex primary plate of the Bovet Ottantasei

The development has been granted three licenses: two identified with the winding framework and one to the flying tourbillon.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

Patented flying tourbillon

The primary favorable position to a flying tourbillon is that its development doesn’t need an upper supporting scaffold so it is simpler to see and appreciate the exceptionally vivified instrument. Be that as it may, supporting a design at just one end generally implies added pressure, as it isn’t normally balanced.

Patented flying tourbillon on the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina (outline politeness Bovet)

What Bovet has done is to help the flying tourbillon from close to its middle rather than its base, which takes into consideration the mass of the lower equilibrium and upper tourbillon pen to adjust each other out.

Closer take a gander at the licensed flying tourbillon of the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

This framework likewise permits better perspectives and enthusiasm for the components comprising the controller, with the tourbillon confine on full view from the top and the equilibrium from the back.

Power save indicator

The three-dimensional force save marker is additionally very fascinating. As the spring barrel gradually loosens up, it turns a wheel that pivots a cleaned steel cone around a focal strung screw, moving the cone all over the screw.

Cone-based framework for the force hold marker on the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina (chart graciousness Bovet)

A little switch tracks the vertical situation of the cone, communicating the data to a long switch with a rack that turns the force save pointer. The framework is basic, solid, and intriguing to watch, particularly when the development is currently being wound.

Dial side of the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

Three-dimensional winding system

While a completely twisted watch with a ten-day fill of force is something awesome, it takes a considerable amount of twisting to fill the unfilled “tank.” So Bovet’s engineers built up a protected twisting framework with a circular differential and decrease outfitting permitting the origin to be twisted twice as quick for similar number of turns. The framework additionally lessens the quantity of components required,  decreasing grinding and expanding reliability.

The profile of the exceptionally evolved three-dimensional stuff was granted a patent as it considers outfitting, even different equipping, to interface effectively at a huge number of angles.


Not just is the development sketetonized on all flat surfaces to guarantee that there is positively no overabundance weight, the vertical surfaces have likewise been sketetonized. What’s more, as for all intents and purposes the entirety of the development is obvious from all points, extensions and plates have anglage on every one of the four essences of the components (two level, two vertical) as opposed to the more regular two.

View through the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina’s show back to the clous de Paris design on the spring barrel bridge

I especially like the bended lines in the clous de Paris etching noticeable through the presentation back. Customary clous de Paris is normally a matrix design set at right points; in any case, not monitoring all the long stretches of horological custom, on seeing the proposed finish Pininfarina’s originators figured it would look better still if the etching followed the bends of the extensions. Thus it came to pass.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina

What maddens me ever so sightly

I was shocked by exactly the amount I was intrigued with the Ottantasei and would be exceptionally glad to wear one every day. Yet, there is one niggle I have that I just can’t shake off on the grounds that (to my reasoning) it conflicts with the entire soul of straightforwardness: that laser etching as an afterthought windows.

Laser-engraved “Limited Edition” and “Pininfarina” looking into it band windows of the Bovet Ottantasei

And again dial side where we have the wonderful round differential and a protected winding framework covered by the Bovet logo. For what reason do that when there is clear space either side?

The round differential of the Ottantasei is obvious behind the Bovet logo at 12 o’clock

Imagine a home with two major straight windows opening onto a phenomenal view, however covered with non-straightforward (and superfluous) text.

Such a little detail, yet it’s the little subtleties that count!

I loved the Ottantasei such a lot of it astonished me. I appreciate by far most of the watches I have the joy and favorable luck to inspect basically from a scholarly perspective in that while I comprehend and like their different highlights, I don’t consider them watches I for one would wear since they are either too huge, too little, too complicated, wrong tone, wrong shape, and so forth, and so on, etc.

But the Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina isn’t just a watch that I like from a scholarly perspective, I likewise like it from the heart: it’s a watch I would be glad to possess and wear.

Bovet Ottantasei by Pininfarina on the wrist of Paolo Pininfarina

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Snappy Facts Bovet Ottantasei

Case: 44 x 12 mm, accessible in titanium, dark DLC-covered titanium and red gold; sapphire precious stone presentation back and two case band windows, water obstruction 30 meters

Dials: accessible in either white finish or brushed blue

Development: physically twisted Caliber 17BM03 with 10-day power save; licensed circular differential winding framework, 2.5 Hz balance, protected flying one-minute tourbillon

Capacities: hours, minutes; power hold marker

Impediment: 86 pieces (complete)

Assurance: 5 years

Cost: 165,000 Swiss francs (barring charges) in titanium or DLC-covered titanium; 180,000 Swiss francs (barring charges) in red gold

* This article was first distributed on July 12, 2016 at Transparently Sublime Bovet Ottantasei By Pininfarina: Near Perfection .

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