It was the year 1930 and the watchmaking attended one of the points of the most significant turning point in its history: pocket watches turned into wristwatches. Although from today's point of view, this can appear to be a natural development for the sector, at the time it constituted a revolution.
With their new ergonomics, wristwatches offered greater freedom and new uses which, in turn, have given rise to new functions.
This marked the beginning of the creation of professional watches, designed to meet customer needs. The watchmakers found themselves therefore in the face of a multitude of new constraints. The movements they had produced, had to be more precise, their size small and, again because of the constantly evolving development, steel, which was enjoying a real boom in those years, it became one of the favorite materials of watchmakers, thanks, above all, to the many advantages offered by its mechanical and by his resistance.
No other brand can represent better than BOVET 1822, this transient decade, which pays homage to the historical period with an entire collection inspired by the aesthetic codes of a timepiece called "easel" (photo below), produced by the brand in the 1930s.
The collection 19THIRTY borrows numbers and hands from this timepiece, combining them with essential aesthetics, thus highlighting the chronometric and the finishes of the fine watchmaking of each watch.
The collection is characterized by two separate cases: Fleurier, whose crown and bow hinged at 12 o'00 a.m. they recall the origins of BOVET and, the most traditional custody DIMIER, with its four lugs and a crown positioned at 3 o'clock.
The case is made of stainless steel and measures 42 mm rather thin, only 9.5 mm despite the astonishing power reserve of 7 days.
Then comes the dial although the true face of the Bovet 19Thirty it's actually the back where we can admire the movement.
Two sub-dials are applied to the top: one displays the time and the other displays the seconds. The two sub-quadrants are made of solid metal and then coated with a slightly translucent that reveals a subtle brushed concentric pattern, delicate and refined.
The rest of the dial is composed of the main plate of the movement, which is finished with a circular Cotes de Genève. On this main plate, we can see two openings: one, at 12 o'a.m., reveals a part of the barrel, the other at 6 o'a.m. includes a power reserve indicator.
This dial is engraved with rather strange inscriptions, in somewhat poetic and written in French art: "Faictes de mains de maistres" ("Made by the hands of the masters") and "Pour servir ponctuels gentilshommes" ("Serving gentlemen punctual").
Also note that this watch is not "Swiss Made" ma "Swiss Handcrafted". They may seem like just details, but they reveal the spirit of the brand, and these claims are entirely appropriate considering the level of finish of the case and dial.
Turning the clock we can admire the Caliber 15BM04, a manual movement with 7 days of reserve charging which is really impressive considering that the Bovet 19Thirty has only one barrel.
This movement is pleasant to watch, primarily because it fills entirely the case, then because the finish is amazing: bevelled corners and polished bridges, circular graining on the main plate, Cotes de Genève and blued vines, all entirely designed and manufactured in the Bovet.
Available in various shades of dial, for the price of about 17,000 EUROS.