Swiss Bovet watch names are regularly as stupendous as the watches themselves. A company to never move concentrate away from old-world style “artistic density” in their frequently complicated horological manifestations denotes a brand which both exists inside yet additionally sits close by the remainder of today’s extravagance watch industry. While not all Bovet watches are as I would prefer, I get myself never exhausted with any of the brand’s items. This is a case I can scarcely state for most other watch marks today. This leads me to the Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V reference (ACHS016-50-P2018 as tried) watch that I am reviewing today. Polarizing in probably the most ideal manners, I’ve come to truly appreciate not just the aestheticness and detail in such a watch – yet in addition how the distinctive plan and character of such an item brings about an expansive range of feelings from watch lovers and novices alike.

Bovet Amadeo Background

For its size, Bovet is an amazingly productive brand offering a wide variety of items every year – a considerable lot of which are delivered in minuscule amounts. This, for instance, is one of numerous watches I’ve attempted from the brand which includes their particular Amadeo case. Named after Bovet proprietor Mr. Pascal Raffy’s child, the Amadeo-style case has a great time stunts up its sleeves. 43.5mm wide and 15.7mm thick (here delivered in 18ct white gold), the Amadeo case (water impervious to 30m) is first recognized by its visual plan, which is intended to resemble a wearable pocket watch.


Bovet has a long history in pocket watchmaking and the “old-world decorative” style of the brand, by and large, fits peculiarities, for example, making a wristwatch that seems as though a pocket watch. Simultaneously, you can really make this watch into a pocket watch. The Amadeo case is “convertible” which means you can without much of a stretch change it into a wristwatch, table clock, pendant, or pocket watch (by joining a discretionary gold chain).

Bovet Amadeo Dials

Transforming Amadeo-style cases is simple and requires small preparing and no instruments. I show how it functions in the video part of this review. I likewise neglected to make reference to that one extra stunt up the Amadeo case’s sleeve is the capacity for the watch case to be reversible – which means it very well may be worn with either side looking ahead. This is truly simply an issue of what course the lashes are connected in. Hence, the most useful utility for most watch wearers with an Amadeo case is the choice of having two watch dials relying upon your mood.

Accordingly, the Bovet Virtuoso V has two wearable dials that each show the time. In reality, each dial can be set to show an entirely unexpected time utilizing the 12-hour design. The in-house made Bovet type 13BM11AIHSMR movement is a measured framework which, for the Virtuoso V, has a couple of pleasant complications included inside it. This is in no way, shape or form the most complicated Bovet you can get. I would allude to the Virtuoso V as an unassumingly complicated Bovet item in the plan of what the company is able of.


Bovet Amadeo Case

The “ribbon” at the highest point of the situation where the crown is found is unmistakably intended to evoke the vibe of pocket watches. For quite a long time I’ve wavered to and fro concerning whether this plan engaged me personally. What really sold me on this look was seeing the watch on others. It is interesting how extraordinary you can perceive a watch worn on your wrist or that of somebody standing right close to you. Bovet’s capacity to make something which is refined is truly what they ought to be cheered for.

It isn’t that the allure of the Amadeo case is in its capacity to appear as though a wearable pocket watch. That is simply important for the story. There is such an old-world loftiness to the stylish which compliments wearers pleasantly. It isn’t an energetic or lively look, yet rather something more develop and recognized. You need to have really lived life a touch to acquire having the option to pull a watch like this off.

Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V on wrist

Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V on the wrist

When worn cozy on the wrist, the size and weight of the Virtuoso V aren’t an issue – however this isn’t an especially little or lightweight watch (there be a ton of gold in there!). The blue crocodile tie coordinates the hued “flinqué polish style” engraving and lacquering work on the dials – with one of the dials being primarily engraved and lacquered on this uncommon version of the watch. This version of the Virtuoso V wasn’t even on the Bovet site at the hour of review – with different versions (distinctive case materials and with discretionary jewels) having an alternate look to the hopping hour marker side of the dial.

Cloisonne-style finish is a strategy which paints enamel over an engraved metal surface. The outcome is very lovely and practically difficult to recreate in a less expensive structure when done effectively. I don’t think this watch is genuine polish work since veneer is an alternate material to work with, however the outcome is comparable, just that the finish is less clear than oven-prepared lacquer. The lovely blue lacquered segments design the two sides of the Virtuoso V watch.

Also fascinating on this specific version of the Virtuoso V is that Bovet didn’t open the seconds hand window through the whole watch. The base movement was constantly intended to be twofold sided and incorporates an auxiliary seconds hand framework which can be viewed from the two sides of the case. On this watch, Bovet “closed” one side of the watch face with the auxiliary seconds dial just being visible from the other side.


Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V: Both Sides Of the Case

While the two sides of the watch are attractive I wound up gravitating toward the hopping hour and retrograde moment face side of the Virtuoso V watch. I’m an aficionado of perusing the time as such and discover it to be very convenient. Closer to the focal point of the dial is the window that shows the current hour. It is known as “jumping” on the grounds that when the following hour is up, the circle under the window quickly leaps to the following hour position. Above this window is a retrograde moment pointer, which is amazingly decipherable given its size. The remainder of the dial has some “extra” language on the dial which isn’t actually fundamental. Does “Five Days” (or the French equivalent) truly should be on the dial? That data, incidentally, alludes to the force reserve of the movement.

The opposite side of the watch case has a face which is a touch more conventional and specialized looking. Here we see a more open view of the physically twisted Bovet movement, alongside some extra complications. It may appear to be that the two dials ought to show a similar time, yet the movement permits you to set every one of the time dials independently. In spite of the fact that the framework to do this isn’t too exquisite in light of the fact that it requires moving the crown one way to set the time on both dials.

Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V Movement

Also remembered for the dial with the conventional 12-hour time is an auxiliary seconds hand just as a force reserve marker off to one side. The movement itself is the unsexily-named type 13BM11AIHSMR which works at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with five days of intensity reserve. Bovet’s level of completing is slightly more mechanical looking than I may need in such a “antiquity-styled” watch, however I think Bovet compensates for it in overall movement innovation, an emphasis on evenness, and the sheer productive nature of the relative multitude of numerous models they come out with constantly that frequently have their own uniquely planned components and character.


Aside from their fixation over additional cursive content everywhere on their watch dials, I truly appreciate Bovet’s feeling of plan and style. One may allude to items like this as “anti-device watches.” The suggestion being that they aren’t intended for simple common sense or utility, yet rather that they are expected to be impressive status proclamations and grub for gearheads with an interest for old-world artistry.

The sheer level of wearing alternatives for the Amadeo case and the level of enumerating in the movement and dials is sufficient for anybody keen on watches to locate the Virtuoso V watch intriguing. Most likely the style of the Amadeo case and Bovet’s specific creative articulations are not to everyone’s taste. That’s OK, Bovet presumably prefers it as such (thus should the entirety of its item proprietors). Cost for the Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso V reference ACHS016-50-P2018 (ACHS016) watch is $73,500 USD and every version is a restricted release of 100 pieces. bovet.com

Necessary Data

>Brand: Bovet

>Model: Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso V reference ACHS016-50-P2018 (as tested)

>Price: $73,500 USD

>Size: 43.5mm wide, 15.7mm thick

>When reviewer would by and by wear it: When needing to intrigue hard to-dazzle men, while simultaneously needing to remain a spot avant-garde.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone very much supported and indecisive who needs an intriguing watch with more than one wearing choice. Being a devotee of bouncing hour markers likely encourages with regards to this particular Bovet model.

>Best normal for watch: Many stories to tell in only one item from the decorative strategies to the manners in which you can wear it. Shockingly neat dials including the simple to peruse hopping hour/retrograde moment face. Comfortable on the wrist and the Amadeo case’s convertible deceives never disappoint onlookers.

>Worst normal for watch: Lots of text on the two dials, which is seemingly pointless. Plan not to everyone’s tastes. Amadeo case’s various wearing alternatives won’t likely be utilized over and over again with a great many people wearing it on the wrist exclus

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