Bovet Dimier Récital 15 – Jumping Hours, Retrograde Minutes and Double Seconds

The Dimier Récital 15 is definitely not another delivery and made its presentation in 2014 pair with the Dimier Récital 12. The two watches were intended to feature Bovet’s in-house Virtuoso II manual-winding base type. The Récital 15 upgrades the credits of the base type with the joining of bouncing hours, retrograde minutes and an inquisitive twofold coaxial seconds gadget that permits you to counsel the seconds on the dial and converse side of the watch. With its fascinating flat showcase of the time and wise disclosure of the apparatus, the view on the dial is vivified with elegant rises and sorrows and the lavish hand completes we partner with Bovet. How about we investigate the Récital 15.


The first test while checking on a Bovet watch is to process its different names and family names. The model we are evaluating is alluded to as the Bovet Dimier Récital 15, the Dimer Récital 15 Virtuoso II and even downright old Récital 15 – the sobriquet we will utilize today. Similarly as with every one of Bovet’s manifestations, there is not all that much about the Récital 15, however a speedy clarification about different names connected to this watch may come in helpful. Dimier is the name of the assortment and furthermore implies Bovet’s own special DIMIER 1738 manufacture,  Récital in addition to a number is the name of the specific model in the Dimier family, and Virtuoso II is the name of the base development delivered in the Dimier make and delivered in 2014.

Levels of complexity

Bovet is eminent for its profoundly refined and creative mechanical watches, its inventive cases (like the Amadeo convertible ), unique presentations and extravagant beautifications and completions. The Dimier assortment is home to some exceptional galactic complications, including the Récital 18 Shooting Star, the Récital 20 Astérium, the captivating ladies’ moon stage Récital 11 Miss Alexandra and even the Récital 22 Grand Récital cosmic watch, which brought home the most noteworthy Award – the Aiguille d’Or-at the GPHG 2018 . For an interesting insider’s perspective on Bovet’s coordinated manufacture with an emphasis on the Récital models, you can watch our video here.

But not all things tick with such cosmic complexity at Dimier and the Récital models additionally include some ‘medium complications’, like the Récital 15 with hopping hours, retrograde minutes and a 5-day power save. Like the past Récital 12 in the event that size and development, however with the expansion of bouncing hours and retrograde minutes, the Récital 15 comes in a 42mm width and has a stature of 12.80mm. Unexpectedly, and adding to the to some degree befuddling terminology rehearsed at Bovet, there are no Récital 13 and 14 watches. The cleaned 18k red gold instance of the model we had for the involved meeting highlighted a setting of 64 loaf cut precious stones in the bezel and a briolette-cut jewel in the crown.

Horizontal Vistas

Like Arabic and some Asian dialects, the Récital 15 is perused from option to left. A unique portrayal of the passing hours, minutes and seconds, time is shown on an even pivot progressing from option to left from the biggest estimation (hours), giving through the retrograde minutes and to the littlest estimation (seconds). Notwithstanding being a charming method to see time, the various presentations on the dial continuously speed up, progressing from the lethargic going hours to the quick seconds.

The bouncing hour show is the main thing that looks free from your shirt sleeve, permitting you to attentively counsel the hour without culpable your supper has. Situated on a white hand-lacquered ring at 3 o’clock, the rectangular hopping hours window is adjusted and stretched to follow the forms of the ring. However, what will be more diversion for mechanical voyeurs is the show occurring in the remove of the ring uncovering portions of the twofold star instrument that controls the speed of the prompt bounce and furthermore adds to the synchronization of the hop of great importance plate with the retrograde moment hand. It is absolutely this trouble that makes the concurrent presentation of a bouncing hour and a retrograde moment so uncommon in watchmaking.

On the other portion of the ring, the dark Arabic numerals of the moment show (the textual style was propelled by that utilized on pocket watches made in the 19th century by Edouard Bovet) are imprinted on a 180 degree bend and watching the retrograde minutes hand snap back to zero once it hits the hour long marker can become addictive.

Double Coaxial Seconds

Smaller in size than the hours and minutes counter, the graduated seconds are shown in such a sinkhole or hole, an open gap that arrives at all the path to the caseback permitting light to arrive at the wheels. Effortlessly confused with a tourbillon from the start, the seconds show is given an exemplary Bovet bend. These are not ‘regular’ seconds, yet ‘twofold seconds’ since they can be counseled on both the dial side and the opposite side of the case. The dial-side seconds hand is mounted on a stuff that turns a clockwise way while the back seconds hand is mounted on a stuff that pivots counter-clockwise. In spite of the fact that having the option to counsel the seconds on the two sides of the case probably won’t be the most pragmatic or utilitarian of capacities, watching the pinion wheels move in inverse ways gives a great specialized twist.

Held set up at one or the flip side by blued screws, the raised, sloped, and cleaned circuit of the hours and minutes stage somewhat covers the lip of the subsided little seconds counter. The utilization of rises and despondencies all through the dial is breathtaking and makes a brilliant scene. The shut zones of the dial are sandblasted while the two raised extensions that reproduce a wave shape at the top and base are done with roundabout Côtes de Genève.

A adjusted Virtuoso II

The switch side of the Récital 15 uncovers a force save pointer put in a fan-molded window at the top, and the ‘auxiliary’ seconds sign with its 20-seconds graduated curve read with three blued hands. The extensions are slanted and improved with wraps of Geneva stripes and highlight pattern zones to uncover the equilibrium wheel, portions of the stuff train and ‘seconds confine’, and a brief look at the barrel. Beating at 21,600 vph, the manual-winding development – an alteration of the Virtuoso II base development – has a strong force save keeping the bouncing hours, retrograde minutes and twofold seconds work for stretches of up to five days.


I understand this watch is inventoried as a men’s watch however the more I became more acquainted with it, the more I engaged that this could likewise function admirably for ladies with an energy for mechanical watches. Furthermore, not due to the precious stones. I was interested by Bovet’s idea of perusing time from option to left and charmed by the control of openworked regions on the dial. I’m not a devotee of skeletonized observes but rather really appreciated the limitation appeared on the Récital 15, just uncovering parts that are fascinating and really put on a show. The unique landscape on the dial with its various levels and completes, the rich Geneva stripes, the subtleties that discuss the brand’s distinguished past, the capricious twofold seconds complication and indeed, truly, the jewels, have won me over.


The Récital 15 is likewise accessible in a white gold case, with or without jewels and a menu of etching choices. The model we have evaluated is the red gold adaptation with loaf cut jewels introduced on a dark croc tie with a red gold ardillon clasp. A restricted release of 60 watches, this Récital 15 retails for CHF 110,000 (incl. charges). For additional subtleties, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel .