Introducing – Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN

There’s no doubt about Bovet 1822’s watchmaking capabilities, as we’ve demonstrated in the past. When it comes to craftsmanship, it is right up there with other high-end independent watchmakers in terms of complexity, originality, and finishing. One of the most interesting examples from the Bovet manufacture is the Virtuoso Collection. Today Bovet 1822 introduces the new Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN, a more contemporary take of the complex timepiece.

The Virtuoso collection is intended as a series of showstoppers by Bovet, displaying the manufacture’s capabilities of superb mechanics and mastery of traditional techniques. Following on the stunning Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two, this new iteration brings some modernity to the range, with a few twists.

The pink gold Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two.

Usually, in high-end watchmaking, such intricate-looking watches come in precious metals. But as we’ve seen before, Bovet is not shy to push the envelope and come up with tantalizing new designs. So in this case, the Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN has a black DLC coated titanium habillage with Bovet’s signature sloped profile. That blackened case alone takes the look of the watch in an entirely different direction, even more so when going through the other changes in the watch, which are purely aesthetical by the way.

Previously outfitted with a pair of aventurine subdials, the new Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN comes in 5 different color combinations but all with full lume. That means that not the hands but the full dials emit a bright green glow in the dark. The dials themselves come in green, blue, yellow purple or (a MONOCHROME favorite) salmon pink. Naturally, all is covered by a sapphire crystal (as well as the backside).

And the Super LumiNova isn’t restricted to the two subdials, as also the minute ring around the one-minute tourbillon is coated with the luminous material. Despite the new look, all the other details remain unchanged. You still have a central pair of hands indicating the time, with a power reserve display in the left subdial and the big date in the right one. The date is corrected with a single push of the blue cabochon nestled in the crown and doesn’t require the watch to be taken off the wrist.

The in-house developed and constructed Caliber 17BM06-GD remains at the heart of things. The decoration is top-notch as you can expect from Bovet, with a new blackened Côtes de Genève finishing for the mainplate and several bridges. The single barrel, which can be seen through the exhibition caseback, holds a massive 10 days of power when fully wound. A double patented system cuts the number of windings for the barrel to be fully wound in half, a welcome feature with 240 hours of energy. Time is set, and the movement wound, by the trademark Bovet crown at the 12 o’clock position.

The new Bovet 1822 Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two DLC-SLN comes on a black alligator leather strap with a black DLC coated stainless steel pin and buckle. It is limited to 8 pieces per dial color, so 40 in total. The price is CHF 200,000.

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Case: 44mm diameter – sloped DLC-coated titanium case – patented Amadeo crown and lug system at 12 o’clock – domed sapphire crystal – exhibition caseback – 30m water resistance

Dial: open-worked – central hours and minutes – small seconds indicated by a gold pointer on tourbillon cage – double subdial configuration in one of 5 colors – power reserve display in left subdial – big date display in right subdial – Super LumiNova coated subdials, tips of hands and 60-seconds scale surrounding the tourbillon

Movement: Caliber 17BM06-GD, in-house – hand-wound movement – 356 components – one-minute flying tourbillon escapement –18,000vph frequency (2,5Hz) – single barrel with 10 days power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, big date, power reserve indicator – blackened Côtes de Genève decoration

Strap: black alligator leather with black DLC coated stainless steel pin-buckle

Availability & References: Limited to 8 pieces per dial color

T10GD041 – green Super LumiNova dial

T10GD042 – blue Super LumiNova dial

T10GD045 – yellow Super LumiNova dial

T10GD046 – purple Super LumiNova dial

T10GD051 – salmon Super LumiNova dial

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