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Bovet 1822

A revolutionary Swiss haute horology brand, originally founded in 1822 and reinvigorated in 2001
Pascal Raffy Pascal Raffy
BOVET 1822 Collection

The Visionaries of BOVET 1822

In the late 18th century, Britain was the world’s watchmaking epicenter. Britain’s expanding maritime trade routes required precision timekeeping for accurate navigation, and watchmaking masters cropped up in London to meet this growing demand.

In 1815, Edouard Bovet left his home in Fleurier, Switzerland to study the art of fine watchmaking in London at the age of 18. After three years as an apprentice, the promising upstart Bovet was dispatched to Canton, China and tasked with selling four incredibly valuable timepieces. Bovet ultimately sold these four pocket watches to a Chinese buyer for an impressive 10,000 francs (the equivalent of $1 million USD today). Bovet proved himself as a talented salesman and quickly tapped into the under-served Chinese market.

Clockwork Constructed

BOVET 1822’s master artisans take meticulous care in the development and creation of each watch. With miniature paintings decorating the dials, patented mechanisms driving the clockwork, and years worth of horological expertise informing every decision that affects them, BOVET 1822’s timepieces are precisely crafted by the brand's master watchmakers, as they have been since 1822.

The Art of Miniature Painting