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.