For almost two centuries, the Maison BOVET has been taking the watchmaking's decorative arts to new heights while continuing to delight collectors and art lovers with the virtuosity of its artisans. Mr. Raffy, Maison BOVET 1822's owner, is once again demonstrating his dedication to keeping alive the tradition of decorative arts and the finest expression of time.
As a way of keeping the same working methods, the same techniques and the same rigor as his illustrious predecessors, Mr. Raffy and the House of BOVET partnered with Mr. Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, an artistic expert in Grand Feu enamel and one of the most prominent jewelry designers of his generation, to present an exclusive collection of timepieces.
BOVET's Amadeo Fleurier “Poppies” with diamonds comes in the moment when the world is marking the end of the WWI. Germany had formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated. The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died during the war. It represents a common or field poppy. The creation of the remembrance poppy was inspired by the poem " In Flanders Fields" written during World War I, and promoted by Moina Michael and the “Originator of the Poppy Day”, Madame Guérin.
The poppies in BOVET's unique composition form a bouquet illuminated by no fewer than 138 diamonds that offer them enchanting reflections and contrasts. This exceptional work is housed in the 39-mm-diameter Fleurier Amadeo case offered in either red or white gold – both of which are unique pieces.
It took the Maison BOVET seven years to develop this ingenious patented system that allows anyone — in simple steps, without any tools — to convert their timepiece into a table clock or, respectively, a pocket watch for the gentlemen's designs and a pendant for the women's models.
At the dawn of the 19th century, Edouard Bovet raised the prestige of Swiss watchmaking, taking the decorative arts - particularly miniature enamels - to the pinnacle of expertise. In line with the rules and traditions of the time, he employed the best watchmakers in Val-de-Travers and entrusted the decoration of the case to enamelers established along Geneva's Bâtiment des Forces Motrices plant. Even to this day, the greatest artists of this golden age contribute the renown of BOVET 1822’s timepieces.
The latter, Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is recognized by specialists as the heir of the most illustrious enamelers of all time, such as Lissignol, Richter, Liotard and even Huaut. Many of the artists on this non-exhaustive list who built the reputation of Geneva enamels additionally worked with Maison BOVET in the 19th century. This reputation was also honored by a recent joint exhibition in the prestigious Moscow Kremlin Museum.