FrontRunners: Open Calendar
The company’s signature mixture of technical and aesthetic watchmaking is on display in the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso III (www.bovet.com). The open-worked watch combines a tourbillon with a retrograde perpetual calendar, and as with recent Bovet tourbillons, the cage is suspended and connected to the movement with the slightest of supports. The perpetual-calendar displays are placed around the periphery of the hours-and-minutes dial, enabling the plating and bridges to emulate the swoops and swirls of the fleurisanne engraving that decorates the surfaces. The $350,000 Virtuoso III converts to a pocket watch or a desk clock, and because it has hands on both sides, it can be worn with either side facing out.