Hands-On The Bovet 19 Thirty, A Wristwatch Homage To The Pocket Watch
Bovet is one of those companies that everyone seems to have heard of, but about which one doesn’t actually hear a great deal – and there are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that it’s a small firm, plain and simple. The second is that, in general, its watches are more expensive than not. The third is that the designs are rather idiosyncratic and tend to strike the average watch aficionado as odd or even eccentric, thanks to the company’s preference for creating watches that resemble pocket watches that have been converted to wristwatches. In fact, a number of Bovet watches are exactly that – they can be converted back to pocket watches or even turned into free-standing desk clocks using Bovet’s proprietary Amadeo conversion system. These aspects of the company, and a tendency towards rather Baroque design idioms (and even the use of exotic decorative techniques like miniature painting), have all meant that Bovet watches are often left out of the mainstream watch conversation.