Bovet Trilogy Watch Recreates Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Aug 20, 2009
It is absolutely natural for the Bovet brand to create exclusive timepieces, whose aesthetic appeal lies in a clever blend of artistic freedom and technical constraints. To a great extent it has been achieved due to the efforts of the watchmaking company’s owner, Pascal Raffy.

To take part in the Only Watch 2009, an annual charity auction of exclusive watches, held to obtain funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the Bovet watchmaking house has manufactured a one-of-a-kind timepiece, which features in miniature the most renowned painting in the world – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The Bovet Trilogy watch, intended for Only Watch 2009, adapts its title from the capabilities of its unique 42mm case, sculptured in 18K rose gold. The watch exposes the iconic pocket timepiece-styled case bow, which is regarded as a virtual signature of the Bovet brand. Thanks to the case unrivalled design, created and patented by the company, this model can be used as a wristwatch, a pocket watch or a table clock.

The flanks, the lugs and the curved bow of the case feature a hand-carved Fleurisanne engraving, which creates a perfect frame for the exceptional dial and demonstrates the goldsmiths’ craftsmanship. The winding crown as well as the outer hinge of the bow reveal matchless sapphire cabochons.

It took a Bovet enamel painter more than a month of meticulous work to recreate the miniature reproduction of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which is extremely difficult to copy down to the last detail, including the mysterious smile of La Gioconda.

The specialist of miniature enamel carried out this demanding task, working under a microscope. The paints, from the carefully chose pallete, were applied with minuscule brushes. The latter were made of the finest marten hair’s tiny segments.

The crowning achievement of this masterpiece is its crystalline clarity, standing out against an appealing opalescent background of black mother of pearl.

The Bovet Trilogy "Mona Lisa" watch is available in a gorgeous presentation box, made of burled hardwood.

The watch is accompanied by an alligator leather strap finished with an engraved rose gold folding clasp. To turn the Bovet Trilogy model into a pocket watch, it is also supplied with a rose gold chain and bow attachment.

The 2009 Only Watch auction will be held in Monaco on September 24th. Bovet's Trilogy timepiece, as well as a spectrum of exclusive watches to be presented by the other famous watch-making houses, will be put up for auction without a reserve price. All proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to assist worldwide research efforts dedicated to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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