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Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

LOT 402

Bovet "Fleurier", No. 1, made in 1997. Unique pair of 18K pink gold self-winding wristwatches No.1, out of a series of 10 pairs only, produced expressly for commemorating the hand over of Hong Kong on 1st of July 1997, with fitted box and certificates. These two watches only, bearing No.1, are fitted with a sapphire crystal back revealing an exceptional self-winding and fully decorated movement. The open-work, enamelling and engraving are executed by Switzerland's most skilled craftsmen. The split-pearl setting on the enamelled rotor recalls the ornamental Bovet pocket-watches made for the Chinese Imperial Court.

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C. massive, polished, crystal sapphire back, pendant, bow, pink gold buckle, sapphireset top winder, bolt fastenings set with cabochons of gold. D. domed in cloisonne>, enamel with H cabochons of gold as hour-markers, showing Hong Kong renowned harbour with its skyline and a Chinese junk, once by day and once by night. <> hands, non reflective sapphire glass. M. 12"' automatic, <

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This unique series of 10 Fleurier pairs of wristwatches, numbered and dated, is specially made by Bovet for this historical event. The dials of this limited series of wristwatches are exclusive to these pieces only and will never be reproduced in any Bovet watch. Bovet has always stepped aside from the mainstream of watch styling to create every watch as if it were newly created. The result is a watch like no other. Unconventional without being eccentric, original, yet perfectly logical. In the Fleurier model, Bovet adapts a 19th century pocket-watch to the wrist in a demonstration of creative design. The sculpted bow recalls an earlier Bovet style. The bolt fastenings, three-piece bassine-style case and knurled crown display the talent of Switzerland's top casemakers. The watch, unique with the winding-crown at 12 o'clock, owes its name to the village of Fleurier in the Swiss Jtua, cradle of the firm and birthplace of Edouard Bovet, company founder in 1822.