This $500,000 Timepiece Just Won the Oscars of Swiss Watchmaking

Bovet’s Récital 22 Grand Récital is one of the most intricate watches ever made.


Luxury Swiss watchmaker Bovet has received plenty of attention for its Récital 22 Grand Récital over the prodigious price tag, which ranges from $469,800 to $502,200. 

Now, Bovet has an appropriately glitzy award to support its implied contention that this horological masterpiece is worth that kind of money: top prize at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie—a.k.a. the so-called “Oscars of Swiss watchmaking.”

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Anyone lucky enough to wear a Grand Récital will feel like a living, breathing fine art display, with its hand-painted half-globe and 24-hour clock, tourbillon, and orbiting moon symbol orbiting over all.


Robb Report has some additional details about the watch and the company behind it:

The Bovet 1822 Recital 22 Grand Recital is the third and most complicated in a trilogy of astronomical complications made by this small independent brand, which makes only 2,000 watches a year.

The timepiece is equipped with a mind-boggling array of functions. Aside from hours, seconds, and retrograde minutes, there is day, month, year, moonphase, power reserve, flying tourbillon, perpetual calendar, double-face retrograde date, perpetual calendar and a tellurium-Orrery.

Considering dropping a half-million or so on one of these amazing timepieces? Learn everything about the Récital 22 Grand Récital here