July 28, 2014
by Ariel Adams
Turn the watch case over, and you’ll find an exhibition caseback window with a view of the movement. Bovet makes their movements in-house and the mechanical automatic caliber 11BA12 is very attractive with a beautiful engraved 22k gold automatic rotor. Bovet calls their engraved motif the “Fleurisanne pattern.” The movement operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 72 hours. Even though the watch is an automatic, I appreciate the longer power reserve and power reserve indicator on the dial a lot. Overall it is a very satisfying movement without any obvious compromises.
With just 30 meters of water resistance the Amadeo Fleurier case is not meant for sport, but the design should have tipped you off to that. Attached to the case is a black alligator strap and the crown and lugs have a series of five sapphire cabochon crystals. With its 43mm wide size it wears boldly, which is pretty much exactly what you want with a timepiece like this.
Bovet has never claimed to make mainstream watches for everyone, and clearly they aren’t trying to do that if you’ve followed our coverage of the various Bovet and Dimier timepieces over the years. Having said that, you encounter a true feeling of exclusivity based on their boutique manufacturing output and independent ownership. For a bit more insight about the brand you can reference my interview with the Bovet brand owner Pascal Raffy here. He is a pretty interesting guy.
This particular Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 watch is limited to just 39 pieces, but there are other versions available as well. The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 ref. AF43029 watch with the meteorite dial has a retail price of $44,800. bovet.com
>Model: Amadeo Fleurier 43 ref. AF43029
>Price: $44,800 USD
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Open-minded high-end watch lover looking for an interesting dress watch to stand out from the crowd.
>Best characteristic of watch: Amadeo case is interesting with a cool transforming complication. In-house movement is attractive and practical, and the meteorite dial is lovely to look at.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Hands and hour markers could be more legible. Transforming case is arguably gimmicky given practicality. Expensive despite exclusivity.