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Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For 2016, Swiss Bovet presents the latest timepiece as part of the brand’s ongoing design collaboration with the famed automotive (for the most part) design firm Pininfarina in Italy. aBlogtoWatch debuted the first watch from this relationship back in 2010 with the Bovet Pininfarina Ottana Tourbillon. Since then, there have been a range of relatively affordable models, and for 2016, we return to a glitzy tourbillon model which has an interesting new design with the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon watch.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The most distinctive design feature of the OttantaSei (means “eighty-six” in Italian) watch is how the case looks and feels. At 44m wide and 12mm thick, the specs alone do not really communicate what this wide and proportionally thin case feels like on the wrist. Because the sides of the case are fitted with sections of transparent sapphire crystal, this feels so little like how most watch cases do. It feels more like a display cage for the movement contained within.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon watch is also quite light – especially in the two titanium versions. I must admit that given the “bow style” crown position at 12 o’clock, it wears in a quite large fashion, but it isn’t uncomfortable. Bovet claims that even in gold, the case only weighs 51.66 grams (without the strap). The entire point of the design was to make the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon light-looking… and light-feeling.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There are a total of four sapphire crystals on the case, and the use of flat crystals on the top as well as the flat planes on the sides make the watch feel like a large coin on your wrist. Laser engraving is used on the sides of the case to print the “limited edition” and “Pininfarina” labeling, while the partial seconds indicator scale is printed on the one of the main crystals and read on the opposite side. Unlike some of the convertible Bovet watch cases I’ve reviewed in the past, the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon watch does not transform into a pocket watch, pendant, or desk clock. The case is water resistant to 30 meters.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon is a new movement known as the caliber 17BM03MM. Manually wound, the movement operates at 18,000 bph (2.5Hz) and has a long power reserve of 10 days in one barrel. To view and operate the movement is real beauty. Bovet decided to keep things as simple and classy as possible by offering the time on a subsidiary dial, large-diameter tourbillon (which doubles as the small seconds indicator), and a power reserve indicator.

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Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There is also a special system on the winding stem which can be observed just under the Bovet logo that was developed by Bovet a few years ago and, in addition to looking really nice, is said to increase winding efficiency so that the user does not need to wind the crown as many times to fully charge the movement. Note the small sapphire crystal plate on the crown which happens to have the Pininfarina logo on it (for the first time in this watch collection, I believe).

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Design wise, the 17BM03MM movement is a stunner, with dark-gray-finished plates and attractive texturing and finishing. All the Pininfarina watches have a decidedly modern edge to them compared to a lot of the classic or Old World, “artistically dense” design style that many people associated with Bovet.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Even as a ritzy tourbillon-laden timepiece the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon still feels like a sport watch with the highly legible hands and indicators as well as the very light feeling on the wrist. The rubber strap has a nice deep blue Alcantara-lining, and allows for an overall very comfy fit – an even comfier fit if you have really large wrists given how the larger-feeling case fits.

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement architecture and skeletonization is pure “haute horology” with a range of fine yet modern decorative details and finishing. I am aware that the design of Bovet timepieces makes them not suitable for everyone, but I still believe most watch lovers can easily rally behind the execution of technique and skill in these watches. Moreover, how often to have a watch that so conspicuously features a large flying tourbillon and also has brightly SuperLumiNova-painted hands (note that on these prototype models, the hands were hand-painted so the lume appears uneven).

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bovet will produce the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon as a limited edition of just 86 pieces. That includes all three case styles which are available as the reference TPINS002 in 18k red gold, the TPINS001 in natural titanium, and the TPINS003 in DLC-coated black titanium. Last, it appears that Bovet has also updated the warranty on their watches (at least some of them) in light of moves by other watch industry players, so the Bovet Pininfarina OttantaSei 10-Day Tourbillon will have a movement warranty of five years. Price is $165,000 in titanium and $180,000 in 18k red gold. bovet.com

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  • Nice to see traditional Bovet idioms reinterpreted to yield a decidedly modern look – guess we have Pininfarina to thank for that. Not sure that the power reserve indicator needs to be as large as the time display, but it does give visual balance.

    • DanW94

      Mark, I agree. It’s nice to see something from Bovet that doesn’t look like it was commissioned by the court of Louis XVI. And you’re right, the double dials offsetting the tourbillon gives it a nice symmetry. That rubber strap is awful though….

  • Howie Boyd

    I looked and looked and never did see the partial seconds indicator scale printed on the one of the main crystals. That’s a nice looking movement. But, especially since they are not making it a pocket watch convertible, why not ditch the top crown and go with standard lugs? I guess they’re planning on the 17BM03MM movement in other models and don’t want to re-layout everything.

  • Gary Aerne

    I really like the clean clear look of this watch. The blue really makes it pop!!

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t think we actually get a look at the sapphire detail on the crown? Or am I missing a photo.

    Regardless, nice, but not for me. As usual with Bovet. I will always appreciate that they have a very defined design DNA that makes them immediately recognizable from across the room.

    Same about the 2.5hz part though. Yes it gives you a better look at stuff in action, but higher rates make for smoother action and improved accuracy.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I wondered about the sapphire detail on the crown also. Can find no picture of it

  • BNABOD

    the lugs I just no no I can’t . feels like a watch that started as a pocket watch but a the last second morphed into a wrist watch. aside from that not much to say aside from Pininfarina self and Co have designed some awesome things over the years.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    From now on I demand all watches / time pieces to have a bow crown, it totally makes more sense for the user (you think they’ll listen to me ). unfortunately, that is the only redeeming part of this piece. I just think skeleton watches just look cheap, caused by the influx of the Asian market. Ok its a fine movement but someone is having a laugh with the size of the power reserve. No date, no deal. .

    • Shinytoys

      Ray, you are a tough man to please 🙂

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Am Scottish. It’s a national trait : )

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Ay and it’s a “bullhead” ?’haid’ in the Scots Gaelic.

  • wallydog2

    So the actual watch is < 25% of the dial area? Same size as the power reserve? I'd have to wear my drug store reading glasses. Otherwise, cute…I guess. $180,000 cute.
    For those with more dollars than sense?

  • JimBob

    Yeah, maybe go regulator style and add a small power reserve somewhere.

  • Shinytoys

    Love me some Bovet! !

  • wallydog2

    It looks like a toy watch.

    • Toys for (rich) boys

      • Boogur T. Wang

        Give me a clue here – does a tourbillon actually do anything ?
        I mean beyond the “neat” factor.
        Increase accuracy? Better durability?
        What?

        • Louis Abraham Breguet invented the toubillon (French for whirlwind) and actually put the first one in a John Arnold (as in Arnold & Son) watch. In various positions (face up, crown up, etc.) gravity has an effect on the timing as there is more friction in some positions than others. So Breguet’s idea was that if the escapement (lever and wheel) rotated that the effects of gravity could be averaged out over the various positions. But only in a single axis, so 4 of the 6 positions (think sides on a cube) would be accounted for. Multiple axis tourbillons, like Greubel Forsey is fond of doing, can account for another axis (to get the last 2 positions). Triple axis tourbillons are completely not needed from a physics standpoint – 2 axis will do fine thank you. So the tourbillon was invented to improve accuracy as watches, unlike stationary clocks, often have their orientation changed during operation (in pocket = crown up during the day and face up on the bedstand at night). Note that the face up at night in this example is not helped by a single axis tourbillon – pretty funny if you think about the original intention.

          So why to we have them today (with watches that are already accurate enough – or else you’d get a quartz)? Simply because the spinning cage, lever and escape wheel (the more visible part) is neat to look at. Tourbillons that are not exposed on either side of a watch are a bit of a waste as they really are eye candy. The reason they cost so much is that there are more parts and the cage, case and gears are little buggers which are hard to make and harder to assemble. And the Swiss (unlike the Chinese) generally reserve them for their high end pieces. A few years ago I bought a Chinese tourbillon for $500. So if you can live without hand finishing, it is possible to enjoy a whirlwind for less than the 5 or 6 figure prices you find on Swiss or German tourbillons.

          Regarding durability – more tiny parts – do the math…

          Cheers.

          • Boogur T. Wang

            Mr. Carson, Thank you for that explanation.

          • hatster

            I love the watch and the fact that I understand the toubillon a little more makes this article all the more useful. Thank you Ariel and Mark.

  • Nelson

    The hands look like eyes. They keep staring

  • Nateb123

    Never been a fan of Bovet but I do find that winding mechanism very cool. Would be a treat to watch as you wind it too.

    That said you can find a ring that does the same thing and costs about 50 bucks.

  • Roma KLM

    What is so delightful in observing own arm through a transparent dial? It’s not for me.

  • funNactive

    Interesting to look at. Definitely the most prominent power reserve indicator I have seen on a watch.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Yummy. The black titanium one for me please. Would look great next to my Steel Time Pyramid. Now I just to dig up the money for a Time Pyramid and then this beauty. It is really great to see how they are updating a traditional design to a modern taste.

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