Récital 22 Grand Récital wristwatch puts on an astronomical show

    Some wrist watches tell time. Others try to do a bit more. Case in point is Swiss watchmaker Bovet’s new Récital 22 Grand Récital (yes, that’s two Récitals). This haute horlogerie timepiece designed by Bovet owner Pascal Raffy is also a tellurium-orrery that shows the dance between the Earth, Sun, and Moon, with a flying tourbillon playing the part of the Sun.

    Installing the retrograde minute hand

    Even at first glance, the Récital 22 Grand Récital is a remarkable combination of craftsmanship and playfulness. You can tell the time with it, though it does take a bit of practice because of the way the hours, minutes and seconds are displayed. But what really stands out is the astronomical theater at the heart of the watch.

    Down at the six o’clock position is the Récital 22 Grand Récital’s flying tourbillon carriage, which is raised above the surface of the movement and surrounded by a titanium carriage bridge. Riding on it is a handcrafted three-dimensional representation of the Sun. The tourbillon rotates every 60 seconds with an indicator fixed directly to the carriage wheel to count off the seconds in 20 second increments.
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