An enduring watchmaking legend Switzerland has mastered the art of watchmaking for over two centuries, largely due to the impetus of certain exceptional individuals. The great names of Swiss watchmaking have been forged by men endowed with inventive genius or innate business acumen. Over several generations, these firms have drawn upon their family resources in pursuing their development, but in cases where the lineage has been interrupted they have often needed to call upon external talents to ensure their survival. It is undoubtedly this new blood that has enabled watch companies founded in the 18th and 19th centuries to achieve the flourishing health they currently enjoy. BOVET is a classic example of this phenomenon. Four successive generations of the Bovet family headed the company after its creation in 1822 by Edouard Bovet, himself the son of a watchmaker. But when the Bovets gave up watchmaking, the name they had created was too precious to simply vanish. Other watchmakers took up the reins in order to perpetuate the tradition. Today, almost two centuries after the firm was established by Edouard Bovet, Pascal Raffy, owner of BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738, has given it a fresh boost in order to ensure the future of one of the greatest Swiss watchmaking legends. In the BOVET tradition, the purpose of a timepiece is to stir emotions in response to a new aesthetic impression. But if originality is to be truly valuable, it must be based on meticulous workmanship executed with genuine passion. Originality also implies risktaking. Like other adventurers, Edouard Bovet was a visionary when he set his sights on the Far East and discovered that his timepieces fascinated art connoisseurs even on the other side of the world. This belief in the universal nature of good taste has re-established the name of BOVET among a circle of devotees who appreciate the finest interpretations of the watchmaking art.
Two centuries after Edouard Bovet, Pascal Raffy is perpetuating peerless expertise by magnifying the watchmaking decorative arts. The maxim that accompanied the certificates of origin at the dawn of the 20th century is also as relevant as ever and admirably exemplified in the most complicated timepiece certified to date by the Fleurier Quality Foundation.