Bovet 1822 makes history with the release of their new Miss Audrey Sweet
Art collection of watches with dials made from pure sugar crystals. This is the first watch of its kind to boasts such a confection. These unique, candy-coloured luxury watches are as sweet as they are stylish.
We have seen watch dials transform from solid pieces of metal to unique materials such as feather, straw and wood, throughout the years. But now, the house of Bovet 1822 takes the concept of the dial as a canvas to a whole new level, revolutionising time with an art form and material never before used or even imagined in watchmaking.
Thanks to modern technological developments, innovation in materials and processes, and the masterful art of miniature painting, Bovet revolutionises the way we see sugar and watch dials. Two years in the research, developing and testing stages, the idea of using pure sugar crystals for the dial was conceived by Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet 1822 for the past two decades.
“To celebrate women everywhere, Bovet is introducing the Miss Audrey Sweet Art with a very special dial made from pure sugar, something which has never been done in the long history of watchmaking,” says Raffy. “This patented process, which will not degrade over time or even in extremes of temperature, is very artisanal. The individual sugar crystals are coloured and then put in place one by one, like a miniature painting. The result is extraordinarily beautiful.”
To create each sugary dial, the master artisan uses a fine tweezer and microscope and deftly chooses the suitable sized crystals for the piece- they must be low enough that the hands don’t scrape the sugar crystals and cause a breakdown. Once these crystals are selected, they are lacquered and painted and applied to the rhodium-treated brass dial. No two crystals are the same, with some being a solid colour and others being gradient.
The entire process of creating the crystals takes about a week. However, choosing them, painting them, placing them onto the dial takes more than three hours per dial. The finished dial offers a shimmering delight of texture, colour and sparkle- attracting the eye like the finest of confections.
For the unveiling of the Miss Audrey Sweet Art, there are four initial renditions, including a black and blue gradient sugar crystal dial, a black and green gradient, a gold and pink gradient and a blue and grey gradient dial. Other dial colours include purple, blue, black, grey, green, pink or yellow crystals or a gradient of those colours. By its design, each dial is a unique piece. This whimsical touch is complemented with a 36mm Fleurier Amadeo steel case set with diamonds. The patented convertible case allows it to go from a wristwatch to a table clock or even a pendant that can be worn around the neck.