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Bovet tackles daylight saving time with the novel Récital 28 “Prowess 1”

Swiss watchmaker Bovet’s five years of dedication yielded a trailblazing world-first watchmaking feat, which is limited to only eight pieces.

Understanding Daylight Savings Time (DST), and the chaos that they present in timekeeping, has been a challenge world-over. Lives and travel plans are thrown in a tizzy for a day at least, if not more. Watches and clocks have to be reset. Overseas connections are apologised to for a change in time, again. And for decades, the world hasn’t come to a consensus for a settled world time. For watchmakers, with all the inventions in watches that could tell time anywhere in the world, the problem of DST hadn’t been solved, until now, thanks to Bovet.

Bovet Recital 28 Prowess 1 Daylight savings watch

Bovet has come up with a world-first solution, and has introduced the Récital 28 “Prowess 1”. This marks a groundbreaking advancement in timekeeping technology, a rare one in the industry, where not many new watchmaking technologies were coming up. The Prowess is specifically designed to address the complexities of Daylight Saving Time (DST) adjustments, and the world is certainly a better place for it!

Unlike traditional world time watches, the Prowess incorporates an innovative roller system, enabling seamless adjustment to any of the 24 global time zones, including UTC, American Summertime, Europe and America Summertime, and European Wintertime. Pushing the crown rotates each individual cylinder 90 degrees, so every time zone can be individually set and read accordingly. According to the official statement, the date roller is based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci, chosen because the technical department needed a solution where the gearing wasn’t too tight.

Bovet Recital 28 Prowess 1 Daylight savings watch

Adding to its complexity, the watch features a perpetual calendar, is regulated by an oversized flying tourbillon, and boasts a remarkable 10-day power reserve from a single barrel. No other timepiece has achieved this level of mechanical intricacy. Each component undergoes meticulous hand-finishing, with all movement bridges meticulously hand-decorated and engraved.

The day of the week is displayed on a horizontally oriented wheel at the 9 o’clock position. Furthermore, the date, leap year indicator, and month are featured on rollers. When it reaches the last day of the month, the date rolls back like a slot machine.

Bovet Recital 28 Prowess 1 Daylight savings watch

Drawing upon its rich heritage in crafting multiple time zone timepieces, such as dual time, three-time zone, and world time timepieces, Bovet has dedicated over five years to the development of the Récital 28 Prowess 1.

Bovet’s owner, Pascal Raffy, explained, “With the Récital 28 Prowess 1, we are solving the terrestrial time problem with a world timer that can be adjusted for all the variations in timekeeping around the world. With this timepiece, you will never be at a loss for what time it is anywhere in the world.”

Bovet Recital 28 Prowess 1 Daylight savings watch

Only eight timepieces per year are available in 18K Red Gold, 950 Platinum, and polished Grade 5 Titanium. This watchmaking feat and a masterpiece of compilation of gears and wheels, Bovet’s Recital 28 ‘Prowess 1” is worth the price – whatever that may be.

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