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Swiss timepiece celebrates Pininfarina’s hyper GT, the Battista

Bovet 1822 produces its first wristwatch with asymmetric dials


You’ve spent $2.25 million to get one of the Pininfarina Battista electric hyper GT cars, so you may as well spend a little more and get the watch the car inspired. Automobili Pininfarina Battista and Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1822 have announced the release of the Bovet Battista Tourbillon timepiece.

“Since the day we first connected with Pascal Raffy and the artisans of Bovet 1822, we felt mutually inspired by the opportunity to create another art form for clients desiring the pinnacle in design and watchmaking,” Pininfarina chief executive Per Svantesson is quoted in the news release. “With the unveiling of our first timepiece, we aim to showcase another step forward in the world of artisanal horology.”

But keeping track of time on the new watch will take some adjustment since it is the first in the nearly 200-year history of Bovet 1822 to have asymmetric dials. It’s designed to reflect the Battista’s Triangolo pattern, while together forming the shape of the number 90, a reference to the Battista Anniversario and Pininfarina’s 90-year heritage. 

“Inspiration came from Battista’s beautiful exterior curves and detailing,” the news release reports. “The design teams took these shapes and created watch hands, bridges, dials, and other structures that connect the design of Battista to the timepiece, with fluid, Pininfarina-style shapes such as the flying bridge above the two main dials of the timepiece.”

The watch has a 45.6-millimeter case (1.79 inches) case with two large sapphire crystals and a double-face tourbillon running at 18,000 vibrations per hour. It also has a 10-day power reserve with a dial indicating the power remaining before the watch needs to be rewound. The watch is available in titanium, rose gold, platinum and bespoke models.

“The world is becoming more sustainable and the future is in electric cars,” Bovet 1822 owner Pascal Raffy is quoted. “This is what is so exciting about the beautiful Battista, which combines engineering excellence with hand-made attention to detail, like the fine timepieces of the House of Bovet. 

“Automobili Pininfarina is inspiring us to use new methods and materials, and look at our processes with an eye to sustainability as well.

“Luxury cars and timepieces share the same values: exceptional design and performance. When you start a project and there is no interest other than the pursuit of perfection, passions do not just add up – they multiply.”

Pricing of the timepiece was not revealed, but if you can afford the car, you likely can afford to wear the watch as well.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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