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Bovet x Pininfarina Aperto 1

Mechanical Mastery Meets the Future of High Watchmaking. Unveiling the BOVET x Pininfarina
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Blending Past, Present and Future
The Project

Aperto 1: the skeleton of the future

Bovet and Pininfarina introduce Aperto 1 and unveil a highly contemporary take on this traditional design ethic.  
This exciting new timepiece from the Houses of BOVET and Pininfarina combines the traditional arts of skeletonizing and exquisite finishing with innovation in materials and a thoroughly futuristic design. In addition, the BOVET Aperto 1 incorporates a brand-new system which makes exchanging the timepiece’s straps simple and effortless.

The Way

Simplicity, Transparency and Lightness

The BOVET Aperto 1 is a mechanical watchmaking masterpiece that redefines the traditional skeleton’s delicate, technical, and aesthetic role. It signals a bold new approach for the future of skeletonized high watchmaking. Transcending the ordinary, the timepiece continues to place the intricate dance of gears and mechanics on full display, while at the same time adding a new ingredient – supreme versatility.

The designers were requested to conceive a more versatile and modern interpretation of the age-old art of skeletonization, opening everything for all to see. Simplicity, transparency, and Lightness are expressed in a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic, emphasizing all-round usability, offering a high level of flexibility to the timepiece’s owner.

The result is an exciting, almost playfully modern timepiece which pays homage to the open-work watchmaking genre while transforming the visual appeal of a skeletonized timepiece into a more robust expression, perfectly adapted to our modern-day environment.

Drawing inspiration from Pininfarina’s vast repertoire including sport cars, yachts, airplanes, architecture and furniture, the Aperto 1 exudes a perfect balance of  elegance, savoire-faire and functionality, together with a spirited sporty character. With Aperto 1, time is revealed in its purset and most contemporary form yet.

The Idea

A masterpiece of Engineering and Design

The BOVET Aperto 1 is powered by a brand-new, hand-wound, open-worked manufacture movement that captures the essence of futuristic high watchmaking with its impeccable design and precision engineering, reduced to its bare essentials. Its open-worked movement has had everything extraneous removed: its bridges and plates all merging in the center of the movement. Thanks to sapphire crystals on both sides, the in-house movement architecture of this timepiece is on full display. Aperto 1 features a 42mm grade 5 Titanium case that is sandblasted in such a way that fingerprints will not show after handling. The movement itself is coated with black and tantalum grey treatments, highlighting its cutting[1]edge architecture. The movement components are all crafted in-house by BOVET, open-worked and finished by hand to perfection. Each movement undergoes at least 10 hours of hand-finishing just for the plates and bridges alone. The techniques used include: PVD or CVD coating (depending on the color); bead blasting (challenging not to deform the components and to keep a uniform orientation of the grains); graining of the flanks; polishing of the bevels; polishing of stone gouges and screws; perlage, circular Côtes de Genève; polishing, and anglage. This extraordinary level of attention to detail, beloved by collectors, should be viewed through a loupe to be completely appreciated. Ultimate finesse is required of BOVET’s dedicated artisans due to the movement parts being coated before assembly. Great care must be exercised not to damage the coatings in any way. One slip of a tool during assembly and the component must be discarded. A significant and distinguishing feature of the Aperto 1 is its unique approach to interchangeable straps inspired by BOVET’s patented Amadeo system. Ultimate versatility is the result. Using a completely new system created exclusively for Aperto 1, the owner is able to change the straps in just a few seconds by simply activating the pushers to remove each strap and insert an alternative one. The system couldn’t be easier or quicker, underlining the attention to the needs of collectors that defines all BOVET timepieces. Each Aperto 1 comes with two straps, and additional straps may be purchased through authorized BOVET retailers.