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  1. Top 50 Watches 2018
September 10, 2018


By Will Grice

The third in an important trilogy of astronomical watches, the newest Bovet 1822 watch was several years in the making and holds an incredible five patents. The independent Swiss watch brand delivers a complete working tellurium orrery — a real-time mechanical rendition of the Earth, the moon and the sun. It also has a patented, raised double-sided tourbillon; hand-painted topographical map of Earth; a moon phase accurate for 122 years; retrograde indications of the minutes and the power reserve; and a complete perpetual calendar. Easily one of the world’s most complicated timepieces, with 472 components, the Récital 22 Grand Récital depicts the hours in 24-hour format via a hand beneath the Earth orb. The Earth rotates on its own axis, and a moon orbits it in the exact synodic time frame of 29.53 days. In addition to mechanical mastery, the watch boasts artistic elegance thanks to hand painting and harmonious design. Just 60 pieces of the stunning watch will be made.

$470,000, available at Cellini Jewelers in New York, contact Leon Adams, owner,, +1 212 888 0505,

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