Innovation is the name of the game in luxury today and The House of Bovet 1822 takes it to the next level with the first-of-its-kind sugar dial. The idea of using pure sugar crystals was conceived by Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet 1822, and after two years of research, development, and testing, the new Miss Audrey Sweet Art watch was born.
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The dial of each timepiece is embedded with hundreds of sugar crystals, and the process of creating each dial is laborious.
First, the pure sugar crystals are treated so that their structure remains unchanged when exposed to light or heat. Basically, the watch face shouldn’t melt. Then the sweet crystals are chosen for size then combined with special bio-degradable lacquer paints and hand-applied to the dial by one of Bovet’s miniature painting artisans. The crystals are gently pushed around to obtain their colour and depth of hue. No two crystals are exactly the same, resulting in a dial that can never be replicated. Once in place, the dials are dried in an oven or kiln. The whole process of selection, painting and situating them takes more than three hours per dial, not including the drying time.
Bovet further sweetens the deal with whimsical hands that line up once every hour and five minutes, when the minute hand catches up to the hour hand, to form a heart shape.
The signature 36mm Fleurier Amadéo® convertible case that houses the dial is crafted in stainless steel and finished with diamonds. The versatile watch can transform into a wristwatch, table clock or pendant, all without the use of any tool.
The bow and bezel of each piece are iced with103 round-cut diamonds, and finished with an alligator strap. Beneath each confectionery dial is the automatic caliber 11BA15, with a 42-hour power reserve. Available in gradient blues, purples, greens, and reds, these sugar coated goodies look tempting enough to eat.
The original Miss Audrey model is a winner of the Ladies’ Watch category of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2020, aka the watchmaking Oscars. The Audrey model is named after Bovet owner Pascal Raffy’s daughter.
The luxury watch retails for approximately $25,000.