Bovet Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey: The World’s Most Versatile Ladies’ Watch, And One Of The Prettiest
by Martin Green
Siblings, despite their blood bond, are never the same. Not only might they look physically different, but their characters can also be quite distinct from one another.
This is also the case with the two new models in Bovet’s Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey collection: what they have in common highlighting that they are members of the same family is the patented Amadéo case allowing the watch to be used as a pendant, pocket or wristwatch, and even as a small table clock. A quick-release system makes changes possible in seconds.
This flexibility is one of the things that makes these watches so terribly appealing because in each configuration, the watches can be appreciated in a different way.
Size it up
Bovet opted for a 36 mm diameter, which is almost the perfect size for a ladies watch as it gives the brand’s designers plenty of space to work with without the watch losing its elegance. While I expected precious metals to be used for these cases, they are crafted in hardier stainless steel.
This is a clear indication that these watches are meant to be enjoyed on a daily basis, with the added robustness of the stainless steel added insurance for its owner. In combination with the brilliant-cut diamonds decorating the bezel and bow of the watch, there is also another argument for stainless steel.
While it is a more challenging material to set with diamonds, it can also be polished to get more reflection of light, which increases the fire and scintillation of the gems.
Different in character
The two new watches in the Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey collection get a lot of their character from their dials. In both cases, they are set with four brilliant-cut diamonds with white-metal hour markers between them. They also share the same type of hands, but that’s where the similarities end.
One features a guilloche dial with a vibrant green flashing a variety of different verdant hues depending on the light: it can be as green as grass or a deeper fresh pine tree tone. Unlike the version with blue aventurine glass, this one also has a date function. Especially when intended for daily wear, for many the date will tip the balance in its favor.
However, the Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey in blue aventurine glass is not giving up without a fight. As is customary with aventurine, it looks like you are staring into the depths of the universe. I agree with Bovet that a date would be a severe eyesore on such a dial, like a manmade satellite ruining a perfect view into space.
Because of its color and matching blue strap, this is also the version that is perhaps a bit more under the radar than its green sibling. Even then, you will catch plenty of glances as the bow’s unique shape and the diamond setting naturally draw attention.
Both watches are powered by Caliber 11BA15. While this movement is not as spectacular as some others from Bovet, it is still made at the brand’s regal factory. While this says much about its quality, I find the power reserve of 42 hours – not even two full days – a bit on the low side. This means that its doesn’t even stay wound over the weekend, and I do think that that is the minimum we rightfully can expect from a modern-day mechanical watch.
Sacrificing form for function
Both the new models in the Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey collection can also be worn around the neck as a pendant watch. They come on delicate necklaces made of jade beads of different sizes for the green guilloche version and matching blue aventurine glass for the other, whose dial is also made of this material.
Both watches take on a jewelry role with their stunning dials and diamond settings. For this, some function has to be sacrificed because telling the time becomes quite challenging, requiring the wearer to twist the watch when picking it up to look at the time. This is because the necklace is connected to the watch at the 12 o’clock position and not at 6 o’clock as is customary with a pendant watch.
While this is a pity, I cannot think of another watch that can be worn with such elegance in four different ways. While these watches don’t lack character to begin with, this aspect makes them so much more versatile.
By being worn in different ways and/or being placed on the desk or nightstand, these Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey models become more a part of their wearers’ lives than most other watches can even fathom.
That is the true power of the Amadéo collection; the exquisite dials and diamond settings are merely the cherry on top.
For more information, please visit www.bovet.com/fr/timepiece/fleurier-miss-audrey.
Quick Facts Amadéo Fleurier 36 Miss Audrey
Case: 36 x 11 mm, stainless steel, convertible system allowing it to be worn as a wristwatch, pendant, or used as a table clock, 103 brilliant-cut diamonds on bezel and bow (0.99 ct), sapphire cabochons on bow and crown
Dial: green-galvanized guilloche or blue aventurine
Movement: automatic Caliber 11BA15, 42-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency
Functions: hours, minutes; date (green version)
Price: CHF 20,500
Remark: five-year warranty