Snailed barrel drums and covers, circular-grained open ratchet with 5 arms, chamfered and polished by hand Wheels and pinions Circular-grained wheels, hand-polished mouldings and chamfersBurnished pivots with rounded and burnished endsSprings, jumpers and steel partsFine brushed, drawn flanks, chamfered and polished by hand (no “wire” springs)Automatic Off-centered platinum micro-rotor, shot-blasted, chamfered and circular- grainedTourbillonRotation 1 turn in 80secBalancing By special Pininfarina screwTourbillon bridges Stainless steel, block polished, drawn flanks, chamfered and polished by hand, sinks polished by hand, fine-brushed underneathCage bridge Stainless steel, block polished, chamfered and polished by hand on both sidesCage wheel Stainless steel, circular-grained, chamfered and polished by hand on both sidesBalance Inertia: 9.80mg/cm2Mass: 72mgArms in a figure of 8 shape within a 0 (evoking the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina)Rim and 4 special Pininfarina screws in CuBé treated in blue PininfarinaPVD, block-polished.Tech specs from Bovet:MovementCalibre Bovet 16BA01Diameter 36.00mmHeight 12.60mmNumber of componentsComplete movement 514Tourbillon cage 70Big date 75Number of jewels 62Power reserve 80 hours minimumFrequency 21,600 Ah (3Hz)All components are developed, manufactured and decorated by Dimier 1738 according to criteria defined by the Fleurier Quality Foundation.Base plateMaterial BrassDecoration Sand-blasted, drawn flanks, micro circular graining (1738 grains Ø 1.50mm), chamfered and polished by hand, hand-polished sinksColour finish NACBridgesCase back sideMaterial BrassDecoration Sand-blasted, drawn flanks, micro circular graining (grains with Ø 1.50 and 1.00mm), chamfered and polished by hand, hand-polished sinks, rear display bridge with vertical Côtes de Genève and circular bipolar Clou de ParisColour finish NACDial sideMaterial BrassDecoration Sand-blasted, drawn flanks, chamfered and polished by hand, vertical Côtes de Genève on underside, circular grainedColour finish NACBarrels 2 barrels in series.
I do find it interesting that the watch is totally reversible, and attractive on both sides. Bovet claims that the process of "changing" the watch is pretty smooth. This mostly involves removing the straps or re-attaching them. The Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch will likely dazzle enough collectors, and is certainly a good addition to Bovet's collection that needs a few more "modern" pieces in its lineup. Price is going to be about $280,000 - to $300,000.On the side of a case is a minute repeater style lever, but it is used to flip the watch over or transform it into one of its other forms. The movement alone has 514 parts, and is interestingly made mostly from brass. Quite beautiful in design and decoration. The type of movement you feel proud taking home to mother.Even with all the decor and skeletonization, the watch dial itself isn't hard to read. Chalk that up to large, lumed hands and a dedicated hour marker ring around the dial. Using the watch as a pocket watch or table clock isn't going to be very common I suppose. But Bovet is all into the "multi-purpose" luxury watch when you are spending the big dollars.
You can see the large pocket watch style crown at the top of the watch with the guard over it. Most Bovet watches share this design trait.Inside the watch is a marvelous movement that looks as good as it should operate. It is the automatic Bovet made Calibre 16BA01. It has a micro-rotor in solid platinum on the rear of the watch, and a number of functions. The Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch has the time (with smaller single hand dial on the back of the watch), special seconds hands that makes a revolution each three minutes, but has indicators for each minute, big date indicator, power reserve indicator (watch has about 80 hours of power reserve), and a unique 80 second tourbillon.As such, this watch clearly fits into the convertible watch list that I wrote about here.There will be three versions of the Bovet Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch, one with this DLC coated steel and titanium case, and another two models in titanium, with either 18k white or rose gold bezels instead of the black DLC bezel. The case is going to be 46mm wide and very complex in construction. There are 8 phrases engraved on the side of the case that each represent one decade of Pininfarina's existence. See below for the text of the phrases (you will have to translate them). The case is attractive. Nothing ultra-exciting, but then again, I might have to get my hands on it to change my opinion. This is often the case with such timepieces.
The time can be read from both sides (though the small one-handed dial on the rear of the watch isn't as precise as the time on the main dial. The watch can also be taken off the wrist straps and used as a pocket watch or a table clock. It comes with a little stand as well as a titanium pocket watch chain. Finally debuted, this is the new ultra high-end watch based on the partnership between watch maker Bovet and famous design house Pininfarina. The watch is also a loose celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary. The watch shares both the Bovet and Pininfarina name on the dial. The famous design firm is probably best known for their contributions to Italian car maker Ferrari. Visually a Bovet, the new Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch proudly displays the modern style and use of innovative materials that Pininfarina is accustomed to showcases in their designs. The watch has far too many little technical details to cover by me, so below this article I will place some tech specs direct from Bovet. The watch will come out soon and be limited to just 80 pieces.The Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch can be worn in few different watches. First, the case can be placed in a special alcantara-style calf leather strap to be worn on the wrist. The case is reversible, meaning that it can be mounted with the front or back facing you.
You can toggle the on-screen keyboard on andoff from the command toolbar. To open the command toolbar from any screen, makea single upward stroke going from left to right.I have to reiterate that data input is probably the one thing that impressed memost about this watch. I wouldn't want to write a novel on it, and I still preferqwerty thumb boards when I can get them (like on my Sidekick II), but for takingdown quick notes and contact information, the Abacus Wrist PDA is very usable.Customizing the Wrist PDAThe Abacus Wrist PDA can be customized to some extent. Of course you have the11 different watch faces I mentioned above for customizing watch mode, but thePDA mode can be customized as well, primarily through the Prefs application. Youhave all your standard Palm preferences (time and date formats, number formats,sound settings, etc.), but there is also a Wrist PDA section which allows you tocustomize a few additional functions.I found that a fullsized stylus is the only way to go with this watch. I have a combination pen/stylus/laser-pointerwhich works beautifully with the Wrist PDA, and made writing on the LCD surprisinglyeasy. If you decide to pick one of these watches up, I strongly recommend keepingeither a pen stylus, or even a standard replacement PDA stylus that you can buyfrom any office supply store, in an easily accessible pocket. In fact, this wouldbe a very cool accessory for Fossil to consider including. Using JotGone are days of the esoteric hieroglyphics known as Graffiti. Although I wasonce quite the Graffiti master, after using several other handwriting recognitionsystems, I now recognize Graffiti as the menace its name implies. Thankfully, the AbacusWrist PDA uses either Jot or Graffiti 2, and it uses both quite well. Data inputwas my biggest concern with the Wrist PDA, and I'm happy to report that it's actuallyfar better than I expected.Jot allows you to write on a large portion of the screen as opposed to confiningyou to a tiny quadrant as the old Palms did. Use the left side of the screen forlowercase letters, the center for uppercase letters, and the right side for numbers.You can have a little arrow appear at the top center of the screen to help youvisually divide the writing su***ce by checking the "show mode mark" inthe Jot configuration application. Selecting is also surprisingly easy. Doubletap on a word to select it, or tap and hold until the watch chirps, then drag toselect only a portion of a word or sentence.If Jot is not your thing, you can use the old on-screen keyboard, but for this,you will have to have bionic eyes.