Time Flies

When Pininfarina, best known for mind-bogglingly-beautiful cars, gets involved in timepieces, the result is guaranteed to be a show-stopper.
Words by Bill Lindsey | June 29, 2022 | Luxury

It’s difficult to not stare at this intriguing, mesmerizing timepiece. Inspired by the Pininfarina Battista, an all-electric supercar named for the firm’s founder, this Bovet masterpiece allows you to observe the actual passing of time. Rather than a traditional dial, an unimpeded, 3D-ish view of the mechanism in action is combined with hour marks around the outer rim, with a power reserve between the 10- and 11-o’clock positions, a date window between 2- and 3-o’clock and a view of tourbillon action at 6-o’clock. Instead of using off-the-shelf components, the movement was designed specifically for this watch, with a 10-day power reserve and a patented double-face tourbillon that runs at 18,000 vibrations per minute. The substantial 45.6mm casing also features a clear exhibition case back, allowing a rarely-available view from both directions. A black strap with blue accents holds the watch securely in place;