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The watch can be worn on the wrist, used as a pocket-watch, or placed within the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail to be used as the vehicle's own timepiece.

10 Jun 2021 | International News : U.K.


In a spirit of warm collaboration, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Swiss master watchmakers, BOVET 1822, have created a pair of unique timepieces for owners of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. This ambitious undertaking brought together designers, engineers, and craftspeople from both luxury marques, in a demonstration of their shared values of innovation and attention to detail.

The timepieces are unique to both the horological and automotive worlds. Made as a pair in lady's and gentleman's versions, they are housed in BOVET 1822's patented Amadeo case, which allows them to be worn on the wrist, used as a pocket-watch, or placed within the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail's centre console fascia as the vehicle's own timepiece.

The watch can be placed within the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail's centre console fascia as the vehicle's own timepiece
The timepieces created for the Boat Tail have specially designed 18K white gold cases and feature matching front dials with the same veneer found on the aft deck of Boat Tail itself, and are finished with the owners' names.

On the reverse side, the dials are more individual. The gentleman's variant features a dial with the celestial arrangement of the night sky on his birth date, and the lady's is decorated with an ornate miniature painting of a flower bouquet on a mother-of-pearl dial. Both reverse dials have hand-engraved Bespoke sculptures of Boat Tail, complete with wheels, door handle, mirrors, and other fine details.

Further close cooperation was required to ensure the timepieces conformed to the demands of their unique role as motor car clocks. Both the timepiece and its holder were tested to automotive-industry standards for vibration and crash safety - something never previously undertaken on mechanisms of this kind.

At a conservative estimate, the timepieces' design, engineering, and production took a total of 3,000 hours to complete.

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