Replica Watches — Dedicated to the illustrious enameller and jeweller Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, the exhibition presents some of the Bovet timepieces arising from his partnership with the Maison.
At the dawn of the 19th century, Edouard Bovet took the decorative arts – and miniature enameling in particular – to new heights, establishing the standards of Swiss watchmaking in the process.
Today, Pascal Raffy, the owner of Bovet 1822 and the Dimier 1738 Manufacture, is once again asserting his desire to safeguard and perpetuate the traditional decorative arts of watchmaking consistent with the noblest expression of time. In his new collection, he has naturally employed the same working methods, the same techniques and the same rigor as his illustrious predecessors. Moreover, the shared values for uniqueness and passion for fine art has brought together Mr. Raffy and Ilgiz Fazulzyanov.
The specialists designate Ilgiz Fazulzyanov as the heir of the most illustrious enameller of history as Lissignol, Richter, Liotard or even Huaut.
But on top of a mind-blowing technical and artistic know-how of miniature painting in « grand feu » enamel, Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is one of the most well-known creative jewellers of his generation. The exclusive collection of true pieces that Bovet1822 and Ilgiz F. are unveiling puts itself in the direct line of the historical pocket watches made by the Bovet brothers. The first accomplishments of this collection focus around 2 themes. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse for the men’s timepieces and nature and the floral themes for the women.
Ilgiz F.‘s exceptional jewellery talent combined with the Bovet’s watchmaking excellency has decided the Kremlin to open its doors for a unique exhibit. Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is therefore the first jeweller to be invited at the Kremlin Museum since Pierre- Karl Fabergé in 1917 and some of the Bovet timepieces arising from this partnership will be exhibited.
Happening from March 31st to July 31st 2016, this unique exhibit shows how much the watchmaking arts are present in the history of art as well as their universal characters. The first page of history of the House of Bovet starts when in 1818 Edouard Bovet sold 4 pocket watches to the Emperor of China who became a devoted collector. It is the extraordinary heritage that links the rooms of the Forbidden City to the vastness of the Kremlin which summarises this exhibit.