The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Timepieces: An Artistic Collaboration With Bovet 1822

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Timepieces Collaboration With Bovet 1822
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Timepieces
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Timepieces

“Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a pure expression of its owners’ interests, influences, and passions, with every detail minutely considered. We have enjoyed working with BOVET 1822 to create a pair of exquisite timepieces that also serve as Boat Tail’s dashboard clocks. In doing so we have together created historically significant items of detail, precision, and beauty. These remarkable objets d’art, unique to the first iteration of Boat Tail, represent the finest examples of the skills and values shared by our two great luxury Houses.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“I am so proud of the BOVET 1822 team, who worked in tandem with their counterparts at Rolls-Royce to produce something truly spectacular. The owners of the coach-built car, and these bespoke timepieces, are personal friends, as well as valued collectors of BOVET 1822. It was important to do the very best for them – two completely unique pieces that are unlike anything we have ever done before.”

Pascal Raffy, Owner, BOVET 1822


The clock in a Rolls-Royce engine vehicle habitually accepts a gem-like status, regularly turning into material for the customer to recount the account of their bonus in little. For Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, the as of late divulged, first of three, coachbuilt manifestations, in which each component has been made to the proprietors’ accurate details, this notable highlight has been raised to new specialized and tasteful statures.

In a feeling of warm cooperation, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Swiss expert watchmakers, BOVET 1822, have made a couple of extraordinary watches for Boat Tail and its proprietors. This aspiring endeavor united planners, engineers, and craftspeople from both extravagance Houses, in a great exhibition of their common upsides of greatness, exactness, legacy, imaginativeness, development, and scrupulousness.

The watches are extraordinary to both the horological and auto universes. Made as a couple – in woman’s and respectable man’s adaptations – they are reversible, and housed in BOVET 1822’s licensed Amadeo case, which permits them to be worn on the wrist, or utilized as a table clock, pendant or pocket-watch, just as being set up front in Boat Tail’s belt as the engine vehicle’s own watch. Both are fitted with tourbillon systems to guarantee amazing precision.


BOVET 1822 at first acquired its standing making extravagance pocket-looks for well off supporters in China; today, it is eminent worldwide for its wonderful watches including hand-painted dials, nitty gritty etching and finely completed apparent systems.

The watches, made for this first emphasis of Boat Tail, have exceptionally planned 18K white gold cases and highlight coordinating with front dials with a similar Caleidolegno facade found on the rearward deck of Boat Tail itself, and are done with the proprietor couples’ names. The noble man’s watch is exceptionally cleaned; the woman’s is resplendently engraved then loaded up with blue veneer.

On the converse side, the dials are more person. The respectable man’s highlights an aventurine dial with the heavenly course of action of the night sky over the spot of his introduction to the world on his introduction to the world date; the woman’s is brightened with a lavish scaled down painting of a rose bouquet on a mother-of-pearl dial. This plan is a customary BOVET 1822 theme, picked by and customized for the proprietor.

Both converse dials have hand-engraved Bespoke figures of Boat Tail, total with wheels, entryway handle, mirrors and other fine subtleties. By working intently together, the groups at Rolls-Royce and BOVET 1822 had the option to accomplish an exact shading match between the veneer on this little masterpiece and the full-size engine vehicle.

Further close participation was needed to guarantee the watches adjusted to the requests of their interesting job as engine vehicle tickers. In watchmaking, weight is infrequently an issue for a mind boggling watch, yet in this example, there was a breaking point on the joined allowable load of the watches and their holders. BOVET 1822 met this prerequisite by making a completely new 44mm white gold case. Moreover, the watches and holders likewise must be tried to car industry principles for vibration and crash wellbeing – something never recently embraced on components of this sort.

At a traditionalist gauge, the watches’ plan, designing, models, little canvas, marquetry, bespoke developments and cases took a sum of 3,000 hours to finish.


At the point when a pocket-watch is left static in one situation for any time allotment, the impact of gravity on key moving parts can disable its precision. Toward the finish of the eighteenth Century, watchmakers tackled this issue by fostering the tourbillon, where the escapement and equilibrium wheel are mounted in an enclosure that gradually rotates, offsetting the gravitational impact. In a wristwatch, the wearer’s normal actual developments decrease the requirement for the tourbillon. In any case, when that equivalent watch is mounted upward in a vehicle dashboard for a long time at a time, the tourbillon genuinely makes its mark.

BOVET 1822 is an expert in winder watches, for which it holds various licenses and has gotten numerous honors including the Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking’s most elevated honor. It is additionally one of the lone organizations in the watch business to make its own twistings and managing organs. To lessen possible effect from the vibration from the vehicle, the tourbillon has rotates as opposed to the customary metal rollers; a heavier equilibrium haggle expanded wavering rate to help exactness. At long last, the tourbillon connect is done with a scaled down Spirit of Ecstasy high quality in gold.

The watches have a surprising five-day power hold, instead of the 42-48 hours of a ‘standard’ watch, to take into account their job as engine vehicle tickers.


The holder instrument is one of a kind to Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and was planned by BOVET 1822 architects and the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild configuration group from a clear piece of paper. Albeit in a Rolls-Royce vibration is normally decreased to a flat-out least – imperceptible vibrations are unavoidably still present. This profoundly perplexing mounting gathering serves to detach the watches from these miniature vibrations. It additionally guarantees they work quietly, are not difficult to mount and eliminate from the dashboard, and, most importantly, stay free from any danger.

These difficulties were not normal for any ordinarily experienced in watchmaking and vehicle make. From the beginning, BOVET 1822 was resolved to follow a simply mechanical methodology with regards to its practice of Swiss carefully assembled creation. The specialists’ creative arrangement was to keep every one of the framework’s moving parts outside, with the dashboard giving a strong setting to the holder. At last, Rolls-Royce guaranteed that when the holder isn’t lodging one of the watches, it tends to be covered with a wonderful engraved and lacquered show plaque. Underneath the clock, the dashboard is fitted with an extraordinary cabinet, fixed with a similar cowhide as Boat Tail’s seats, which fills in as a caring container to house the watches, lashes, chain, and pendant when not being used.


Case Size: Bespoke; measurement – 44mm; thickness – 14mm

Case Type: 18K white gold Fleurier case; BOVET 1822 bow at 12 o’clock; 49 parts

Case Function: Amadeo Convertible System; reversible; pocket watch on chain; pendant watch on jewelry; table clock; dashboard clock

Case Finishing: Men’s watch is high clean completion; Women’s watch is hand-engraved then loaded up with blue veneer

Development: Bespoke 60-second tourbillon; manual-wind; 284 segments (without dial and hands); 21,600 v/h

Capacities: Hours and minutes on the two sides (switch hand-fitting); power save marker on the front

Force Reserve: 5 days

Men’s Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved Spirit of Ecstasy design fixed to the tourbillon connect; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Ladies’ Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved 18K white gold Spirit of Ecstasy form; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Men’s Reverse Dial: Blue aventurine glass with sky graph of proprietor’s introduction to the world day and origination; hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail design, lacquered to coordinate with the shade of the vehicle then smaller than usual painted by hand to add the subtleties; woman’s name engraved on the mirror-cleaned (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon connect

Ladies’ Reverse Dial: Miniature hand-painting of a rose bouquet on the mother-of-pearl dial (in light of authentic BOVET 1822 watch, modified); hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail design, lacquered to coordinate with the shade of the vehicle then scaled down painted by hand to add the subtleties; courteous fellow’s name (engraved on the mirror-cleaned (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon connect

Dashboard Holder: Aluminum and Titanium; 51 parts; Engraving of two Rolls-Royce Boat Tails in a white gold case, to coordinate with that of the watches, to put inside when the watch is absent (100% designed, planned, and created in-house by BOVET)

In-vehicle Drawer: to hold watches, lashes, chain, neckband

Autonomous research center accreditation: stun, temperature, moistness, vibration