Bovet Fleurier was founded by three Bovet brothers in 1822. Bovet is probably the most famous watch company from the Val-de-Travers region to have produced the most exquisite enameled, hand-engraved and pearl-set pocket watches for the Chinese imperial court. Watchmaking entrepreneur Edouard Bovet was born in Fleurier in 1797. At the age of 17, he joined brothers Alphonse and Frederic as they left for London, among the largest watchmaking centers at that time. After several years, Edouard sailed to China, where he took several Bovet pocket watches and quickly sold four of them for 10’000 francs, the equivalent of one million dollars today. This success continued through the 19th century and in 1889, Fritz Bovet, Alphonse Bovet’s son, filed one of the first patents for a single-button chronograph on behalf of the company. Bovet soon became well known for its single-push rattrapante (split-seconds) chronograph labeled the ‘mono-rattrapante’. Like most brands, Bovet was using several different watch movements through the 20th century such as Landeron and Valjoux.
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