Edouard Bovet was born in 1797 in Fleurier, the son of a mast watchmaker. He studied and worked in London before going to Canton China. Bovet eventually returns to Fleurier, Switzerland and established the Bovet Company.
In the 1990s it produced a unique style of watch which incorporated various elements of the pocket watch form in its construction, such as at the lugs, and won awards after its introduction in 1997.
Most Bovet watches use this trademark style today.
The watches are unique for their high-quality enameling (such as the Fleurier Miniature Painting models), engraving, and a seven-day self-winding Tourbillon.
Bovet watches are also unique for the company's tradition of employing women artisans, which is rare for traditional watch making companies in Europe.
Some of the limited edition modern Bovet watches can cost more than USD 1 million, and the purchaser of such a watch is usually flown out to the manufacturing facility in Switzerland by the company to witness the production process and meet the artisans.
The dial is an important part of the value of a Bovet Fleurier watch. Either in fired enamels or in mother-of-pearl, each dial is uniquely hand-made.
The rarest of them all is the miniature painting in enamels where pictures of astonishing detail are created color by color, each made everlasting by firing in a kiln.
All the enamel dials are finished off in layers of clear enamel called fondant, which is polished to give the work its exceptional brilliance.
Bovet also offers enamel and mother-of-pearl dials with special settings of gemstones as well as dials that are entirely paved in diamonds.