What happens when you bring together Swiss and Italian watchmakers?
You get the Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano watch. A watch unique to both companies yet designed to show each company’s style.
The Cambano watch was designed along the lines of Bovet’s Amadeo case style. What is unique about the Amadeo cases is that you can detach the straps on the watch and turn it into a pocket watch or pendant watch using a chain that can be bought along with the watch.
The watch is made of steel and is 45mm wide. The case is circular with the thickness giving the watch an appearance of a small can. The backside of the watch has a clear crystal so you can see the gears involved in running the watch.
The clock hands are triangular in design and the second hand has a unique snake like serpentine design. The hour indices are not marked by numbers, instead they are noted by black lines. All of the hands are treated with a luminescent material making them visible in low light conditions.
The crystals on the clock face and back are a very high quality AR coated sapphire crystal. The crystal is so clear that you often forget that there is a crystal there. You get the urge to stick your finger into the watch to play with the dials only to have your fingers press against the super clear crystal.
The movement system is based on the Valjoux 7750 system. However Bovet and Pininfarina added their own unique parts to the system, changing the style of the set up. Nevertheless the main driving mechanism is based on the trusted Valjoux 7750 so you can be assured that the watch is not completely running on a newly designed system, which might break down on you.
The Cambiano is, like nearly all high end luxury watches, limited edition. There will only be a certain number produced and as new sets of Bovet and Pininfarina watches come out each year, the supply inevitably depends on the demand.
The price of the Cambano is roughly $24,200. Although the price is very high it is as expected for a high end collaboration between two luxury watch makers. What is laughable about this edition is that the chain used to turn the watch into a pocket watch is sold separately. You would think that the chain would come with the watch since you’re paying more than 24 thousand for it. But I don’t think those who can afford this watch would be bothered by any additional purchases.
Here is a video review of the Cambiano.