esigned alongside one another, the new Automobili Pininfarina Battista and the new Battista Tourbillon from Bovet 1822 share the same design vision based on styling and innovation.
The Automobili Pininfarina Battista has been recognized for its design excellence with several awards to its name already, as production of pre-series Battistas reaches completion and clients prepare to take delivery of the world’s first pure electric hyper GT later this year. Each vehicle is bespoke to the client’s personal specification, ensuring unrivalled exclusivity.
In the same manner, Bovet 1822 has received numerous awards in the watchmaking industry, and the brand is renowned for its bespoke work.
The Pininfarina name is characterized by its rich history in design excellence and raftsmanship, creating automotive artwork for more than 90 years. Bovet echoes this ethos in horology, with generations of artisans over its almost 200 years of history shaping incredible, meticulously detailed timepiece artistry.
This mutual expertise was apparent from the very beginning of Bovet and Automobili Pininfarina’s partnership in creating the Battista Tourbillon timepiece alongside the Battista hyper GT, when Bovet owner Mr. Pascal Raffy and the Automobili Pininfarina Design Team met for the first time in Cambiano, Italy.
“At Bovet 1822, the human element is essential, and so it is for Pininfarina,” explains Mr. Raffy. “Cars and timepieces share the same values: design and performance. When you start a project and there is no interest other than the pursuit of perfection, passions do not just add up – they multiply.”
This shared vision and expertise becomes apparent in every aspect of the collaboration. The unique skills of both houses led to the creation of a one-of-a-kind timepiece that simply could not have been be realized without the shared development process between the craftsmen at Bovet 1822 and the design team at Automobili Pininfarina.
The completely in-house development and manufacturing of this hand-made masterpiece of horology, constructed by the world’s most skilled precision artisans, offers the freedom to create highly bespoke parts and decorations with utmost precision, while assuring that the highest quality standards can be met.
The creation of a client’s Battista is a process of virtually unlimited personalization, with more than 128 million combinations for the interior color and materials alone, ensuring the only limits are the dreams of the client. Because of the expertise between Bovet and Automobili Pininfarina, this can be taken a step further, giving clients the possibility to express their own personalities and that of their bespoke Battista through the Battista Tourbillon as well.
“Since the day we first connected with Pascal Raffy and the artisans of Bovet 1822, we felt mutually inspired by the opportunity to create another art form for clients desiring the pinnacle in design and watchmaking,” says Per Svantesson, Chief Executive Officer, Automobili Pininfarina. “With the unveiling of our first timepiece, we aim to showcase another step forward in the world of artisanal horology.” In a luxury world where conglomerates and big groups dominate, it’s rare to find two independent, family-owned Houses, at the pinnacle of their respective fields, collaborating.
The first timepiece in this partnership celebrates the creation of the first automobile designed and completely assembled in Cambiano – Battista – and the role of the pure-electric hyper GT in the ongoing luxury revolution. With Battista, Automobili Pininfarina is at the forefront of this new movement towards sustainable, responsible luxury and takes another step in the collaboration with Bovet 1822.
“The world is becoming more sustainable and the future is definitely in electric cars,” notes Mr. Raffy. “This is what is so exciting about the beautiful Battista, which combines engineering excellence with hand-made attention to detail, like the fine timepieces of the House of Bovet. The Battista is a stunningly-designed hypercar, with almost 2,000 BHP, but it is 100% electric and sustainable. We all need to move in this direction, and Automobili Pininfarina is inspiring us to use new methods and materials, and look at our processes with an eye to sustainability as well.”