Link to the past

Baume & Mercier launches new Pocket Watch in­spired by her­itage

Virtuozity - - Watch News -

Baume & Mercier was last month in­spired by its legacy pieces—among them a minute re­peater Pocket Watch—to make the first Pocket Watch in the Clifton col­lec­tion. A dis­tinc­tive bridge built be­tween the past and the present, the watch was un­veiled at the Watches & Won­ders event in Hong Kong, along­side a ladies’ quartz watch called the Jade Promesse.

In true Asian tra­di­tion, the Clifton 1830 mas­ter­piece has come to be a price­less and sym­bolic me­mento en­cap­su­lat­ing 185 years of the com­pany’s watch­mak­ing mas­tery. An heir­loom Pocket Watch handed down the ages like a mag­i­cal charm em­body­ing Baume & Mercier’s en­tire her­itage and be­queath­ing it to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. It is a trib­ute to the com­pany’s deep de­sire to cel­e­brate its history.

The new Clifton 1830 Pocket Watch sym­bol­izes Baume & Mercier’s watch­mak­ing ex­per­tise. It is a faith­ful re­flec­tion of the com­pany’s tra­di­tion and a touch­stone of ex­cep­tional qual­ity. Hark­ing back to 1830, the year the com­pany was founded, the watch is be­ing spe­cially re­leased for Watches & Won­ders in a num­bered lim­ited se­ries of 30. It is an ex­quis­ite time­piece that will in­spire awe in mas­ters and ad­mir­ers of fine watch­mak­ing.

An ob­ject of un­de­ni­able beauty, the hand-wound move­ment on the Clifton 1830 Five-minute Re­peater Pocket Watch runs at a fre­quency of 18,000 vi­bra­tions per hour (2.5Hz) and has a 46-hour power re­serve. Ex­clu­sively de­vel­oped and de­signed by and for Baume & Mercier on the ba­sis of a move­ment with an ad­di­tional Dubois Dépraz (D73) mod­ule, this stun­ning skele­tonised cal­i­bre meets all the time-hon- ored stan­dards of fine watch­mak­ing: cus­tomised bridges and plates, unique end fin­ishes, cir­cu­lar-grain­ing on the plate, bridges with cir­cu­lar “Côtes de Genève” decor and blue steel screws.

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