Baume & Mercier celebrates its 185th anniversary at the Watches & Wonders Exhibition by unveiling two new special timepieces: the exquisite 18k red gold Clifton 1830 pocket watch, five-minute repeater, and the Promesse Jade.
The Clifton 1830 pocket watch is inspired by the treasury of historic timepieces the company created during the 19th century, making it a modern symbol of Baume & Mercier’s watchmaking legacy and expertise.
Amply sized at 50mm in diameter, the 18k red gold case shimmers with a polished satin finish. The opaline domed dial features Arabic numerals and 18k red gold riveted markers, and the stylized, faceted hands are 18k red gold as well. The flowing case design epitomizes grace and elegance.
The case back features an expansive sapphire crystal through which one can admire the skeleton movement. Activated by a trigger at 4 o’clock, the chime sounds low notes to indicate the current hour, then a pair of low and high tones for each elapsed period of five minutes. Like the finest timepieces of the early 20th century, the movement features an “all or nothing” safety mechanism. This system prevents the chime from sounding if the trigger is not fully cocked, thereby preventing damage to the movement.
The hand-wound movement runs at a classic 18,000 vph, or 2.5 Hz. The movement is designed and developed exclusively for Baume & Mercier by the Swiss specialty firm Dubois Dépraz, and it meets the time-honored standards of fine watchmaking: custom bridges and mainplate, circular-graining on the plate, bridges with circular “Côtes de Genève” decoration, and blued screws, just as it should be.
To enhance the owner’s enjoyment, the thoroughly traditional Clifton 1830 pocket watch is accompanied by a modern enhancement – a JMC Lutherie resonance tray. This is a composite soundboard made of resonating spruce wood and Nomex/Kevlar honeycomb. Paired with the Clifton 1830, this unique stand becomes a musical instrument.
Released in a limited series of just 30 numbered pieces, the 18k red gold Clifton 1830 pocket watch, five-minute repeater comes with a black calfskin leather strap adorned with an 18k red gold crown and bow. It is sold in a specially designed luxury case enclosing a small leather pouch that covers and protects it while being carried inside the pocket.
Baume & Mercier also celebrates its 185th anniversary with the jade and diamond Promesse watch. Ancient legend in Asia says that jade is much more than a talisman; anyone who wears this precious green-tinted gemstone with its beneficent aura is protected for life.
Launched exclusively at the Watches & Wonders Exhibition in Hong Kong, Baume & Mercier crafted the Promesse Jade watch as an everlasting sign of love. Delicately sized at 34mm, an oval jade bezel adorned with 61 diamonds surrounds a silver-colored dial featuring guilloché decor, Roman numerals and hour markers set with eight diamonds. Powered by a fine Swiss quartz movement, the engraved case back reads “Limited Edition – One out of 8”, establishing the rarity of this jeweled delight. The Promesse Jade is a sophisticated, eternally feminine timepiece to be treasured and passed down from mother and daughter to bring health, prosperity and love.