Baume & Mercier continued its 185th anniversary celebrations at Watches & Wonders with a new pocket watch, an updated Clifton, and a limited edition Promesse.
Clifton 1830 Pocket Watch
The Clifton 1830 Pocket Watch is a limited edition of just 30 red gold pocket watches at $54,000, with a silver-coloured dial and sapphire-crystal caseback. The skeleton manufacture movement from the Baume & Mercier Design Studio inside features a five minute repeater module from Dubois Depraz.
More precise than a quarter repeater and less precise than a minute repeater, the five minute repeater chimes a low note for the hours, then a pair of high and low notes for each elapsed period of five minutes past the hour. It’s activated by a trigger at 4 o’clock.
The chimes are then intensified by an ultra-light JMC Lutherie resonance tray – a soundboard made of resonating spruce wood and Nomex/Kevlar honeycomb.
Limited Edition Promesse
The diamond-set Promesse with an oval jade bezel takes inspiration from Chinese culture, using jade as a talismanic decoration in the hope of bringing good fortune. It’s 34mm, on a white alligator strap with 61 diamonds encircling the bezel and studded as hour markers on a round dial with gently curving guilloche lines.
The new model is a luxurious addition to the Promesse range, which launched last summer as the brand’s first new line in almost a decade, and just 8 pieces are being made – no word on a price yet though.
Baume & Mercier has managed to carve out a niche for itself with its vintage-inspired, entry-level men’s range – read James Gurney’s verdict on the brand’s SIHH launches here to find out more.
The Clifton collection (which, like the Promesse, launched last year) takes inspiration from a 1950s model. At Watches & Wonders, Baume & Mercier unveiled a new black dial for the Complete Calendar, the two-tone automatic and the women’s model.
Aside from the colour change it’s the same watch, but the gold numerals and hour markers do pop out against the black background (which is actually almost a dark, dark grey). No prices have been confirmed yet.