There are companies with a great past, but whose image, neglected for a long time, becomes a bit tarnished: this is the case of Baume & Mercier, a prestigious maison that lately had been a bit lost in the limbo of anonymity.

But the latest SIHH has brought great news. These include a new manufacture movement developed jointly by Baume & Mercier and ValFleurier, the  Richemont group’s research and development laboratory, of which Baume & Mercier is part, and which has been mounted within the Clifton series – a beautiful line of watches with a classic and a bit ‘retro charm, really perfect for an overall use.

The Clifton Baumatic BM12-1975A, visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, offers an impressive array of technological innovations, including the Twinspir™ silicon balance spring, and the optimised Powerscape™ escapement, which enables a more gradual and fluid transfer of charge, enabling the timepiece to achieve the COSC certification as such as Chronometer, and to ensure a spectacular autonomy, of 120 hours – about five days. In addition, the massive use of silicon-treated components has made it possible to achieve excellent resistance to magnetism, equal to more than three times the ISO 764 standard.

In summary, this is the most advanced movement ever produced by the Group, which includes such prestigious brands as A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels. A move that allows this line of Baume & Mercier to compete competitively with other brands in the market segment of “affordable luxury”, a sector that is becoming increasingly interesting and aggressive, given the explosion of Asian markets.

The Clifton Baumatic 10436 will be available from September 2018, and will surely attract the attention of any watch enthusiast.

Info: Baume & Mercier