A complication that is both useful and aesthetically pleasing, the single push-piece chronograph serves to start, stop and reset short times by pressing a single pusher. It thereby also streamlines the aesthetic of the case side by integrating the crown and two pushers into a single element, compared with three separate elements on conventional chronographs.
This newcomer to the William Baume collection derives its historical legitimacy from a wristwatch with a single push-piece chronograph function introduced by Baume & Mercier in 1938. Entirely in tune with the contemporary design of the William Baume line, the silvered dial of the new model reflects the two horizontal counters of the original: the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock and the chronograph minute at 3 o’clock.
The chronograph seconds are read off as usual by the central hand. The silvered dial is adorned with a “Vieux Panier” guilloché décor and a sun satin-finish on the rings surrounding the chronograph counters and the chapter ring.
The mechanical hand-wound movement (Lajoux-Perret 5000), with its circular-grained mainplate, bridges graced with “Côtes de Genève” and blued steel screws, can be admired through a broad sapphire crystal window in the case-back.
The 18K red gold XL-sized (41 mm) case is teamed with a hand-stitched chestnut brown alligator strap. Limited, numbered edition of 20 watches.
Model: Baume & Mercier William Baume Single Push-Piece Chronograph, Reference: M0A08802
Manual (Lajoux-Perret 5000)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Vibration: 21 600 vibrations/hour
Bridges :decorated with «Côtes de Genève», circular-grained plate, satin-finished chronograph controls, snailed crown & ratchet wheels, blued steel screws.
Single push-piece chronograph
Chronograph seconds displayed with the central hand and minutes displayed in the 3 o’clock counter
Movement seconds displayed in the 9 o’clock counter
Size: XL – 41mm
Gold weight: 53.5g
Polished/satin-finished 18 carat red gold case, horns fitted on to the case,
Polished/satin-finished 18 carat red gold fluted crown, adorned with a satin polished Phi symbol, 18 carat red gold case back fixed with six 18 carat red gold screws, large sapphire crystal aperture, Satin-finished 18 carat red gold snap engraved with the name of the collection and the limited edition number.
“Vieux Panier” guilloché décor, sun-satin finished minute-track & hour zones
18 carat red gold riveted appliqué indexes
18 carat red gold spear-shaped hands, “oeil-de-perdrix” hands in the chronograph counters & seconds counter
Double-sided antiglare sapphire crystal
Hand-stitched chestnut brown alligator strap, square scales, tone on tone stitching
Buckle: Polished/satin-finished 18 carat red gold pin buckle engraved with the Phi symbol;Gold weight: 5.3g
Total gold weight: 58.8g
Limited and numbered edition of 20 pieces