Established since 1830, Baume & Mercier is celebrating its 185th anniversary in 2015. To honour this celebration, the Swiss luxury watch brand unveils the limited edition Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve model.
Limited to 185 pieces, the Clifton’s sophisticated mechanism embodies 185 years of Swiss watchmaking. With a polished and satin-finished case and domed dial matching the sapphire crystal shape, this Clifton piece stays true to its roots. Its luxury qualities, traditional finishes, and exceptional performance seamlessly fall within the family of complex timepieces cultivated by Baume & Mercier. Similar to the Clifton 1830 launched in 2013 and Clifton Tourbillon 1892 unveiled in 2014, this elegant new edition embraces the heritage that has always been appreciated for its sense of balance.
Baume & Mercier has chosen a mechanical manual-winding manufacture movement, with an eight-day power reserve, for this 45.5 mm 18K red gold piece. This manual movement that has autonomy up to 192 hours enables the watch to run for over a week.
Visible through the transparent case-back, this hand-assembled 16 ¾-ligne caliber provides a glimpse of the variable-inertia balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Adjusted by a master watchmaker in five positions, as is customary with high-precision watches, this movement is equipped with a stop seconds mechanism, designed to ensure the most accurate possible time-setting.
This large manufacture caliber boasts an eight-day power reserve provided by a single barrel, which represents an exceptional performance. The balance is disabled by a mechanism at the end of 192 hours, when the available energy becomes insufficient to ensure the accuracy of the movement. Because of this power reserve function, only three full windings are required each month.
The beautiful décor features a circular-grained finish on the plate and “Côtes de Genève” on the bridges. One of the bridges is engraved with the Greek letter, “Phi”, which is the logo of Baume & Mercier as well as the symbol of “Divine Proportion” and the golden ratio.
This exceptional piece comes with a domed, opaline silver-colored dial, showcasing a snailed small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and power-reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. The dial is decorated with riveted numerals and indexes. The Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve watch delivers with a black square scale alligator strap, secured by an 18K red gold pin buckle, completing its design with refined sophistication.
Model: Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Anniversary Limited Edition
Manufacture movement, manual
Circular-grained finished plate
Bridges adorned with « Côtes de Genève » decor, Phi logo
Power reserve: 192 hours (8 days) with one barrel
Movement adjusted to five positions
H/M, Small seconds, 8 days power-reserve indicator, date
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 13.0 mm
Polished & satin-finished 18K red gold
Domed, Antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with screws
Engraving: limited edition, one out of 185
Water-resistance:5 ATM (approx. 50m)
Gold weight (guaranteed minimum): 52,29 gr
Domed opaline silver-colored
Riveted gilt Arabic numerals and indexes
Gilt and blued steel hands
Square scales black alligator
Buckle: 18K red gold pin buckle