BAUME & MERCIER’S CLIFTON 1892 FLYING TOURBILLON
The SIHH 2014 salon sees the unveiling of Baume & Mercier’s Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon watch. This particular wonder, offered in a very exclusive edition of 30 pieces, aims to demonstrate the excellence of Swiss watchmaking and remind the world that Baume & Mercier, the seventh oldest watch manufacturer still in operation, has real expertise in the art of making accurate and complicated watches.
true measure of Baume & Mercier’s art, expressed in its motto since the Maison’s founding in 1830: “Accept only perfection and only manufacture watches of the highest quality.” This timepiece, with its exclusive hand-wound caliber is the epitome of Haute Horlogerie.
The name of this high precision watch, regulated by a flying tourbillon, refers to the history of the Maison that won 10 grand prix and seven gold medals at various international exhibitions during the nineteenth century, won prizes in chronometry competitions and shone throughout the twentieth century with the quality of its construction and the aesthetics of its creations. But this very exclusive model is also an example of Baume & Mercier’s excellence in the art of etablissage, an ancient watchmaking practice dating back to before the first manufactures.
This approach to designing and producing watches is historic and inherently legitimate for Baume & Mercier. The construction method enabled the Swiss watchmaking house to create a keyless winding watch in 1892, with a caliber regulated by a tourbillon. This sophisticated mechanism, consisting of a cage revolving once a minute and whose rotation has the effect of canceling cancelling imbalances of the balance wheel was an incredible rarity at the time, and it was to significantly improve the accuracy of watches equipped with it.