Baume & Mercier Clifton Flying Tourbillon
Baume & Mercier surprised many at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horologerie (SIHH) in Geneva with it’s introduction of its first tourbillon watch, the Baume & Mercier Clifton Flying Tourbillon.
This introduction of the tourbillon watch commemorates one full year since the introduction of it’s Clifton collection at the 2013 SIHH. CEO Alain Zimmerman referred to this timepiece as a “concept car”, and something to “push the boundaries” of Baume & Mercier’s watchmaking credibility, while simultaneously maintaining its status as a luxury watch brand available to many price ranges.
The inspiration for the design of this new timepiece was the tourbillon pocket watch created by Baume & Mercier in 1892 shown below.
The watches tourbillon movement incorporated features which include a detent escapement and blued steel balance spring made by Valfleurier. The cage of the tourbillon is displayed and placed at the 9 o’clock position. Following the tradition of the pocket watch predecessor, the movement of the Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon is created for timekeeping precision with a frequency of 28,800 vph.
The 45.5mm tourbillion timepiece comes in a rose gold case and destined for collectors due to its limited availability of 30 pieces.