Speaking of exciting news:
Baume et Mercier now has its own calibre.
Named the Baumatic BM12-1975A calibre, the new movement was created in partnership between Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier and the research
and innovation teams at Richemont Group.
The new mechanical self-winding calibre specifically targets four areas that concern the user experience the most: sensitivity to magnetic fields; chronometric precision (accuracy); autonomy (power reserve) and durability (frequency of watch servicing).
What ensued was out-of-the-box thinking. It houses a silicon hairspring enhanced with Richemont Group’s proprietary TWINSPIR technology. The anchor and the escape wheel are also made of silicon, enhancing efficiency while reducing the need for frequent servicing.
The escapement is improved with POWERSCAPE technology, which uses a uniquely designed anchor and escape wheel, and when paired with an optimised barrel, offers an impressive 120-hour or 5-day power reserve.
The use of silicon helps enhance its anti-magnetic properties to at least 1,500 Gauss (a watch is considered to be anti-magnetic if it withstands magnetic field of 60 Gauss).
Silicon also helps improve precision in timekeeping, as it is resistant to corrosion. The movement is COSC-certified, only losing or gaining precision by -4 to +6 seconds per day.
To enhance durability, the movement is lubricated using Richemont’s own oils developed by its research and innovation teams.
Aesthetically, the models are classically Clifton, showcasing clean white or black dials with porcelain-finish, a large date aperture at 3 o’clock, and slender hour-markers and hands.
The brand also continued its partnership with Indian Motorcycle by launching three limited-edition chronographs housed inside the Clifton Club collection. The watches celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s history as America’s first motorcycle company and its relationship with motorcycle legend Burt Munro.
The 44mm watches are powered by a self-winding Valjoux 7750 calibre and have the Indian Motorcycle’s Headdress logo on the caseback.
Munro’s record-setting 1,000cc class record of 184mph (296km/h) in 1967 was immortalised in the film T he World’s Fastest Indian (2005) – and now as a watch.
The Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro Tribute, limited to 1967 pieces, displays Munro’s lucky number 35 in the seconds counter at 9 o’clock. It comes with straps of “Indian Red”, the company’s official colour.
Two Clifton Club Indian Legend Tribute watches (Scout and Chief) are both limited to 1901 pieces. Each show “1901”, the founding year of Indian Motorcycle, in the date display instead of ”19”. The Scout features an open-worked grey dial with black counters and beige accents. The Chief has a black dial with “Indian red” accents.