NEWS : New flying tourbillon from Baume et Mercier


Horologium has previously covered Baume et Mercier’s 2013 Clifton collection release, including the chronograph model which will be formally launched next year. The recent inaugural Watches & Wonders Richemont fair in Hong Kong was the scene for the announcement of another addition to the Clifton collection, but one which took people by surprise – the Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon. Whatever people, including myself, were expecting, it wasn’t a flying tourbillon.

The ‘1892’ of the name refers to Baume et Mercier’s precision record setting tourbillon chronometer, a timepiece with a pocket watch tourbillon movement presented by Alcide Baume to Kew Observatory in England in 1892 which scored 91.9 per cent and held the record for world’s most accurate watch for a decade.

The new Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon is limited to thirty pieces and pays homage to this past in the form of a red gold sized-for-modern-times 45.5mm manual wind wristwatch limited to 30 pieces. The calibre (P591) is made by the Val Fleurier manufacturer, has Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement, and a power reserve of fifty hours.

The silvered opaline dial has appliqué 18ct red gold numerals. There is an opening at 9 for the tourbillon carriage and the watch also has a seconds sub dial.

Interestingly, this is not Baume et Mercier’s only flying tourbillon in recent times. A few years ago they released the William Baume Flying Tourbillon, a 43mm manual wind model in an even more limited edition of ten pieces in rose gold with a black dial and the same number with a white dial.

Categories: Baume & Mercier, Limited Editions, News, watches

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2 replies

  1. In this stratospheric sphere of tourbillons, there is one especially relevant “specification” which you have neglected to include…



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