On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the Watches&Wonders exhibition taking place in Hong Kong, the Swiss brand has released two new major models - the Clifton 1830 five-minute repeater pocket watch and the Promesse Jade - which pay a subtle tribute to Asian culture.
2015 is a year marked by celebrations for Baume & Mercier. The Richemont subsidiary celebrates its 185th anniversary this year, and is taking all opportunities to showcase its horological history and contemporary designs.
Most recently, the brand wrapped up its Asian swing, where it showcased its history and presented two new models at the Watches&Wonders exhibition in Hong Kong. Displaying its cultivated past, Baume & Mercier set up a “historical wall” at the major watch exhibition, presenting a selection of major models from the company museum.
Among the treasures on display were one of its first pocket watches dating back to 1850, a platinum and diamond 1940’s Marquise watch, as well as a hand-wound yellow gold watch from 1960 that inspired the design of its Clifton watch.
And speaking of Clifton, the exhibition was also the scene for presenting the brand’s newest addition to its collection, the Clifton 1830 five-minute repeater pocket watch in 18K red gold. Inspired by the historical models created by the Maison during the 19th century, the Clifton 1830 pocket watch reflects the company’s horological know-how.
It features a mechanical hand-wound skeleton movement - developed and designed by the brand itself – which meets all the textbook standards of Swiss watchmaking tradition. Echoing the past while at the same time featuring more modern lines, the pocket watch is reminiscent of a lucky charm, which in this case is meant to celebrate tradition.
Clifton wristwatch models were also on display, including the new automatic two-tone Clifton 10210. Featuring a sunburst-engraved anthracite dial, the timepiece certainly has a 1960s flair about it, evoking the original watch that inspired it.
The second major new model unveiled on the occasion of the Watches&Wonders exhibition was the Promesse Jade. Distinguished by its jade bezel and its diamond-studded case (61 of them, to be exact), the watch is a nod to age-old Asian traditions. There, jade is considered as a symbol of love and lifelong commitment, and the green ribbon around the dial makes the watch an apt talisman.
As Baume & Mercier reminds us, some watches keep time while their watches keep memories. The new Clifton and Promesse Jade models are certainly a great way to commemorate the 2015 edition of the Watches&Wonders exhibition and the brand’s 185th birthday. They also show us that Baume & Mercier might just have that subtle touch required not only to keep memories, but also to make them.