Amid the constant stream of pre-SIHH novelties that have floated across our desks over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a theme of innovation and development that is sometimes lacking at the annual industry fairs. That isn’t to say we aren’t in one of the most experimental times in horological history, because, by-and-large, we are — but after looking at some of the recent announcements we’ve covered such as the Greubel Forsey Foudroyante Jumping Seconds, you’ll see what I mean. That’s why it’s good to see Baume & Mercier embrace this theme with the release of the new chronometer-certified Baumatic.
Boasting a five-day power reserve, the Baumatic quickly claims the title as the most technically-advanced timepiece in the brand’s current stable while maintaining its reputation as Richemont’s most accessible manufacture. This isn’t the first time that Baume & Mercier has been used as a breeding ground for new technology within Richemont, after all, last year they were the first brand within the conglomerate to offer a timepiece that utilized a silicon balance spring with the Clifton Manual. However, this time around, the Baumatic has a newly developed, self-winding, in-house movement that ups the ante with a silicon anchor and escape wheel while the balance spring uses the same Twinspir construction that was found in the Clifton Manual. The Twinspir technology combines two separate cores of silicon that are bound by a silicon dioxide layer and set at a 45-degree angle which aids in ensuring thermocompensation. All of these combined developments have resulted in a 120 hour (five day) power reserve with accuracy in the range of -4/+6 seconds per day.
The design of the watch screams understated minimalism and it’s obvious that the Baume & Mercier team was more focused on technical development rather than building out a new design code. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock and a nicely-done crosshair in the center of the dial. The lancet hands, small Arabic numerals at the end of the indices, and dotted minute track all add to the sober appeal. You can tell this is a watch focused entirely on precision timekeeping and utility over anything else and I think it’s all the better for it. It’s easy to imagine this being a watch worn during the workweek, sat down on Friday evening, and then picked back up Monday morning without it missing a beat. Baume & Mercier has described the Clifton lineup as being designed with “urban professionals” in mind and I think they’ve hit that demographic squarely on the head with the Baumatic.
As what many consider the most accessible brand in the Richemont group, it’s great to see the Baume & Mercier team continue to push the horological envelope while staying within an affordable price range. You’ll be able to find the Baume & Mercier Baumatic for $2,790 once it’s released in September.