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CLIFTON MANUAL 1830 WITH EXCLUSIVE TWINSPIR™ TECHNOLOGY: WHEN MODERN TECHNOLOGY MEETS TIMELESS CRAFTSMANSHIP

April 1, 2017
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CLIFTON MANUAL 1830 WITH EXCLUSIVE TWINSPIR™ TECHNOLOGY:  WHEN MODERN TECHNOLOGY MEETS TIMELESS CRAFTSMANSHIP

Despite its classic appearance, the new Clifton Manual 1830 in 18K red gold is packed with innovative features. Its new Baume & Mercier manufacture movement (BM12-1975M) incorporates the exclusive TwinSpir™ system which improves accuracy.

THE NEW BAUME & MERCIER CLIFTON MANUAL 1830 WITH EXCLUSIVE TWINSPIR ™ TECHNOLOGY

Each year Baume & Mercier offers an exclusive timepiece as part of the Clifton Collection, reflecting Baume & Mercier’s continuing commitment to building its collection of emblematic timepieces. The new Clifton Manual 1830 with TwinSpir™ technology is the latest edition to enrich the Clifton Collection — a collection already composed of remarkable watches including the Flying Tourbillon, the 5-minute Repeater or the Perpetual Calendar. This emblematic piece perfectly expresses the brand’s legacy. An 18K red gold case timepiece combining a number of specific design features with the introduction of a new watch mechanism.
A NEW BAUME & MERCIER MANUFACTURE CALIBRE: BM12-1975M
Driven by our quest to “accept only perfection”, Baume & Mercier has designed its own manufacture calibre in close collaboration with the Group’s Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier.

This new Manufacture mechanical hand-wound calibre (ref BM12-1975M) is tailored to suit Baume & Mercier’s precise product requirements. It includes a set of unique technical characteristics and Baume & Mercier design features:
– Exclusive TwinSpir™ technology combined with a newly designed inertia-type balance wheel
– High-end decor finishes of the caliber : bridges with “Côtes de Genève” decor, circular-grained finished plate, blued steel screws, specific Baume & Mercier engravings
– Thickness: 3.5 mm / Dimension : 12 ½ ‘’’ / Adjusted to five positions / Jewels: 18
– Power reserve: 90 hours
– Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vph)

TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS AT THE CORE

The Baume & Mercier Calibre BM12-1975M integrates advanced technologies developed by Richemont’s Research & Innovation teams:

The TwinSpir™ technology is applied in a novel hairspring comprising a composite structure combining 2 layers of silicon, alternatively oriented and bound through a layer of silicon dioxide. This further layer acts also as a thermo-compensating element.

The TwinSpir™ hairspring, combined with an inertia-type balance wheel,
– enhances the precision of the movement in various positions and over time,
– limits the sensitivity to surrounding magnetism
– ensures a greater resistance to small shocks and repeated vibrations.

A non-magnetic, light and corrosion-resistant material, monocrystalline silicon exhibits different elastic and thermos-elastic properties along various crystalline orientations of the material, as shown on figure 2. This variation of response is known as the material’s elastic anisotropy. As a watch’s hairspring – the beating element responsible for the timekeeping accuracy and precision of the watch – expands and contracts during its oscillations, the elastic anisotropy tends to affect the oscillations’ evenness and consequently the timepiece’s chronometric performance.

This limitation is successfully overcome by the TwinSpir™ technology through combining 2 layers of silicon of different crystalline orientation (figure 1) so that the deviations of its Elastic Modulus are combined, thus reducing the consequences of this natural property of the material.

The silicon dioxide layer additionally binds the two silicon cores of the TwinSpir™ hairspring (figure 3), and acts as a thermo-compensating element of the hairspring. Together with an outer layer of silicon dioxide, this enables stable performance across a range of temperatures (figure 4).

The newly designed balance wheel of the Baume & Mercier calibre is an inertia adjustment type, as opposed to traditional index-pins assemblies. Index-pins assemblies have the rate adjusted through correcting the active length of the hairspring. By opposition, inertia-adjustment types offer the key advantage of a more vibrations-resistant rate setting, as the inertia-adjusting weights which ensure the precise adjustment of the watch rate, are securely held on the balance wheel between its arms and dedicated supports.

A STEP TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Baume & Mercier is the first Maison of the Group to integrate this Richemont Research & Innovation developed technology. This matched the development of its calibre BM12-1975M by the Group’s Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier.

The integration of this new TwinSpir™ technology into the Clifton Manual 1830 is consistent with Baume & Mercier’s motto to “Accept only perfection and only manufacture watches of the highest quality.”

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