Baume & Mercier is set to release a new collection this fall, the William Baume collection watch will be released in commemoration of the company’s 180th anniversary. William Baume was a talented watchmaker and grandson of the brand’s founder, and his name will be used in a high-end collection with models featuring ultra-thin movements, retrograde seconds and jumping hours. The Jumping Hour watch is definitely one to take a closer look at as it an interesting function. The jumping hour works with the turning of each our, the hour numeral will jump ahead to the appropriate hour as opposed to the gradual sweep of a hand if it were a normal watch.

The William Baume Jumping Hour watch features a round-shaped case that is 41 millimeter in diameter by 9.6 millimeters high. The case and bezel are crafted from 18 carat red gold. It will be available in two color schemes - silver or black dials on the red gold case. These dials feature cross-weave guilloché motifs and sunburst satin-brushed finished sub-dials. The dial has Arabic numerals and red gold hands and is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The Jumping Hour complication, which displays hours is in an exhibition window at the 12 o’clock position.

The timepiece is powered by the self-winding Dubois Depraz 14400 movement. The movement is viewable though the see-through case back which is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The movement has been embellished with Cotes de Geneve motif. Limited to just 40 pieces in each color, the price is expected to be $19,900 USD and should be available in September 2010.

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