BASCULE: A unique combination of tradition and craftsmanship

The Horlogerie collection from the small Swiss watch manufacturer RB Baumgartner AG Swiss Watchmaking in Aarberg/BE offers a variety of unique timepieces. One of these special models is the BASCULE, which means rocker. This “bascule” makes it possible to choose between winding the watch and setting the time when the crown is pulled.

For Reto Baumgartner, the watchmaker and owner of RB Baumgartner AG, watches are not just a product, they are his passion. They are an important part of his life. “Watches can also be seen as a metaphor for our lives. They are used to utilise the available energy efficiently and precisely so that time can be recorded as accurately as possible. In the same way, we also have to use our energy efficiently, but this only works if all the parts work together smoothly,” explains Reto Baumgartner.

Photo credit: Nadja Frey, Bern

The technical finesse and aesthetics of the mechanical movements are what make the heart of a watch enthusiast beat faster and are the reason for the passion for this traditional craft. The BASCULE is a three-hand watch with a historic hand-wound movement that gives it a charming vintage look. The partially skeletonised dial in silver and the robust steel case complements the elegant design perfectly. The limited edition of a maximum of 35 watches makes the BASCULE a true collector’s item.

The movement of the BASCULE is a historic hand-wound Revue Thomen T44 (MSR44) movement. With an impressive power reserve of 42 hours at the time, the owner can still be sure that the watch will always run reliably. The BASCULE is not only a precise timekeeping instrument, but also a piece of craftsmanship that reflects the history of watchmaking.

Another highlight of this masterpiece by RB Baumgartner is the watch strap. It is made from the finest sturgeon leather, which originates from the Frutigen Tropical House in the Bernese Oberland, where the sturgeons are bred primarily for their exquisite Swiss Alpine caviar. The sturgeon skin is carefully and gently processed to ensure the highest quality leather. Only the best pieces are selected to be made into watch straps exclusively for RB Baumgartner. Each individual strap is made by hand with great precision and attention to detail. The individual patina makes each watch strap unique. The sturgeon leather lends the watch straps from RB Baumgartner a unique elegance and exclusivity. It is known for its exceptional softness and suppleness, which ensures a high level of wearing comfort. It is also characterised by its longevity and durability, ensuring that the watch straps remain in top condition even after years of use.

BASCULE with strap made of sturgeon leather

The BASCULE is the perfect combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern design with sustainable materials. The quality and unique character of this Swiss watch are inspiring.