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Baume & Mercier will be the main partner of the 62nd “TaorminaFilmFest”, which will take place from 11 to 18 June in the magical setting of the Greek Theatre in Taormina, Italy. Richard Gere will be the Honorary president.


Moments full of emotion are a key component of cinema and embody Baume & Mercier’s philosophy, “Life is About Moments”. These shared moments of passion illustrate the magnifi partnership between Baume & Mercier and the “TaorminaFilmFest”.


Cinema reinvents the world. This magical festival, situated in Taormina’s Greek Theatre under the starry Sicilian sky, promises a host of emotional moments and times of joy. Baume & Mercier, the ultimate brand of celebration, is delighted to be the main partner of the “TaorminaFilmFest”. Given its considerable history and beauty, Taormina provides the perfect setting for the Festival to share unforgettable moments with the greatest international film stars.


Creation, innovation and passion are at the heart of Baume & Mercier’s identity. This year, the Geneva-based watch brand decided to pay tribute to the “TaorminaFilmFest” with a limited- edition Clifton timepiece, which will be awarded to the winner of the “Clifton Taormina Award”.


This model has been designed to celebrate the art of film – the 39 mm 18K red gold case is enhanced by the sapphire case back adorned with the festival’s logo, while the design of its minuterie track is reminiscent of a film reel. It will be produced in a series of 62 pieces to celebrate the 62nd edition of the Festival and will be available from June 2016, exclusively in Italy.


Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier, will present an award to six international figures: Harvey Keitel, Jeremy Renner, Ambra Angiolini, Claudio Santamaria e Alessandro Preziosi. Male actors will receive the “Clifton Taormina Award” watch, our classical round range, while the actresses will receive the “Promesse Taormina Award” and will be given a watch from the Promesse collection, our last feminine launch.


“It is an honour to be the main sponsor of such a major event, but it is also a responsibility that we intend to accept with passion. The “TaorminaFilmFest” is an important occasion for Baume
& Mercier.Our brand celebrates life’s most important moments, embodying a classic lifestyle that is firmly entrenched in the present. To wear a Baume & Mercier watch is to appreciate a unique style and to be prepared to embrace your own success.”
Alain Zimmermann – CEO of Baume & Mercier


The first “Clifton Taormina Award” limited edition watch will be presented by Baume & Mercier CEO Alain Zimmermann to Richard Gere, during the dinner for the “Time Out of Mind” movie premiere at the American Embassy in Rome on 8 June. The watch will be put up for auction in Taormina on 11 June, during the opening night of the Festival. The proceeds will go to the FIO. Psd Foundation on behalf of the “Housing First” project and the #HomelessZero campaign.


For Baume & Mercier, time is emotion and sharing.