Baume Et Mercier’s Complicated Clifton

The Swiss manufacture showcases its heightened skills.

By Terry Christodoulou 16/11/2020

Proving more than just an ‘accessible’ watchmaker, Baume et Mercier’s Clifton Baumatic 18k Perpetual Calendar moves the marque into new, elevated territory.

Building on the success of its first in-house movements –  the BM12 and BM13 –  Baume et Mercier flexes its competency in complications via the likes of the 18k Perpetual Calendar, which boasts an in-house self-winding BM13-1975AC-2.

The movement is elegantly fitted to an 18-carat, 42mm pink gold case that offers a satin finish and sits at a reasonably svelte 12.1mm thick. The end result is an effortless, classic dress watch that hits all the right notes.

Given the price point (though know you’re also not scoring a perpetual calendar in rose gold elsewhere for this price) you’d expect elevated levels finesse and finish. And it further delivers – the caseback protected by a sapphire crystal allowing a window to the calibre’s circular-grained bridges, along with the gold-plated oscillating weight decorated with ‘Cotes de Geneve’ snailing. Other sophisticated markings include the Phi character lyre – Baume et Mercier’s symbol.

The dial sees the perpetual calendar indicated through gilt riveted, trapezoid-shaped, pink gold bars and hands set against the “warm white” porcelain-like dial. Elsewhere, blue steel hands point to the day, date, month and leap year while, at the 6’oclock, a moonphase indicator can be found with a blue lacquered finish.

The dress watch is strapped to the wrist via an alligator tone-on-tone stitched strap that is interchangeable through its system of quick-change spring bars. The buckle coordinates with the case in the same polished and satin-finished 18-carat pink gold.

The timepiece offers an impressive 120-hour power reserve, is water-resistant to 50-metres and is priced at $38,500.

Baume-et-mercier.com

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