Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar frontAmong the big news coming out of this year’s SIHH watch fair was Baume & Mercier’s launch of an entirely new men’s collection, the Clifton, inspired by a 1950s model from the brand’s extensive archives. The collection consists of the Automatic, a three-hand model with small seconds; the Clifton 1830, a gold version directly influenced by the 1950s original; and one that particularly caught my eye, the Complete Calendar with moon-phase display, here with a sunray satin-finished blue dial.

The Clifton Complete Calendar displays the date (via a center-mounted pointer and 31-day scale around the dial’s periphery), day and month (via two small windows directly above the hour and minute hands) and moon-phase (in a large aperture at 6 o’clock).

The movement is an automatic Dubois-Dépraz 9000, decorated with circular graining on the bridges and a snailed côtes de Genève motif on the rotor. It provides the watch a power reserve of 42 hours.

The case is 43 mm in diameter — a bit larger than the Automatics, at 39 and 41 mm, and the 1830, at 42 mm —and made of stainless steel, with both polished and satin-finished surfaces. There are scratch-resistant sapphire crystals in the front and back of the case, allowing for a nice view of the decorated movement. The watch comes on a black alligator strap, which has a triple-folding clasp with security push-pieces. The price of the watch is a relatively reasonable $4,500. (Click on photos for larger images; more info on the watch is below.)

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar front

Technical characteristics:

Movement: Dubois Depraz 9000, automatic; frequency = 4 hz; 25 jewels; 42-hour power reserve; rotor engraved with snailed côtes de Genève; circular-grained bridges, black and rhodium-plated screws

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, moon-phase

Case and strap: Polished and satin-finished stainless steel case, diameter = 43 mm; thickness = 12.25 mm; water-resistant to 50 meters; anti-glare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; sapphire exhibition caseback secured by four screws; on black alligator strap with square scales; triple-folding clasp with security push-pieces

Dial and hands: Sun satin-finished blue dial (also available with silver-colored dial); Arabic numerals and indices; center-mounted date indicator hand

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar front-back

Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar side view

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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