SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 New Chronographs From Baume & Mercier Clifton Collection Written byMark BernardoNovember 20, 2013 Next year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva is still nearly two months away, but the watch brands exhibiting there have already begun to offer sneak previews of their new timepieces. The first to do so is Baume & Mercier, which has released info and photos of three new chronographs in its recently introduced Clifton collection. The first chronograph model in the 1950s-inspired Clifton collection (which thus far has included only a three-hand model with small seconds and a “Complete Calendar” model with moon-phase) has a 43-mm case and a self-winding mechanical movement from ETA. The case has polished and satin finishes and has a scratch-resistant anti-glare crystal and an exhibition caseback secured by four screws. It is water-resistant to 50 meters. The dial features a sun satin finish and either blued steel or golden hands. The Arabic numerals and indices are either silver-colored (in the model with blued hands) or gold-colored (in the two models with golden hands). The watches come on either a black or brown “square-scaled” alligator strap or on a polished/satin-finished steel link bracelet, all with triple-folding clasps. The movement, ETA’s tried-and-true 7750 chronograph caliber, is visible through the caseback; Baume & Mercier has personalized the rotor with snailed and côtes de Genève decoration. The bridges also feature côtes de Genève as well as a circular graining pattern. The movement has rhodium-plated screws, 25 jewels and a 48-hour power reserve. Tentatively, Baume & Mercier says that the new Clifton Chronographs will be available in April 2014 and will retail at $3,900 – $4,200. Final dates and prices will be confirmed when the watches are launched at SIHH in January.
I find the fit and finish of Baume and Mercier Watches immaculate. I think their designs are beautiful. My personal favorite is the previous generation Capeland S Chronograph. However, I would be happier if they produced their own movement. For comparison’s sake, you can buy Longines Master models with proprietary movements at a lower price point.
Smart looking watch. very dressing. good brand. well known from 1830. I do have 2 b&m watches, riviera & classima chrono. I think over priced time piece. eta movements ok 25 jewels no for clifton chronograph. Thanks again George from Sydney Australia