Baume & Mercier launched its Clifton collection of men’s watches in 2013, and has been adding models to it in subsequent years. The latest Baume & Mercier Clifton, which debuts this week at SIHH, is the collection’s most complicated watch to date, combining two functions found in previous models, a chronograph and complete calendar.
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar, like all models in the Clifton collection, takes its design cues from the brand’s Golden Fifties watches, vintage pieces from the 1950s that are now preserved at the Baume & Mercier museum in Switzerland. Its 43-mm-diameter steel case has both polished and satin finishing and scratch-resistant sapphire crystals in the front and back. The elegantly balanced layout of the tricompax dial features blued steel hands (a hallmark of the collection) for the chronograph counter hands, a red-tipped pointer hand for the date, and subdials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock. The month and day appear in apertures within the 12 o’clock subdial, which also serves as the 30-minute chrono counter; a moon-phase display, which completes one rotation every lunar month, shares the 6 ‘clock subdial with the chronograph’s 12-hour counter; and a 24-hour day-night indication completes the calendar functions at 9 o’clock.
Inside the watch — and visible through the clear caseback — is the automatic ETA Valjoux 7751 movement, to which Baume & Mercier has added an array of haute horlogerie finishes, including snailed patterns and côtes de Genève on the rotor, perlage on the bridges and plates, and classically blued screws. The strap is in black alligator leather and features an adjustable, steel triple folding clasp.
The retail prices for the Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar are $4,990 on a leather strap (pictured), $5,100 on a steel bracelet, and $5,450 on a strap and a two-tone steel-and-gold case. I had a chance to try on the Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar at Baume & Mercier’s SIHH presentation. Below is a quick snapshot of how it looks on the wrist.