Baume & Mercier Clifton Collection

For SIHH 2013, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Baume & Mercier announces the induction of new models under Clifton Collection. This time at Baume & Mercier the focus is firmly mechanical, with time expressing its full dimension in collections incorporating more sophisticated watchmaking features and re-sized characters to meet the expectations of watch lovers in search of not only serious time-keeping instruments but also jewelry pieces in their smallest detail. Designed for the town, but with that little touch of “seaside living” associated with the Hamptons, the Clifton 1830 is a reference piece in 18K red gold with manual winding (ref 10060).

Together with the two Clifton automatic 41 mm models (ref 10052 and 10053) and even the new mechanical models from the Linea 27 mm collection (ref 10113 and 10114), it combines an unmistakable distinction with an enduring spirit.

Clifton 1830 (18 K Red Gold – Ref 10060)
This new piece in 18K red gold, powered by a manually wound calibre by the manufacture, is the exemplary urban watch intended as the most authentic re-edition of the historical model that has inspired the entire Clifton collection.

Some choices, as soon as they move outside the framework of generally accepted taste, position those who make them as opinion-formers. It is unusual to opt for manual winding in a world where most people still believe that automatic winding is the quintessence of mechanical watchmaking.

But for those who can read between the lines and are familiar with the highest levels of Fine Watchmaking, someone with a hand-wound watch is recognized as a design lover who looks beyond conventional thinking. This simple, refined watch, with its curves and straight lines, merges into the wrist. At first glance, there is nothing to suggest its important difference and its emotional power.

Yet it has been created to form a close bond with its owners. It is a marvelous example of balance and classic design, almost as if inspired by the best of the Maison’s models from the “Golden Fifties” but with its dimensions adapted to meet the requirements of modern trends. This is a discreet timepiece that says nothing about what makes it different; it is firmly a watch of its time, appealing only to the initiated. For this reason, it will be the choice of those who appreciate elegance in the office and will accompany its owners through all of life’s important moments.

This watch is considered the foundation of the Clifton collection. It has a diameter of 42 mm and is made from an ingot of 18K red gold. Its fineness has been created by artists who are devoted to offering the best of traditional watchmaking while meeting the highest contemporary standards. With its polished and satin-finished case, this piece is magnificently presented. Here its dial is curved to match the domed sapphire crystal whose “Chevée” shape is identical to that of the acrylic watch glasses of the past. The domed disc in silvered opaline, with the small seconds counter inset at 6 o’clock, is set with numerals and indices that are individually applied then meticulously riveted from behind.

Delicate and deliberately simple, this watch is fitted with a Manufacture caliber adapted for Baume & Mercier by the La Joux-Perret Manufacture. This exceptional mechanism, ref 7381, has a power reserve of 90 hours once its barrels are fully rewound. Visible through the transparent case back it has all the features that will enable it to survive the passing years without becoming out of date. Each piece has been optimized to avoid any problems, including a balance operating at 21,600 vibrations per hour.

This movement, worthy of the fine chronometers that have amply proved Baume & Mercier’s expertise, is the pride of the watchmakers who created it and will also be the pride of its owners with its superior finishes that meet the standards of a Manufacture caliber. Bridges decorated with “Côtes de Genève”, the circular-grained bottom plate and the delicately blued-steel screws can be admired through the transparent sapphire case back. This new piece, in an 18K red-gold case that is waterresistant to 50 meters, is a demonstration of expertise pushed to the very limit.

To reach the highest possible level and offer an instrument that is both precious and enduring, the Geneva-based watchmaker has used the lessons learned in developing the collection model and applied them to series production. Generations of expertise has been invested in these watches, from the production of the steel case using long and traditional processes to the crafting of the dial, and including the assembly of the automatic mechanical movement on the bench of a specialist watchmaker.

Although this series of watches is produced in greater quantities than the exceptional models, they share the same essential values, such as respecting the principle that a topclass watch should be manufactured in Switzerland with components from the best companies in the Jura region.

But the quest for perfection goes further. All the watches carrying the Baume & Mercier name are produced by the same craftsmen and tested with the same rigor that is applied throughout in the workshops in the heart of the Swiss Jura. They are true to the Genevan Maison’s image in the luxury world: unique yet always within reach.

Baume & Mercier is committed to offering watch lovers models that defy the passage of the years, and the Clifton collection extends the mastery of traditional watchmaking that it has steadily developed since its foundation in 1830.

Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10060
Movement
Manufacture, manual-winding mechanical movement (La Joux-Perret 7381) Double barrel
Movement adjusted to 5 positions: accuracy & high precision
Circular-grained bridges & « Côtes de Genève » décor, circular-grained plate
Blued steel screws
Diameter: 30.4mm
Thickness: 2.7mm
Jewels : 21
Power reserve : 90 hours
Frequency : 3Hz – 21’600 vibrations/H
Functions: Small seconds

Case
 Round, Diameter: 42mm, Thickness: 8.85mm, Polished & satin-finished 18K red gold
“Chevé”-shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystalwith antiglare treatment
Sapphire case back secured with 6 screws

Dial
 Opaline silver-colored, domed
Riveted gilt Arabic numerals and indexes
Gilt and blued steel hands

Strap: Premium black alligator, square scales, double-hemmed finished, tone on tone stitches
Buckle: 18K red gold pin buckle
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)
Estimated gold weight: 34.79 gr

Clifton Automatic, silver-colored dial (10052) & Clifton Automatic, black dial (10053)

Clifton Automatic, hours, minutes, small seconds, silver-colored dial (10052): With its fashionably contemporary 41 mm diameter and traditional look inspired by an exhibit from the Baume & Mercier collections on display in the 1950s, the Clifton watch is a timepiece of enduring value. Its round case, with its thin curved horns of steel for a perfectly snug fit on the wrist has, it is true, a slightly formal edge. But in an era when the disposable nature of things all too often precludes attachment to everyday objects, revisiting such enduring values is a true asset, making such a purchase a real investment in time. Traditionally presented with a black alligator strap plus triple-folding security clasp, the model is adorned with a silver-colored dial graced with Arabic numerals and index markers.

Finely balanced, the traditional look of this timepiece, water resistant to 50 meters, is highlighted by the presence of blue steel hands driven by a mechanical self-winding caliber vibrating at a frequency of 4 Hz for greater accuracy. Visible through the transparent case back, the heart, with its oscillating mass adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” decor, clearly asserts its ambition to target an audience of forceful young executives naturally endowed with a sense of leadership and business.

Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10052
Movement
Automatic (Sellita SW260-1)
Oscillating weight personalized with snailed decor & « Côtes de Genève » decor
Circular-grained bridges
Black & rhodium-plated screws
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz
Functions: Small seconds , Date

Case
 Round, Diameter: 41mm, Thickness: 11.54 mm, Polished & satin-finished steel
Antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws

Dial
Sun satin-finished silver-colored
Arabic numerals and indexes
Blued steel hands

Strap: Square scales black alligator
Buckle: Triple folding buckle with security push-pieces
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Clifton Automatic, hours, minutes, small seconds, black dial (10053): Professionals say of black dials that they tend to lend something of a martial character. This is because most watches intended for use in battle deploy this colour to set off the hands on the dial, thus making them more readable.

In this case, the black treatment of the Clifton watch face imparts a slightly more assertive presence, highlighting its “sturdy” character and by implication, enhancing the virility of the active urbanite who wishes to subtly emphasize his dynamic nature. Presented with a brown alligator strap, this watch with a 41 mm case in steel and indicates the time, the seconds by means of a seconds hand at 6 o’clock, and the date with an aperture at 3 o’clock.

It is powered by a Swiss-made self-winding caliber, of which some of the components, such as the understated finish of the oscillating weight, are visible through the transparent case back. Its sensible size, perfect curvature and the slim, reliable movement of excellent quality selected for this very reason, make it ideal for wear on a dainty bracelet.

Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10053
Movement
 Automatic (Sellita SW260-1)
Oscillating weight personalized with snailed decor & « Côtes de Genève » decor
Circular-grained bridges
Black & rhodium-plated screws
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz
Functions: Small seconds, Date

Case
 Round, Diameter: 41mm, Thickness: 11.54 mm, Polished & satin-finished steel
Antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws

Dial
 Sun satin-finished black
Arabic numerals and indexes
Rhodium-plated hands

Strap: Square scales brown alligator
Buckle: Triple folding buckle with security push-pieces
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

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