Baume & Mercier has changed tack profoundly subsequent to presenting its first restrictive development – Baumatic™- during the SIHH in January 2018. Welcomed with positive responses, the Baumatic™ has been housed in the Clifton line of watches, Baume & Mercier’s all-rounder assortment that incorporates the lively Clifton Club arrangement, obviously focused at more youthful men. Yet, most importantly, the Clifton Baumatic marks another bearing for the brand with its elite chronometer-grade development, a tireless and outstanding advance up from outsider sourced developments that were the pillar of the brand. Introduced in a COSC-guaranteed form – the Clifton Baumatic Chronometer – and three non-COSC renditions with a similar motor under the cap, this model on a steel bracelet is an easygoing skirting on exquisite watch, an ideal watch to bring young fellows into the universe of mechanical developments. Unassuming however attractive, exceptional precisely yet not cumbersome, the Clifton Baumatic is Baume & Mercier’s proposition of an easygoing regular watch with a reasonable cost tag.
Blowing away the Hamptons
For numerous years, Baume & Mercier had supported a nonexclusive brand picture intended to summon the way of life and state of mind of the Hamptons, the rich American sea shore resort that, as I would like to think, had small bearing on the Swiss brand. More in accordance with showcasing for a company like Patek Philippe, with amazing families running shoeless in the sand, Baume & Mercier has at last, and admirably, (nearly) deserted the Hamptons – there are presently only 3 references of the Hampton on the webpage.
Instead of arranging an invented heaven at the SIHH stand this year, Baume & Mercier chose to get specialized and present its BM12-1975A type with a stand expected to feature the mechanical credits and properties of its new game-evolving development. Rather than whitewashed decking and guilefully organized shells, there were not kidding, dim pedantic boards laying out the four principle properties of the new development: against attraction, self-governance, chronometric accuracy and durability.
Having depended on ETA and Sellita-sourced developments previously, this new part in Baume & Mercier’s set of experiences is being composed with a little assistance from its companions looking like Richemont Group’s development producer, Horlogère ValFleurier. As the provider of specific developments for brands like Montblanc, IWC, Panerai and even Vacheron Constantin’s entrance level type 1326 fueling the FiftySix assortment , the choice to include ValFleurier in the creation of a programmed development for Baume & Mercier bodes well. Given Baume & Mercier’s situation as a previously rung on the extravagance Richemont watch stepping stool, the costs engaged with building up its own assembling would have been ludicrous and contradict the brand’s saying to create “moderate extravagance watches”. In the soul of the historical backdrop of Volkswagen (individuals’ vehicle), intended to offer general society everywhere a reasonable, all around planned and dependable vehicle, the Clifton Baumatic is an ideal section level watch.
Versatile measurements and a clear dial
Housed in a treated steel case estimating 40mm, the size of the Clifton Baumatic is flexible and its thin profile (tallness 10.3mm) wears well on practically any wrist. Furthermore, the plan is all around thought with a domed caseback, which takes into account a much more slender caseband. This visual stunt again assists with making the watch slimmer than it truly is (despite the fact that it is now not that thick).
The round case, similar to the hardened steel bracelet, highlights cleaned and glossy silk completed subtleties for a contemporary, metropolitan touch. The flawless, basic white dial, which may help some to remember you of the JLC Geophysic, inspires a somewhat 1950s mind-set and has been sand-impacted and lacquered to give it a polish like completion. In contrast to its brother, the COSC-guaranteed chronometer model , this model doesn’t highlight the focal cross or the word CHRONOMETER imprinted on its dial.
The slim stretched and cleaned hour markers add a bit of class as do the lance molded rhodium-plated hands. The minute’s hand arrives at all the exit plan to the dark printed part ring for accuracy readings of the minutes. The date at 3 o’clock and all the data imprinted on the dial is dark for a look that is fresh, spotless and neat simultaneously. The general plan is spotless, very rich and circumspect (something you can anticipate from B&M), nonetheless, extents are correct and the expansion of a steel bracelet gives greater adaptability, more easygoing quality to this watch. To put it plainly, it becomes an all-rounder, which can be worn in many conditions – business or relaxation – or that will satisfy the individuals who live in hotter territories of the world. A genuine competitor in the one-watch collection.
The invert side uncovers the machine-completed designs of the development – spans with roundabout grained style, an openworked wavering weight embellished with “Côtes de Genève” and snailed enrichments, etc… – and a portion of the components liable for its strong mechanical credentials.
The genuine superstar: BM12-1975A
Like its guaranteed brother, the Clifton Baumatic 5 Days/Chronometer , this model holds chronometer-level exactness yet hasn’t gone through the COSC tests – making it significantly more open however not compromising one bit of specialized quality. Type BM12-1975A is the main Richemont Group development to combine a silicon balance spring and an elite escapement. Strength to attractive fields has been countered with silicon innovation and the hairspring, the anchor and the departure wheel are totally produced using silicon offering security of up to 1,500 Gauss, a lot for regular day to day existence situations.
The power save has additionally been tended to and the Clifton Baumatic offers an impressive 5-day/120-hour level of independence, around multiple times the force hold of a standard programmed watch (most ETA/Selitta developments have a 38-hour or a 42-hour power save). Another consoling element of the development is its exactness rating (- 4/+6 seconds/day) on a standard with COSC chronometer standards.
In expansion to the model with chronometer affirmation , all the arrangement creation watches bearing the Baumatic™ development are acclimated to similar demanding principles all through the whole 120-hour power save. The fourth front is toughness and Richemont’s Research & Innovation Teams have created greases that last more and diminish the recurrence of watch administration and support, somewhere in the range of five to seven years. Once more, this is proof of pragmatism.
With its exceptional development, attractive highlights, immortal styling and alluring value, the Baumatic Clifton marks the start of another, more specialized section at Baume & Mercier. This model comes on a steel bracelet with a triple collapsing catch with push pieces and retails for EUR 2,750 (or EUR 2,600 when worn on a leather strap.)
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic is such a watch that, from the start, feels less alluring than it is in the metal. In fact, this watch isn’t implied for genuine watch lovers. In any case, for somebody looking for his first genuine watch – comprehend mechanical – or for a watch to be worn each day, all over the place, Baume & Mercier has unquestionably made a fascinating offer.
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