SIHH 2015 preview…
Baume & Mercier introduced its Clifton collection in 2013, a launch which I was the first to report on in Nov 2012, for what it’s worth. The collection was decidedly well received, and Baume & Mercier has since added both a complete calendar, a chronograph, and a retrograde date to the lineup. In 2015, the Clifton collection will see the addition of an automatic big date + power reserve model, in 43mm case. This piece will be fitted on a brown alligator strap with triple-folding buckle. Price expected to be announced at SIHH 2015. A solid addition to the growing Clifton collection, which offers great design and Swiss mechanics at a reasonable price point compared to other brands in the Richemont portfolio.
We have here a nice new piece in Baume & Mercier’s Clifton collection, featuring a manual wind caliber with 8-day power reserve produced by IWC (essentially to the calibre 59210 in IWC’s Portofino 8-Day watch), in gold case. This is a 185-piece limited edition in celebration of 185 years since the founding of the brand (that’s 10 more years than Patek Philippe, for what it’s worth).
Overall, Baume & Mercier really has a winner going with its new Clifton line which debuted last year (my Perpetuelle was the first to report on the new line, in Nov 2012, before its official launch in 2013). The design on these watches and the dials in particular really resonate with me. Even if the 45mm case size is a bit large for my preferences and tastes in general these days.
Perpetuelle presents the highlights of Baume & Mercier’s 2014 collection as presented at SIHH 2014. In addition to watches featured here, Baume & Mercier also introduced a two-tone Clifton (w/ small seconds and date) and a 30mm Clifton, in several variations.
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The final piece that I am going to highlight in the 2014 Baume & Mercier lineup is the Clifton Tourbillon, a limited edition showpiece from the brand that will list at $59,000. Only 30 will be produced, in a 45.5mm rose-gold case.