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.
Here we have the Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date, new for 2014. The watch shares the characteristic elegance of the Clifton collection, including its well proportioned dial and graceful case lines. This watch is distinguished by its retrograde date function, as well as a day of week subdial and power reserve. I think one of these indicators, however, is wholly unnecessary. Read on below for more analysis.