At last week’s SIHH in Geneva, Baume & Mercier officially unveiled its a fabulous new Clifton collection. Of course this was not a real surprise to Perpetuelle readers, as the new collection was first reported here way back in November 2012. Having now seen the full 1950s-inspired Clifton collection, I can say with confidence that it is poised to be an excellent new series in the Baume & Mercier lineup. Already having familiarized ourselves with the cornerstone of the collection (The Clifton 1830), it’s time now to take a look now at the very nice Clifton Complete Calendar, priced at $4,900 in your choice of colors.
The Clifton Complete Calendar is the most complicated of the new collection, featuring month, day, date and moonphase display on the sensibly arranged and very legible dial. The case is satin-finished stainless steel, 43mm x 12.25mm (more thoughts on this, below). It is offered in a silver or blue dial with sun satin-finish (and gold and silver appliques, respectively). I really like the font choice and the shape of the hour markers.
The movement is the high quality Dubois-Dupraz 9000 caliber, modestly decorated and visibly through display back:
Overall, a beautiful watch, as you see. The only aspect of the Complete Calendar that gives me pause is its size. Given that the other Clifton models come in at 39mm and 41mm, the 43mm size of the Complete Calendar seems a tad large to me. I think a 41mm casing would have been nicer and more consistent with the rest of the collection, but overall for me, probably not a deal killer as this is a great looking watch, a good “starter” calendar watch at an attractive price point. Nicely done, Baume & Mercier.