Baume & Mercier filled significantly in the regard of watch fans in the wake of presenting its first exclusive programmed type in 2018, the Baumatic . For the SIHH 2019, Baume & Mercier wanders into more complex horological landscape and tops its superior Baumatic development with a perpetual calendar module.
The new Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar denotes the first run through the brand’s restrictive development puts resources into something more complicated than the straightforward time and date watches of the Baumatic assortment to date. Not that the brand has not dug into the field of more complicated watches. We’ve seen the Clifton Retrograde Date , the Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar, and even the Clifton 1892 Tourbillon Volant and the Clifton Pocket Watch 5 Minute Repeater – yet these were all fitted with out-sourced developments. Indeed, those of you acquainted with the brand will recognize the prompt likeness to a previous model, the Clifton 10306 QP in red gold; the fundamental distinction, obviously, is in the development and the mechanical update it entails.
Since its presentation a year ago, the chronometer-grade Baumatic development has been housed in Baume & Mercier’s cost friendly Clifton line of watches in hardened steel cases with time and date works as it were. Climbing the stepping stool in metal and complications, the new Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar comes in a 42mm 18k red gold case with a profile of simply 12mm. The case highlights cleaned and silk completed surfaces and has a more complex and modern engineering than the Baumatics we have seen up until this point. It is 2mm bigger than its siblings and transmits a more strong, sumptuous character. Ensured by a sapphire gem, the caseback uncovers the roundabout grained spans and the sandblasted baseplate of the development. The gold-plated rotor is openworked and brightened with Côtes de Genève enrichment with snailing.
Having depended on ETA and Sellita-sourced developments previously, the appearance of the Baumatic was an achievement in Baume & Mercier’s set of experiences, composed with a little assistance from its companions as Richemont Group’s development producer, Horlogère ValFleurier. The principal Richemont Group development to combine a silicon balance spring and an elite escapement, the four fundamental properties of the Baumatic BM13-1975AC-1 – hostile to attraction (up to 1,500 gauss), self-governance (5-day influence hold), chronometric accuracy (- 4/+6 seconds of the day) and strength (no upkeep for at any rate five years) –are saved in the new Perpetual Calendar model. The modern calendar module guarantees that no date remedy will be vital before March 1, 2100, a non-jump year.
The design of the dial is indistinguishable from the Clifton 10306 with three counters for the perpetual calendar: day of the week at 9 o’clock, month and jump year sign at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, and a moon stage work at 6 o’clock. For this situation, the counters are not snailed or recessed like the past model and the night sky of the moon stage is enhanced with brilliant stars. The Arabic numerals have additionally changed and been supplanted with lengthened (more current) facetted hour markers. Time is perused by gold-hued hour, moment and seconds hands alongside blued hands for the perpetual calendar signs. Set against a grayish dial with a porcelain finish, the watch is a lot of a contemporary classic.
Presented on a dark gator lash with a 18k red gold clasp, the tie is tradable. The cost of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar is to be affirmed soon. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.baume-et-mercier.com .