Promoting Modern But In a Timeless Form — Presenting Baume & Mercier Clifton

10 Aug, 2023 Chat 0
Promoting Modern But In a Timeless Form — Presenting Baume & Mercier Clifton

Craftsmanship plays a paramount role in luxury watches, elevating them from mere timekeeping devices to exquisite works of art, a quality abounding at Baume & Mercier. Since its foundation in 1830, Baume & Mercier has been a beacon of horological artistry, captivating watch enthusiasts with its dedication to precision, elegance and uncompromising quality.

One of its collections that has captivated connoisseurs with its meticulous craftsmanship and expert engineering is Baume & Mercier Clifton. First launched in 2013, it was inspired by the brand’s models from the 1950s. While a few elements certainly differ based on each model, there are some details that are unique to the collection and consistent throughout each piece. For example, one will likely spot the classic round-shaped case, riveted hour indexes, and sleek, tapered hands. In addition, an automatic movement and the inclusion of a date complication are also common to most pieces; the latter is incorporated both as a simple window and a sub-dial. The option to choose from a steel bracelet or a leather strap further allows you to customise your Clifton according to your preference.

From its distinctive aesthetics to its exceptional functionality, the Clifton captures the essence of understated luxury. It serves as a coveted companion for those who appreciate the fusion of tradition and modernity. So, if you want to add timeless class and commendable engineering to your watch collection, here are the five best Baume & Mercier Clifton watches you need to check out.

1. Baume & Mercier Clifton Annual Calendar

The Baume & Mercier Clifton reference MOA10450 is exceptional in functionality, giving you an annual calendar complication. The round 43mm steel case showcases a captivating white dial that features sleek hands for hours, minutes, and seconds. The hour markers on the dial are easy-to-read Arabic numerals as well as alternating indexes in a teardrop shape. Apart from this, at 12 o’clock, just beneath the brand name, are windows featuring the day of the week and the month. You can tell the date with the help of the date counter present on the outer circumference of the dial, with a distinct red-tipped blue hand for indication.

Further, the element that grabs your attention right from the first glance is the moon phase indicator positioned at six o’clock. It is engineered to indicate the different phases of the moon via a moving moon dial. Putting the finishing touches to this stunning timepiece is the blue strap crafted from luxurious alligator leather, accentuated by the steel buckle.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Annual Calendar
Clifton Annual Calendar
Baume & Mercier Annual Calendar
Baume & Mercier Clifton Annual Calendar
Baume & Mercier Clifton Annual Calendar in a round 43mm steel case with a well-assembled white dial
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2. Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra 1964

With design elements borne from the classic Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, this stunning timepiece was designed in consultation with the original designer of the Daytona for greater design accuracy. With just 1964 limited edition pieces released, this Clifton Club model is crafted from durable steel and features a round 44mm case, exuding strength and elegance. The captivating silver dial showcases a range of features, including a small seconds sub-dial at nine o’clock, the tachymeter scale at the flange, a day-date display at three o’clock, and the hours and minutes hand resembling the speedometer on the Shelby Cobra, all driven by the reliable automatic Calibre 7750. This impressive movement supports the complications perfectly with a commendable power reserve of approximately 48 hours.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra MOA10342
Inspired by the classic Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, this Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra MOA10342 is a 44mm automatic watch in steel
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The impressive chronograph function deserves special mention on this timepiece. The sub-dials at 12 and six o’clock count the chronograph minutes and hours, respectively, whereas the red central hand—featuring the Cobra logo—counts the seconds. The controls on either side of the crown allow you to start/stop or reset the function.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra MOA10342
Baume & Mercier Clifton watches
Best Baume & Mercier Clifton watches
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra MOA10342

3. Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic

The Clifton Baumatic can be considered one of the standout pieces in the collection, with the maison itself labelling it as “specially designed for the connoisseur of beautiful watches.” The Baumatic features the first in-house calibre of the atelier, unveiled in 2018 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), and this Baumatic 10467 embodies the charm and perfection of the collection perfectly. Meticulously designed, this analogue timepiece embodies sophistication and precision. Just like other Baumatic timepieces, this also houses the in-house automatic movement developed after almost four years of research, featuring denoted precision and the use of silicon technology to perform impeccably in four areas: anti-magnetism, autonomy, accuracy, and durability. The movement boasts 28,800 vibrations per hour and 21 rubies. Additionally, the five-day power reserve ensures you can wear it for almost an entire week before the mechanism needs to rewind.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic
The Clifton Baumatic is the most technically adavanced timepieces by Baume & Mercier. It is powered by an in-house automatic movement
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4. Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date

Designed for discerning gentlemen, this exceptional timepiece was launched at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in 2014. Encased in a 43 mm steel case, the elegant dial features alternate Arabic numeral and index hour markers with a dauphine handset in classic rose gold. Additionally, the outer circumference of the dial features a 60-second scale to ensure accuracy right down to the second.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date (reference MOA10149)
Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date (reference MOA10149)
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But that is where the basic functionalities end. The dial features sub-dials that give you the calendar experience with ease. At three o’clock sits a retrograde date counter, which actually denotes a step forward for the collection, making it more versatile. The nine o’clock counter completes the calendar feature by showing the day of the week through the sub-dial. Furthermore, the indicator at six o’clock lets you know how much of the power is left before your watch needs another winding. The brown leather strap, kitted with a folding clasp, adds a timeless touch to this timepiece.

5. Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Chronograph

If anyone knows how to tastefully add more complexity without marring an elegant layout, it is Baume & Mercier. This Clifton 10280 exudes timeless sophistication and refined elegance, starting with its two-toned 43mm case. While the bezel contouring the bezel is rose gold, the case is crafted from steel, boasting a polished finish. The bezel also matches the dauphine hour and minute hands, along with the hand showing the date. This is contrasted by the bright blue shade used for the seconds hand and the sub-dials. The same rose gold metal is also used for the hour markers for a cohesively sophisticated appearance.

Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Chronograph MOA10280

Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Chronograph MOA10280

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In addition, the timepiece also boasts a full calendar, a chronograph, and a GMT function. While the sub-dials on the watch are arranged in a vertical configuration, the dial features a date tracker along the outer circumference and a second time zone on the nine o’clock counter. The two windows at 12 o’clock help you keep track of the day of the week and the month. Furthermore, gracing the spot at six is the moon phase tracker. Despite the seemingly crowded layout, the timepiece does not lose even the tiniest bit of elegance that Clifton is renowned for.

Baume & Mercier Clifton MOA10280
Baume & Mercier Clifton watch with a black strap
Clifton MOA10280
Clifton MOA10280 with GMT and Chronograph
Baume & Mercier MOA10280

In Conclusion

From the iconic design to the intricate complications and meticulous attention to detail, each timepiece in the Clifton collection embodies the maison’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Be it the boardroom or the ballroom, these stunning pieces will complement your attire to lend the perfect finishing touch with their elegance and timeless allure.


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