Two months ago, Baume & Mercier announced in China an entirely new collection, named Clifton, and inspired by the golden fifties. This week, the Swiss luxury watchmaker introduced the top line model of the collection, the new Clifton 1830.
This newcomer is considered the foundation of the Clifton collection. It is housed in 18-karat red gold with very nice details, such as the polished and satin-finished case parts. Its classic looking case comes with a polished bezel and upfacing parts of the case, while the inward facing parts of the lugs are satin-brushed with straight strokes. The case of the Clifton 1830 measures 42mm in diameter and only 8.85mm in thickness.
The new Clifton 1830 is powered by the caliber 7381 chronograph movement. The manual winding movement is exclusively produced for Baume & Mercier by the La Joux-Perret. This manufacturer has already supplied Baume & Mercier with its mechanisms – the latest example of this cooperation is the limited edition Capeland chronograph watch exclusively made for the U.S. market.
This mechanism provides full 90 hours of power reserve via two main spring barrels and oscillates at the frequency of, 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz). It is visible through the transparent case back of the watch, where you can enjoy some amazing features, such as bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève striping, a circular-grained main plate and blued-steel screws.
The case of the new Baume & Mercier wristwatch is domed with sapphire crystals and it is water resistant up to 50 meters (approximately 165 feet).
Underneath the front sapphire crystal glass lies a silvered opaline dial with a small seconds sub-dial which is situated at the 6 o’clock position.
Its simply designed dial comprises Arabic numerals for even hours and indices for odd hours which are individually applied and riveted from behind. Also, the dial is curved to sport the domed sapphire crystal, with a “Chevée” shape that is identical to that of the acrylic glasses of the past.
The new Baume & Mercier Clifton 1830 Watch is attached to a square scales black alligator strap with a pin buckle.
For the new Clifton Collection, Baume & Mercier opened the entire microsite that is available in English and Chinese. This site has a dot CN domain extension on it, which is the country code for China, so we may assume that the Swiss watch manufacturer in future will be focused on China customers.