At the SIHH 2016 watch exhibition which runs from January 18 to January 22, Baume & Mercier extends its Clifton family of watches with the new Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar Watch. The complete calendar was launched in 2013, and now this update comes with a chronograph function.
Baume & Mercier Chronograph Complete Calendar Watch is a beautiful everyday, sporty, yet elegant timepiece crafted from polished and satin finished stainless steel. The watch case measures 43mm in diameter and 12mm in thickness.
At the first glance, the dial of the new Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar might look a bit clustered considering the fact that it features no less than 8 hands, 3 subsidiary dials and 3 windows – for the indication of the time, as well as for chronograph and calendar function. However, its silvery white dial still remains highly legible thanks to hands in different colors.
The hours and minutes are indicated with centrally-positioned silver-colored hands. A long, tipped hand on the central axis marks the date, which is printed on the periphery of the dial. A small seconds and a day and night indicator share the same counter which is located at the 9 o’clock position – a small seconds hand is silver-colored, while a day/night hand is gilded. The day of the week and the month are displayed in two windows at the 12 o’clock position, whilst the counter at the 6 o’clock position shows information about the moon phase.
As you can see on the image above, there are three blued hands and they serve for chronograph functions – the central seconds hand, the sub-dial hand in 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position, and the small hand in the 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position. The watch is shielded on both sides with anti-reflective sapphire crystals. The crystal also protects the movement from minor ingress of water, and it is rated as water resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet).
The beating heart of the new Baume & Mercier Clifton is Swiss-made movement Valjoux 7751 automatic movement. The mechanism is visible through the sapphire crystal case back, which reveals the engraved rotor encrusted with Geneva stripes, blued screws, and perlage on the main plate and bridges. The impeccable movement oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and promises at least 42 hours of power reserve.
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar comes with a black alligator leather strap, fitted with a folding clasp. The watch will be officially introduced at the SIHH 2016 in January and it will be priced around 4,000 Euros.