This week at the SIHH, Baume & Mercier premiered a new men’s line of watches, Clifton collection, which will be officially available at retailers in April. All Clifton models are equipped with Swiss-made mechanical movements and they are defined as modern interpretations of the men’s classic round watch.
The New Clifton Line of Watches Inspired by the Golden Fifties’ Model
Each new Clifton timepiece features an uncluttered sun satin-finish dial, double-beveled design, a sapphire case back and curves on the case and the bezel, as well as small complications on some of the models. Also, each new Clifton watch is crafted in stainless steel or 18-karats red gold, and attached either to an alligator leather strap or to a stainless steel bracelet.
Probably the most interesting member of the new Clifton Collection is the Clifton 1830 which could be considered as the cornerstone of the collection. This watch is powered by the manually-wound caliber of the La Joux-Perret manufacture and it is a real collector’s piece.
It is housed in an 18-karats gold case with the diameter of 42mm. It has a polished bezel and upfacing parts of the case, while the inward facing parts of the lugs are satin-brushed with straight strokes. As it is reported by the manufacturer, the Clifton 1830 is said to be the most accurate interpretation of the historical model from the Baume & Mercier Museum in Geneva, according to the group. Here you can read more about this particular model.
Many will be drawn to the Clifton Small Seconds Watches. Baume & Mercier offered three models of this watch. Two of them have sun satin-finished silver-colored dials with Arabic numerals and indexes (their referent numbers are 10052 and 10054), while the third version matches a sun satin-finished black dial and rhodium-plated hands (the referent number is 10053). Here you can read more about Clifton Small Seconds Watches.
In my opinion, the most interesting new model is Clifton Complete Calendar Moon phase watch which displays the date, the day and the month, as well as the moon phases contained within a large aperture situated at the at 6 o’clock position. The Swiss watchmaker offered two versions of this watch. The first one with the referent number 10055 sports a silver-colored dial, while the second one which is my favorite matches a sun satin-finished blue dial surface (the referent number is 10057). More about this and other Clifton models will be posted at watchalyzer.com very soon.
Baume & Mercier Unveiled New Linea Models
On the first day of the Salon International de la Haute Horologie in Geneve Baume & Mercier also presented its new quartz Linea 27mm series for women. These new ladies wristwatches feature interchangeable straps in hand-woven leather in various colors created in collaboration with the Canadian actress, Emmanuelle Chriqui.
The Canadian actress, best known for her role on HBO’s Entourage as Sloan McQuewick, was an obvious choice for B&M as she has been a loyal fan of the brand for the past two years. She worked with the Swiss company to put her own modern spin on the Linea by introducing a casual-chic woven lambskin strap.
“I’ve always had an affinity for woven leather. Its handcrafted, artisan appeal is such a great, yet unexpected pairing with the Linea watch. The strap is so soft and supple. We chose a color palette of white, orange and beige; very light and beachy, paying homage to Baume & Mercier’s Seaside Living mantra,” Chriqui said. “I’m a huge fan of the Baume & Mercier brand, it was an absolute thrill to work alongside their design team inGeneva”, she concluded. This line of women’s watches will be launched in Spring/Summer 2013.
Besides these gorgeous additions in the women’s watch category, the Swiss manufacturer also offered two exquisite mechanical models from the Linea 27mm collection. These exceptional timepieces are available in steel or two-tone version, each set with 11 diamonds.
Inside their cases, there are Swiss made ETA 2671 mechanical movements. Here you can read more about these two models. In my previous review, I said that you can treat yourself with one of these pieces, but I will have to correct myself: you can treat yourself with one of these Linea models, but not before September when they will be available in stores.