At the SIHH 2017, Baume & Mercier enriched the Clifton Collection with an entirely new line named Clifton Club. This range includes several models intended for modern, elegant and active men, or as the Swiss watchmaker calls them “gentlesportsmen”. Furthermore, they are perfectly suited for various occasions from professional to sporting ones.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club timepieces are well-designed, finely executed and, what is equally important, they are well-positioned considering the price and design.
The new Clifton Club watch is housed in a high-quality stainless steel case, with or without ADLC-coating, which measures 42mm in diameter and 10.30mm in thickness. The round case features brushed and satined surfaces and a distinctive design with curved lugs which are designed to offer perfect integration between the case and the strap. Also, it provides the utmost comfort on the wrist. It is shielded with sapphire crystals on both sides and constructed to provide decent water resistance up to 100 meters (circa 330 feet).
This newcomer sports the unidirectional knurled steel bezel with 120 notches that offers ultimate accuracy with two notches per second. Depending on the model, the bezel is either sandblasted steel or sandblasted ADLC coated steel with engraved 60-minute scale. As we can expect from Baume & Mercier, finishes are great, actually the double finish – polished on the edges and sand-blasted in the center of the bezel. The Arabic numerals are manually filled with long-lasting lacquer in orange, or in black for the all-steel and leather versions. A steel ADLC ring is integrated into the black variant, while a steel/aluminum ring is used for the blue model. The bezel also incorporates an interesting orange marker which corresponds to the seconds hand on the dial.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies either black or white dial which is revived by a flange riveted with index dots and encrusted on the edge with a slender inner band in an orange varnished finish in order to enliven the dial. The top of the dial is reserved for Baume & Mercier’s Phi logo symbolizing balance which is just like the curved riveted indexes filled with Superluminova SLN C1 green emission that guarantee high legibility in case of poor visibility.
The new Clifton Club is equipped with the Swiss-made mechanical movement (Sellita SW200) with date function and high reliability. The self-winding movement operates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 alternations per hours (4 Hz) and it can store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for 2 days.
From the rear, the screw-down case back boasts a coat of arms with the brand’s “Phi” logo. Depending on the model, the new Baume & Mercier’s timepieces are attached to either stainless steel bracelets or straps that feature a triple folding buckle with two side push-pieces in steel to keep the watch secured on its future owner’s wrist, as well as to provide ease of opening. The retail price varies depending on the variant and it is in the range from $1,950 to $2,250.