Flash News: Baume & Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve

By Thierry Ané on January 15, 2015

One interesting timepiece after another, Baume & Mercier is slowly but surely expanding the "Clifton" line and turning it into a showcase of this great Maison’s expertise in Fine Watchmaking.

The latest addition to this multi-purpose collection, featuring a classic and timeless design with the right amount of modernity to be worn in all occasions, is the Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve that will be unveiled on January 19, 2015 in Geneva at the start of the SIHH.

The name actually says it all, at least in terms of the functionalities of the watch: this three-hand self-winding model also boasts a large date by two windows placed at noon facing a sectorial power reserve indicator at the 6 o’clock position.

The design is elegant and perfectly balanced and the gilt facetted dauphine hands and applied Arabic numerals and indexes are remarkably legible on the domed silver-coloured sun satin-finished dial background.

In a nice effort to make the design harmonious, the date windows have also been framed in gold and the blued power reserve hand is a nice match to the blue numerals on the minute track at the outer edge of the dial.

The gentle curves of the 43 x 12.05 mm round stainless steel case cleverly alternate polished and satin-finished surfaces to emphasise the craftsmanship that goes into producing this tribute to the 1950s aesthetics. The sapphire crystal on the back reveals the movement and the oscillating weight featuring the brand’s iconic Greek letter “Phi”.

This Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters and mounted on a finely crafted dark brown alligator strap secured by a triple folding buckle.

After the Automatic, the Chronograph, the GMT, the Retrograde, and the Complete Calendar Moonphase, this Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve is a wonderful new combination of useful complications that makes perfect sense with the rest of the line.

Will there be other renditions of this great-looking watch, like for instance an anthracite or blue dial model as they did respectively with the GMT or the Complete Calendar Moonphase? We will have to wait the SIHH to find out but I will definitely come back on this watch with live pictures as soon as I see it in person.

For more information please visit the Baume & Mercier web site.

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