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WOTW: Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Automatic Bracelet Watch

Since being greeted with such positive reactions, Baume & Mercier’s Baumatic movement in 2018 has continue to power the prestigious company’s watches, including their line of Clifton watches. It marks a new direction for the company who have been focusing on creating more technical, sporty and refined timepieces for the past few years. Instead of their famous Hampton designs which offer a classic look upon the wrist, Baume & Mercier are becoming more daring and it’s catching everyone’s attention. Having relied on Sellita movements for so many years, the company who design their timepieces in workshops nestled in the Swiss Jura, have begun to include a little help from Richemont Group’s movement manufacturer, Horlogère ValFleurier.

The Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 40mm watch means business and is designed for the slender gent’s wrist, bearing a comfortable 40mm diameter across the arm. For those who haven’t caught sight of the watch before, this is a diligent and admirable watch with a sleek white dial that promises to look good with any outfit. Wear it to the office with a smart suit or pair it with a casual jeans and shirt duo during a relaxing weekend away. The engine under the bonnet of this masterpiece is a mechanical movement that powers on relentlessly inside a robust stainless steel case free from dust, debris, damaging temperatures and moisture. This constant environment ensures that precision is met no matter what the challenge.

The Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic watch has versatile dimensions and a legible dial, encased within a slim profile that looks good no matter what the occasion. The domed sapphire glass case back of this watch is a clever design choice by Baume & Mercier, as it allows you to take a glimpse of the delicate and intricate manufacture of the movement whilst it performs effortlessly inside its protected environment. The sapphire glass is the same materials used as the lens on the front of the dial, which will allow you to read the time under direct sunlight without any undesirable glare affecting your vision. The polished baton indexes are a nice touch to the dial design. They pair naturally with the minute track around the periphery of the dial and those luxurious central hands which parade the dial with an air of elegance. The domed case back also allows for a much slimmer case band, making the watch look slighter than it really is.

A stainless steel bracelet with foldable clasp will wrap around your wrist comfortably, featuring a mixture of polished and satin-finishes for a nice urban feel against the skin. The layout of the dial and its simplistic approach to time reading is slightly 1950’s inspired, giving the watch just the right amount of character to wear with smart, casual and formal attire – take your pick. However you wear it, the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic watch will look clean, fresh and modern on the wrist.

The bridges with circular grained décor and an open worked oscillating weight seen in the movement are exquisite finishes that will be admired by any collector who can appreciate the complex manufacture behind every Baume & Mercier movement. “Côtes de Genève” and circular decorations join these elements to demonstrate the level of attention to detail that master craftsmen working at Baume & Mercier will go to.

Despite its chronometer-level accuracy, the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic watch hasn’t undergone the COSC tests which for some is an advantage since it makes the watch so accessible at its retail price. The anchor and the escape wheel are all made from silicon and thanks to this technology, the watch has a high resilience to magnetic fields. This classic, retro-inspired watch is sure to become a talking point at any event and promises to be a popular choice for businessmen, professionals and lovers of traditional watch design.

You can check out the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic watch in full detail here.