Baume & Mercier : bringing performance to the wirst

Clifton Baumatic

CASE : polished/satin-brushed steel


MOVEMENT : self-winding Baumatic BM12-1975A caliber, five-day power resrve

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date

DIAL : white with a porcelain finish

CASEBACK : sapphire

STRAP : alligator leather


The announce was a surprise to everyone, initially arousing curiosity among watch industry professionals and then receiving their full approval. Baume & Mercier has indeed waited a long time before equipping its timepieces with a proprietary caliber, but it is certainly true that with the Baumatic BM12-1975A, its very in-house self-winding movement, the watch Maison has not done things by half. Stemming from a long-term endeavor with the Manufacture ValFleurier and the Research & Innovation division of the Richemont group, this distillation of technology deserves applause in several respects. The Baumatic caliber is first and foremost resistant to magnetism up to 15,000 gauss, meaning 25 times more than the customary standard. It is particularly longlasting, with a power reserve running to 120 hours. It also remains impressive accurate throughout the power reserve, with a variation in rate of just -4/+6 seconds per day. Its construction – and more specifically the quality of the lubricants used – ensure enhanced durability. A concentrated blend of technical feats backed by a silicon balance-spring coupled with a high-performance escapement, along with impeccable cost control. Baume & Mercier has chosen the Clifton collection to house this champion of precision and reliability. A classic yet urban look, understated display and tool-free strap interchangeability are the brand’s new winning trilogy embodied in this model now on display in the windows of Gübelin’s Geneva boutique.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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