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BAUME & MERCIER – Phifty-fifty

While the aesthetic qualities of Baume & Mercier models have always appealed to devotees of classic and elegant watches, their technical content has recently taken a more distinctively horological turn with the Baumatic line of calibers. Designed for the brand bearing the Greek symbol Phi synonymous with perfection, this slim self-winding movement, which guarantees a five-day power reserve, is also chronometer-certified by the COSC. This added value in terms of performance and reliability thereby reinforces confidence among enthusiasts of affordable and tasteful watch creations, who appreciate them for what can be seen on both sides. All the more so here with this movement’s Côtes de Genève motif and gold oscillating weight generously visible through the gold caseback. On the dial side, the readability and functionality of the Clifton Baumatic are ideally served by the alternating black and gold colors of the hands and indications standing out against the creamy white background of this undeniably appealing timepiece. A shining example of the benefits of simplicity.

Clifton Baumatic

CASE : pink gold, polished/satin-finished, sapphire crystal caseback, water-resistant to 30m DIAMETER : 39mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Baumatic BM13-1975A caliber, 120h power reserve), gold rotor, Côtes de Genève motif FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date DIAL : porcelain-type finish, riveted hour-markers, faceted hands STRAP : black alligator leather with tool-free interchangeability, folding clasp

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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