Baume et Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve
Baume et Mercier presents a new Clifton watch to us: the Baume et Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve. This new Dual time zone watch in their Clifton collection will be presented first at the SIHH 2017. As you may know, the Clifton collection is represented by a fairly wide range of well-shaped dress watches. This GMT Power Reserve adds another timeless design to this range of classy dress watches.
The Clifton GMT Power Reserve will be available with a deep blue dial and a black alligator-leather strap. A combination that suits the watch very well, however I never seem to get used to combining blue with black – but that’s my problem. What strikes me as a huge relieve – for now, I don’t know what Baume has planned for the future – is the fact that this Clifton doesn’t come with a bracelet. Sidenote: I dislike the bracelets in this collection. The watches are very elegant, but the bracelet versions totally ruin that in my opinion. So if you read this and work at Baume et Mercier: keep it classy and cool with only leather straps. I will be thankful for the rest of my life.
Simplicity is key
What this Clifton seems to understand better than some of his brothers is the importance of simplicity. The dial lay-out is great and perfectly in harmony with the rest of the design. In my humble opinion, a dress watch should always be very simplistic. Practical and esthetical harmony should be at its best in a dress watch, I think the Clifton GMT Power Reserve embodies this very well.
It hardly happens that one likes all watches in a collection and I feel the same with this collection. Of course there’s no need to discuss other models, but in this case – it underlines the strong characteristics of this Clifton model. I prefer the simplicity in this model, hands down one of the better additions in this collection. Chapeau Baume et Mercier, a great belated Christmas gift!
A well-executed thing in this watch is the combination of Arabic numerals and triangle-shaped indexes. I really like the font that’s used for the numerals and the fact that they chose to display the 2, 4, 8 and 10 – rather than the traditional 3, 6, 9 and 12. It’s the little things in a watch that matter and – if done well – make the difference.
The case exists out of polished and satin-finished parts and has a very well-shaped form. I like the way the lugs blend into the rest of the case. Although I have to admit: the lugs of for instance the Clifton 10060 (rose gold with small seconds at 6 o’clock) are also very cool. I think Baume et Mercier did a very good job in case of the outer shape of each Clifton watch. Not to complex, simple and elegant. Exactly how you want your dress watch.
A very nice timepiece; as simple as that. I would like to compare it to a Volkswagen Golf. Reliable, high-quality and very well-balanced. This watch isn’t a piece that blows you mind a gives you the idea time-traveling is possible. However, it is a piece that compliments the wearer and states you are an individual with a good sense of style. If you think a comparison with a VW Golf is an insult – think again. I really like this Clifton and I am very interested to see how attractive it is in real life.
CLIFTON GMT POWER RESERVE
Automatic (Soprod 9035)
Oscillating weight personalized
with snailed & « Côtes de Genève » decors
Circular-grained bridges & plate
Blued steel screws
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Hours, minutes, seconds, dual time, power reserve indicator, date
Diameter: 43 mm
Polished & satin-finished steel
Domed antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws
Sun satin-finished blue
Rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and indexes
Square scales black alligator
Adjustable triple folding clasp with security push-pieces
5 ATM (approx. 50m)