Proving more than just an ‘accessible’ watchmaker, Baume et Mercier’s Clifton Baumatic 18k Perpetual Calendar moves the marque into new, elevated territory.
Building on the success of its first in-house movements – the BM12 and BM13 – Baume et Mercier flexes its competency in complications via the likes of the 18k Perpetual Calendar, which boasts an in-house self-winding BM13-1975AC-2.
The movement is elegantly fitted to an 18-carat, 42mm pink gold case that offers a satin finish and sits at a reasonably svelte 12.1mm thick. The end result is an effortless, classic dress watch that hits all the right notes.
Given the price point (though know you’re also not scoring a perpetual calendar in rose gold elsewhere for this price) you’d expect elevated levels finesse and finish. And it further delivers – the caseback protected by a sapphire crystal allowing a window to the calibre’s circular-grained bridges, along with the gold-plated oscillating weight decorated with ‘Cotes de Geneve’ snailing. Other sophisticated markings include the Phi character lyre – Baume et Mercier’s symbol.
The dial sees the perpetual calendar indicated through gilt riveted, trapezoid-shaped, pink gold bars and hands set against the “warm white” porcelain-like dial. Elsewhere, blue steel hands point to the day, date, month and leap year while, at the 6’oclock, a moonphase indicator can be found with a blue lacquered finish.
The dress watch is strapped to the wrist via an alligator tone-on-tone stitched strap that is interchangeable through its system of quick-change spring bars. The buckle coordinates with the case in the same polished and satin-finished 18-carat pink gold.
The timepiece offers an impressive 120-hour power reserve, is water-resistant to 50-metres and is priced at around £21,000.