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At Baume & Mercier, impeccable quality is a natural prerequisite for all new developments. This philosophy informs every creative project that the Maison undertakes, subscribing to an overall vision. It is the reason why a single director is responsible for the development of each product, its production, and corresponding customer service. This organizational method promotes numerous benefits for the quality of the watch, ensuring that everything works perfectly at every stage of the creative process.
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Although the brand submits its watches and their components to a variety of production tests, it is ahead of time where the majority of production is decided. Brainstorming, meticulously planning, and outlining every last detail before pen is even put to paper is where the real challenge lies. Although quality assurance is essential, thinking ahead from the outset and anticipating all the requirements in the production, sale and use of a watch is much more efficient. Designing a watch also means imagining the life of the object years down the line, and considering questions of repairs, component logistics and production, along with legal issues to ensure that the product, its environment and the services it comprises comply with diverse national and regional legislation.
As Baume & Mercier’s signature semi-casual dress watch, the resourceful Clifton can play host to a pretty wide variety of complications — all from easy GMT and moonphase screens, to endless calendars and this crazy minute-repeating pocket watch. Therefore it should come as little surprise for 2017, as in years’ past, the entry-level Richmont brand is leaning onto the Clifton’s versatility to showcase their most recent technology: an in-house made manual-winding movement equipped with a distinctive system meant to boost accuracy.The Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is the first Richemont group watch to deploy this new technician, known as TwinSpir, which is centered around a new kind of proprietary silicon hairspring developed by the Richemont Research & Innovation team. This fresh spring is comprised of a distinctive, composite construction that unites two layers of silicon, rather oriented and bound through a coating of silicon dioxide. The aim was to produce a hairspring which wasn’t only immune to the typical effects — rust, magnetism, etc., but one that was also largely immune to changes in temperature and infinitesimal variances in pressure while it oscillates.Now, phoning TwinSpir the foundation for a thermocompensated mechanical movement would be something of a gross oversimplification, however this is not far from the premise, either. However, rather than actively adjust for changes in temperatures, this method mutes them. For example, where a typical hairspring might demonstrate varying degrees of elasticity (and therefore subtly differing oscillation speeds) on the wrist to a warm day, vs. sitting on a bedside table, the fundamental assumption of TwinSpir is to make a more consistently stable hairspring that’s mostly immune from these thermoelastic variances whatever the watch’s ambient temperatures. Furthermore, since the hairspring expands and contracts through its typical oscillations, the layered arrangement was made to create a perfectly and more consistent oscillation, eliminating any subtle irregularities in elasticity (or even “elastic anisotropies”) that would also adversely affect the chronometric rate — a known functionality trait exhibited by many traditional hairsprings.
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Every stage in the production of a Baume & Mercier watch is subject to rigorous tests and checks – and the same applies to the movement – the component of a watch consisting of the greatest number of elements. They both have to be intrinsically reliable. Once the first watches are assembled, the pre-series are tested on the wrist by Baume & Mercier employees. Improvements are then made as needed. Once production in series is launched, all feedback – no matter how minor – is analyzed to identify any problems and correct them. All of these observations are documented so as to enhance future development guidelines.
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For this, the return of watches under warranty provides irrefutable proof. It’s impossible to cheat with such evidence. At Baume & Mercier, quality is not an empty promise. The most common reasons for a watch from the Maison to be brought to a service center for repair are shocks and magnetism problems. These factors are both external to the production process. Testament to the virtuous circle engaged in by the brand, the ratio of watches returned under warranty (already one of the lowest in the industry) has been falling steadily for several years.
Our customers have always been the focus at Baume & Mercier. With service and repair centers in more than 100 countries, we aim to meet their needs in close proximity to their geographical locations. However, for the most complicated timepieces, those produced in small series, and vintage models, watches are sent to Baume & Mercier at Les Brenets in the Neuchâtel Jura region, to be serviced or repaired in the hands of the watchmakers with the most experience of this type of exclusive product.
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Baume & Mercier is committed to keeping components in stock for all of the contemporary timepieces, meaning all those produced in the last 20 years. For older timepieces, the Maison is committed to helping our customers restore their watches. The vision for this is clear: when a customer acquires a Baume & Mercier today, he can be confident that he will be accompanied by the brand for the next 200 years.
Because a watch is first and foremost a design in the eyes of the customers, Baume & Mercier pays close attention to this aspect of the creative process. Yet, beyond their design, the watches bear a host of non-visible elements – their reliability, performance, price, guarantee, ability to be serviced or repaired, and brand image. All of these non-material aspects are critical when purchasing a luxury watch. For this reason, a Baume & Mercier will always be so much more than just a watch.
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Founders of Indian Motorcycle, George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom were obsessed in the pursuit of speed. Indian soon became renowned as a brand that set and broke speed records. Indian’s achievements, it is the spirit and legend of Burt Munro that has become a part of the fabric of not just Indian’s culture, but of motorcycling culture in general. When Burt Munro bought the bike in 1926 it was only capable of doing 55mph, but after spending the next 40 years modifying it in his shed, the then 68-year-old grandfather took it to the Bonneville Salt flats in Utah, USA. Here he set an under 1000cc record speed of 183.59 mph (294.5 km/h). However, Munro’s son, John noticed that the average speed calculation on the original 1967 record certificate was inaccurate and that the speed reached was actually 184.087 mph (296.11 km/h). The official listing was therefore corrected 47 years later, and set the record that still stands today.
Burt Munro, the motorcycle racing legend © Baume & Mercier
Burt Munro in Bonneville Salt Flats (1962) © Baume & Mercier
Paying tribute to this 50th anniversary, Baume & Mercier has designed a one-of-a-kind watch.This official Indian Motorcycle watch can be proudly worn to remind the wearer that anything is possible with enough grit and determination and translates the enduring passion, a value conveyed by Baume & Mercier ever since.
This past August I had the joy of attending Wheels & Waves California (sounds much like a theme park than a motorcycling occasion), which is a complementary mini-event to the original Wheels & Waves held in Biarritz, France. Originally a tiny double-digit gathering of family and friends who ride and socialize together, it has since become an annual migration of motorcyclists and surfers into the numbers exceeding 10,000 attendees, completely open to the general public. The stateside version, on the other hand, has been an invitation only event staged in Cayucos, California. It is a sleepy little wild wild west, Cowboys and Indians-like beach town comprising a skate park, two pubs, three cafes, plus a well-known taco store serving up delicious smoked albacore tacos. Baume and Indian equally referenced the long time tradition and parallel of timepieces and motorsports; equally embodying the DNA of technology advancements as well as the pursuit of operation.
Burt Munro was an amazing character who dedicated his life to motorcycling. He simply wanted to be fast and set world records to make his mark on the world. Burt once qualified at over 200 mph (320 km/h), but that was an unofficial run and was not counted. His story was immortalised in the 2006 film called ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’, starring Anthony Hopkins.
Fifty years on from Burt’s record run, the Indian Motorcycle’ team returned to Bonneville in August 2017 with Burt’s first cousin’s grandson, Lee Munro. The aim was to pay tribute to Burt by having Lee Munro ride a modern-day Indian Scout that was sponsored and supported by Baume & Mercier. The Scout frame out of Indian R&D facility’s ‘boneyard’ and mated a modified Scout V-twin engine into it along with an aerodynamic fairing. After many hours of work in their spare time, the team created a new land speed racer. Lee Munro and the team took the ‘Spirit of Munro Scout’ to California’s El Mirage Dry Lake to test, and while there ended up setting a new land speed record of 186.681 mph (300 km/h) in the Southern California Timing Association MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class. At the 69th Bonneville Speed week in August 2017, Lee and the Indian team achieved 191mph (307.39 km/h), going beyond the 184mph set by Burt, and almost reaching the milestone figure of 200mph, which he could not reached due to various technical problems. Baume & Mercier was naturally proud to be part of this tribute as being the Maison celebrating vibrant witness of these unforgettable moments filled with a wealth of emotion.
Lee Munro and the Indian Motorcycle’ team returned to Bonneville in August 2017 © Baume & Mercier
The Clifton Club, Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition
With this limited edition timepiece, Baume & Mercier celebrates an icon, a hero of speed, while at the same time christening the new partnership with the Indian Motorcycle Company – a collaboration in the same vein as the very successful Shelby Cobra.
This limited edition automatic chronograph features a number of special details designed to commemorate the extraordinary achievement of Burt Munro. Immediately apparent is the large, yellow number 35, Munro’s lucky number, in the chronograph seconds counter. Next, the “Indian Red” color of the calfskin strap evokes the deep vermillion color that is identified with the Indian Motorcycle Company, and the color of the Munro Special. The dial itself is silver-colored with sandblasted and snailed finishes, meant to mimic the surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the record was set. The counterbalance of the chronograph seconds hand is the immediately recognizable Indian “I.” The 44mm stainless steel case has a tachymeter scale on the bezel, with the record, 184 mph, highlighted on it. On the back, the famous Indian Headdress logo of the Indian Motorcycle Company is engraved, as well as the number of the limited edition. The Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute is limited to 1967 pieces, recalling the year that Munro set his iconic record. This exclusive timepiece is unveiled for the very first time at EICMA, the world’s most important motorcycle show held in Milan Italy, from 7 to 12 November, 2017.
Clifton Club Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition (back) © Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier Classima : 1’550 CHF
The Classima collection makes a neat fit on any wrist thanks to new diameters specifically intended for women. It also comes in several different strap colours and materials, as well as a variety of dial shades. We have chosen a model with a quartz movement housed in a 31mm-diameter polished steel case measuring 5.95mm thick. The red strap also naturally caught our attention at this time of year.
Featuring a white mother-of-pearl dial bearing Roman numerals and diamond hour-markers, this timepiece with its leaf-shaped hours and minutes hands displays the date through an aperture at 3 o’clock. Its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal makes this watch an excellent companion for everyday elegance.
Classima © Baume & Mercier
The end result? Well, in theory, a more, predictably stable chronometric functionality and greater long-term precision. Granted, we’ll have to withhold judgement until we’ve tested one in the real world. But for now, it’s interesting to watch as an increasing number of brands go away from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), rather deciding to develop proprietary technologies as a way to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the novel, it is also the most intriguing expression to witness firsthand — innovate or perish, right?n accession to the distinctive hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M movement itself hums along at a recognizable 4Hz over the span of its generous power book of around 90 hours. Properly finished with deep Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible beneath the exhibition caseback, the motion itself is also adjusted in five places for accuracy.The 18k red gold case of this Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm broad and 8.9mm thin, using a water-resistance rating of 50m, and it includes a black aligator strap. The mention M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is accessible now, though it’s being produced in very limited amounts, seemingly just sold in Europe, and is retailing for a price of $12,045. An extension of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered here, these bits are designed with specific drivers’ heritages in your mind and provide each the super-charged aesthetics that we have seen up to now from that team-up. Let’s take a moment to determine what’s different this time around.
Hermès Heure H : 2’800 CHF
The new models in the iconic Heure H collection from Hermès, introduced in 1996, take on a lacquered coating that gives them a delightfully shiny finish. These 2017 models are available in two sizes (small and medium) with several strap colours and lengths (single or double-tour versions).
For this winter season, we have selected an all-white model evoking a soft mantle of snow. The 26mm H-shaped steel case equipped with a quartz movement is entirely covered in white lacquer, apart from the natural-metal outline echoed by the hours and minutes hands. The matching dial is also white lacquered. The single tour white grainy calfskin strap appearing on this model can be replaced by another colour or a double tour version.
Heure H (medium model) © Hermès
Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Ladies : 950 CHF
This Christmas, express your love for your nearest and dearest by treating them to this feminine model featuring a dial graced by a guilloché pattern, with tiny hearts in the centre and mother-of-pearl around the rim. The pink gold-plating on the bezel, the Roman numerals, as well as the hours and minutes hands, adds a warm touch to the cool gleam of steel on this 34mm case housing a quartz movement.
As its name implies, this smartwatch automatically displaying the correct time and date even when travelling is equipped with a wealth of functions: call and text notifications, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, smart alarm set to sleep cycles, Get Active alerts, dynamic coach, Cloud storage, Worldtimer… The white rubber strap ensures a comfortable fit and complete freedom of movement.
Horological Smartwatch Ladies © Frédérique Constant
Longines Symphonette : 2’100 CHF
Looking for an original touch? This dainty watch with its two-tone bracelet and oval case might just do the trick. Its petite size ensures it suits (18.90mm x 29.40mm) even the slimmest wrists.
On this discreet yet elegant timepiece, the understated gleam of steel is enlivened by the glowing warmth of pink gold adorning the hours and minutes hands, the crown as well as the lozenges running along the centre of the bracelet. Due to the distinctive shape of its mother-of-pearl dial, the diamond hour-markers are arranged in an irregular pattern that endows this timepiece with a unique charm.
Longines Symphonette © Longines
Ralph Lauren RL888 32 MM acier : 1’850 CHF
Dare to be different with this timepiece whose design veers off the beaten track by adopting an appealing combination of styles. The RL888 collection provides interchangeable straps for women keen to add colour to their daily routine.
RL888 32mm stainless steel © Ralph Lauren
Arabic numerals? Too traditional. Roman numerals? Likewise. How about a bit of both? The result is astonishing. The Roman numerals placed at the four cardinal points follow the curves of the white lacquered and polished dial, as if they were forming a circle, interspersed with smaller and resolutely straight Arabic numerals. The matt-finish brown calfskin strap strikes a pleasing contrast with the shiny appearance of the 32mm polished steel case.
Interchangeable straps © Ralph Lauren
Raymond Weil Shine « étoile » : 1’290 CHF
This watch is designed for those who struggle when it comes to choosing. Buy just one watch and enjoy the impression of having three, thanks to the interchangeable straps creating entirely different styles.
Understated steel, elegant black leather or glamorous pink leather: this model adapts to every outfit and can be worn in any situation. As its name implies, this watch exudes a very special glow. Its 32mm steel case houses a quartz movement powering a discreet date display appearing in a 3 o’clock aperture. Its steel silver-toned dial adorned with a honeycomb motif radiates out towards the outer dial rim bearing Roman numerals, while the blued hands add a colourful touch.
Shine © Raymond Weil
Frankly, I simply liked these design cues since they combine up the style of a rectangular opinion. Sure, it would be simple to generate a thin rectangular situation, slap a level crystal onto it, and call it a day. Together with the Baume & Mercier Hampton, you really do have that look when viewed from straight on, however when viewed at any sort of angle, you find the plan work they put in the watch to allow it to stand out out.Tucked into the case (and viewable through the caseback) is a 4 Hz automatic motion, which of course, drives the three palms and the date display down at 6 o’clock. While I do generally enjoy watching a date display on a watch (especially one that’s likely to see daily wear duty, not worn just on special events), here, it seems as though it might be a little bit of a miss. Together with the numerals after the straight edges of the case and keeping things balanced, the date window feels slightly off-kilter, both concerning positioning and sizing. These two aspects are, of course, constrained by having a date wheel (round) in a case of this shape. It may just be me, but I think that the general design would be served by deleting the date complication. And, while we are at it, the “automatic” text: they really do this to distinguish it from the quartz model, but it seems to just be a diversion on the dial.What shouldn’t be altered, however, is your handset. For starters, we have a three-hander here, and I like using another hand on the move to allow me to know the watch is living. Next up, lets discuss dimensions on the sword-shaped hands on. On a rectangular case, it can be tricky to get the spans right so they do not seem to crowd the brief side of the dial or have dropped on the lengthy side. On the Baume & Mercier Hampton, they did a wonderful job of balancing the two, while maintaining the palms in proportion to each other. Last, let’s talk about the bluing.
Even though the recent earthquake of Mexico on Sep 19th 2017 affected severely the flow of life and business in Mexico City, the SIAR 2017 Organizing Committee and the participating brands decided to rise to the challenge and continue with the most important watch exhibition in South America. The Salon SIAR 2017 ran from October 17th until October 19th at the prestigious Hotel St. Regis in the center of Reforma Avenue in Mexico City.
During the three days of the exhibition, relevant figures of the Mexican and South American political, financial and social communities visited the stands and meeting rooms where prominent Swiss watch companies and their respective CEOs and leaders explained their products, concepts and designs in a direct manner.
Christophe Claret was at the SIAR with its new creations
As in previous SIARs, several brands introduced new products and limited editions at the venue, such as Hublot with its new Hublot Big Bang Classic Fusion Calaveras, Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Seleccion Nacional de Mexico, Manufacture Royale Androgyne Mexico and Louis Moinet Metropolis Sunrise Sonora, the sale proceeds of which will be used to help the citizens affected by the Sep 19th earthquake.
The SIAR 2017 presented awards in several categories to notable watches and brands at a Gala that was used to collect and donate funds to those affected by the earthquake. Bulgari was awarded the Watch of the Year award for the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic, Chanel scooped the Ladies Award for the Première Camélia Skeleton and Hublot took the honors in the Sport Watch category with the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph.
The Rising Brand award was received by Roger Dubuis for its Excalibur Aventador S, while the Chronograph prize was awarded to Richard Mille’s RM 50-03 McLaren F1 Split Seconds Tourbillon Chronograph. In the Concept watch category the Zenith Defy LAB was the winner and in the High Complication the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestial Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 received the recognition from the SIAR 2017 Jury.
Finally, in the Watchmaking Value category, Patek Philippe received the award for its 5320G Perpetual Calendar and Chopard’s Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was recognized with the Special Tiempo de Relojes Award.
The SIAR 2017 once again offered a solid platform for watch brands to present their watches and to get closer to the aspirations of the Mexican and South American markets. Communication and perception are key in these markets and the SIAR affords a great opportunity to encounter, in an intimate fashion, these two sides of the business.
Louis-Joseph Touron (Swiss Ambassador in Mexico), Carlos Alonso (CEO of the SIAR) and Carlo Lamprecht (CEO of the GPHG) proceed with the formal opening of the SIAR 2017 at the St. Regis Hotel.
Bucherer launched yesterday the 16th model in its Bucherer Blue Editions line: the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions. The timepiece, a tribute to the legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona coupé racing car, is limited to 100 watches and will be on sale exclusively at all Bucherer boutiques.
A long history ties Baume & Mercier and Bucherer, both companies with strong traditions. Since the 1920s, they have cultivated an excellent relationship and share common values, such as a love of watches, watchmaking and stylish design. The latest addition to the Bucherer Blue Editions fills the two companies with pride. “The result of a relationship based on so much mutual affinity is an elegant sport watch that reflects the universe of both brands and will certainly appeal to customers who like an exclusive watch with a historical background”, explains Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier. The partnership between Baume & Mercier and sports car manufacturer Shelby has inspired a watch designed to serve as a reminder of the legendary American Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. “Mechanical watches and vintage sports cars fascinate people with their combination of aesthetic design, sophisticated technology and tradition. They are an expression of an individual lifestyle”, says Patrick Graf, Director of Watches with Bucherer.
Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions © Bucherer
Baume et Mercier will definitely continue their relationship by adding followup restricted and specific variations in the future together with sponsoring more motorcycle events and alternative sports. The Clifton Club watch is a great value proposition piece that could be the dual duty workhorse many people are searching for. Many of the races within this Wheels and Waves California event were “run what you brung,” so the only thing holding you back was you. No red tape, no real testimonials, just racing at it’s purest, and this is where I think the Clifton Club really stands out. The watch is not screaming “look at me and all of my pedigree and mechanical invention and heritage and finest of the and,” it’s only a great looking and functioning watch.One of the first things I heard on this trip was from Fred Martel, President of Baume et Mercier, throughout our car trip from airport. The conversation nicely summarized the occasion. Baume is not trying to become an expert watchmaker or an competitive performance-driven brand that strives to beat the competition, but a brand that embraces life and its own achievements all while enjoying the ride.Well constructed and made to get the weekend warrior, costs for the Clifton Club beginning at $1,950 for the stainless steel version, on up to $2,250 for its bells and whistles, rubber wrapped DLC version. The Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition is available for pre-sale with a price tag of $3,750, limited to 1967 pieces.
Baume & Mercier’s designers were particularly impressed by the aesthetics and unmatched power of the racing car built during the 1960s. The spokes in the wheels were the inspiration for the rotor inside the movement. Made of titanium, it leans on the car’s lightweight aluminium construction. Design elements, such as the racing car’s typical stripes and Cobra logo, are cleverly integrated into the subdials and second hand. The main dial in blue harmonizes perfectly with the black, carbon-look calfskin strap. It has a blue seam and a blue lining, giving the watch additional character.
The special edition is limited to 100 pieces and watch lovers who secure one of the watches will belong to an exclusive circle. The Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra Bucherer Blue Editions will be on sale only at all Bucherer boutiques.
Racing could ensue, the thunder of pistons bashing off as the riders trapped back their throttles at the beginning line, slamming their brakes a 1/4 mile afterwards, then ripping through the gears back to where they had started from. A combination of drag racing and barrel racing; each rider would start in neutral with their left hand on their helmet, and when the flag dropped, they would shift into gear, race to the barrel, whip a u-turn and return-to-home as fast as they’d left it, all while riding side by side with their competitor.In between all of the racing could be an easy, lively, peg dragging 3 hour joy ride beginning along HWY 101 afterward into Templeton, Paso Robles, and Big Sur.The weekend could be about the Clifton Club set of watches and, later in the weekend, the unveiling of this Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition. I had been excited about trying out this collection as I had yet to get some hands-on time with these watches. I am a sucker for everyday use sailors, so my very first watch of the weekend was the stainless steel Clifton Club using a sunburst satin-finished blue dial, strapped to a textured orange rubber NATO. The bold colour blend was fitting to the coastal city setting as it reminds me of the sea and the sun reflecting off the water’s surface. The rubber NATO was a fantastic bit as it felt like a miniature hi-viz wetsuit round my wrist and it was amazingly comfortable, as the material would provide a little during little impacts and vibrations with continual wear. The 42mm case dimensions and the 10.3millimeter thickness fit snuggly around my 7.25 inch wrist, fitting comfortably beneath my riding gloves through long miles and hours of street vibrations. The Sellita SW200 movement is not glamorous, but it is dependable and with of the street vibrations being subjected to it over this weekend, I wouldn’t have wanted it to become an in-house, handmade marvel.
Baume & Mercier introduces a new chronograph inspired by the legendary “Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé”, probably the most iconic car in American motorsports. In celebration of its legacy, Peter Brock personally joined with Baume & Mercier’s Design Director Alexandre Peraldi to create a collection that sets a new standard in style and presence. The chronograph is limited to 196 pieces.
As partners of automobile manufacturers, events or racing teams, watch brands outdo each other in seeking imaginative ways of bringing to the wrist the spirit of major competitions and the style of legendary cars.
The launch of the Indian Scout Bobber brings a fresh and hip look challenging the manufacturers usual conservative fashion, much like what the Clifton Club has done for Baume et Mercier. The sleek, understated utilitarian appearance of the bike makes you believe that can ride this anywhere, at anytime, sporting anything, possibly a slim-fitted suit. The fit and finish of the Bobber can be best described as bang for your dollar with a massive emphasis on bang and less about the dollar; yet another similarity with the Clifton Club’s tight and satisfying build quality not generally seen on competitors’ watches in the exact same price range.Baume et Mercier had already made a limited version for the Shelby Cobra, so it was natural that they would be publishing a bit to kick-off their partnership with Indian Motorcycles, the Burt Munro Limited Edition. With respect to tribute pieces, limited editions, and theme oriented watches, I always like them to be on the top. Meaning, I really need the newest to embody whatever they are trying to accomplish with this “particular” piece. Some manufacturers will just affix a symbol, possibly change the colour of the dial, or even simply put the eye on a different strap and then call it a day. The engine powering the watch is the same automatic Valjoux 7750 running easily on 25 jewels at 4Hz, capable of storing up to two days in its book tank. So far, so familiar, but in which the watch really stands besides the Shelby Cobra sibling is at the details of the tachymeter and dial.
Graham Silverstone RS GMT : CHF 9,200.–
Equipped with a 24-hour dual-time display appearing on the graduated ceramic bezel, this limited series is also the official watch of the highly regarded and typically Swiss Gurnigel hill-climb road race !
Silverstone RS GMT © Graham
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra : CHF 7,650.–
The latest creation from Baume & Mercier and Caroll Shelby evokes the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. This titanium and steel chronograph is making a noteworthy first incursion into the Clifton collection.
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra © Baume & Mercier
Bell & Ross BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary : CHF 3,900.–
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its partner Renault Sport’s first appearance in the world of Formula 1 motor racing, Bell & Ross has developed a model inspired by the 1977 single-seater R.S. 01, a steel chronograph with a resolutely vintage style.
BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary © Bell & Ross
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport : CHF 11,900.–
The Octo Maserati 2017 models display jumping hours and retrograde minutes with all the clarity of a dashboard. For fans of the super-sporty brand with the trident emblem : a black DLC-treated GranSport model.
Octo Maserati GranSport © Bulgari
Singer Reimagined Singer Track 1 : CHF 42,985.–
The young watch brand named Singer Reimagined, a subsidiary of Singer Vehicle Design, chose the Monterey Car Week 2017 for the first presentation in the United States of its revolutionary Track 1 chronograph.
Singer Track 1 © Singer Reimagined
Montblanc Time Walker Chronograph 117051 : CHF 19,900.–
At the Festival of Speed de Goodwood 2017, of which it has become official timekeeper, Montblanc presented a chic new pink gold model : the Time Walker Chronopraph Automatic.
Time Walker Chronograph 117051 © Montblanc
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranLusso : CHF 28,900.–
Parternsing Maserati since 2012, Bulgari has unveiled the latest fruits of their cooperation at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In this GranLusso version, the Octo Maserati appears clothed in pink gold.
Octo Maserati GranLusso © Bulgari
Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 : CHF 5,340.–
Timekeeper and Official Partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari, Eberhard & Co. seized the opportunity of the opening cocktail to present its latest creations, notably including the Chrono4 130 introduced to mark its 130th anniversary.
Chrono 4 130 © Eberhard & Co.
The Swiss watch brand was the official sponsor of the first annual Wheels & Waves event held in Cayucos at the Swallow Creek Ranch.
Over the course of three days, attendees enjoyed a cultural experience on the coastline of San Luis Obispo County. Guests rode authentic Indian motorcycles and experienced a variety of races at the Santa Maria and Santa Margarita Raceways.
On this occasion, custom Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watches were awarded to race winners. Engraved on the case back of the Clifton Club Automatic model is a one-of-a-kind design commemorating each individual race – Super Hooligans, Vintage Class and Sprint Hero.
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a unique and cultural event,” said Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier. “The partnership with Wheels & Waves is a fantastic way to celebrate Clifton Club and showcase our commitment to strengthening our presence in the sports segment, with a lighthearted approach.”
The slick, understated utilitarian appearance of the bike makes you believe you could ride this anywhere, at anytime, sporting anything, possibly a slim-fitted suit. The fit and finish of this Bobber can be best described as bang for your dollar with a massive emphasis on bang and not as much about the dollar; another similarity with the Clifton Club’s satisfying and tight build quality not commonly found on competitors’ watches in precisely the same price range.Baume et Mercier had made a limited version for the Shelby Cobra, therefore it was natural that they would be releasing a bit to kick-off their venture with Indian Motorcycles, the Burt Munro Limited Edition. Meaning, I truly need the brand to embody whatever they are trying to achieve with this “particular” piece. Some manufacturers will just affix a logo, possibly change the color of the dial, or even simply place the eye on a different strap and call it a day. Luckily, Baume et Mercier put some real thought into the Burt Munro Tribute timepiece.Much such as the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra 1964, the new piece is framed in a 44mm polished stainless steel case with double pushers and beveled lugs. The motor powering the watch is exactly the same automatic Valjoux 7750 running easily on 25 stones at 4Hz, capable of storing up to 48 hours in its reserve tank. Thus far, so familiar, but in which the watch really stands apart from its Shelby Cobra sibling is in the particulars of the tachymeter and dial.
The end result? Well, in theory, a more even, inherently secure chronometric functionality and greater long-term precision. Granted, we’ll have to withhold judgement until we have examined one in the real world. However, for now, it’s interesting to watch as more and more brands move from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), rather deciding to develop proprietary technologies as a means to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the book, it’s also the most intriguing expression to watch firsthand — innovate or perish, right?n accession to the distinctive hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M motion itself hums along in a recognizable 4Hz over the span of its generous power reserve of about 90 hours. The mention M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is accessible now, even though it’s being made in very small amounts, apparently just sold in Europe, and is retailing for a cost of $12,045. An extension of this Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered, these bits were created with specific drivers’ heritages in your mind and deliver all the super-charged aesthetics that we’ve seen so far from this team-up. Let’s take a moment to determine what’s different this time around.
Clifton Club © Baume & Mercier
Now, being that it is a mechanical watch, I could already listen to the chatter of watch enthusiasts commenting about how mechanical watches shouldn’t be exposed to continuous vibration and G forces no matter the specs. The effects of continuous and short powerful vibrations to mechanical movements continues to be widely debated on several forums and covered by many posts, a few of these by aBlogtoWatch, but it’s generally agreed upon that any strenuous physical activity is best performed together with your mechanical watch spectating in the sidelines. Wearing of mechanical watches during these types of activities could damage the self-winding mechanism together with inducing premature wear the balance wheel.As an ideal testing ground I would be riding a suspension chopped, vibey V-twin Indian Scout Bobber, more than three days, to test these premature wear theories including the added benefit of it being shock resistant and rated to withstand 550 G, that can be more than 10 times the shock exerted onto a human body during a fatal motor vehicle accident. Together with those specs, I was feeling quite confident about the watch withstanding the vibrations.The additional mechanical equipment I would be reviewing are the above Indian Scout Bobber, a newly not-yet-released model, and I would be riding one for the next few days at arguably among the most coveted, covert, two-wheeled gatherings in the bike community. The Bobber was a fantastic compliment to the Clifton Club watch because they taken an edgier feel contrary to their counterparts in their various collections, which, as the weekend progressed, shown to be a really complimentary relationship with comparable street maps.
The spirit of Wheels & Waves embodies the true essence of the Clifton Club Collection: fair play, camaraderie, respect, friendship and designed for adventure. The Wheels & Waves sponsorship continues Baume & Mercier’s new connection to motorcycles’ universe recently announced with Indian Motorcycle Company.
Are you an active and modern professional who has made sport part of your daily life ? Are you looking for a watch to accompany you around the clock : in the office, at the gym or on the golf course at lunchtime, as well as for an evening at the club house ? If your philosophy is about keeping “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, the Clifton Club is your watch.
This refined and athletic model combines performance with precision. Its polished/satin-finished stainless steel case, featuring elaborate curves comprising an integrated bracelet and crown guard, houses a Swiss made self-winding movement whose reliability has notably been confirmed by 550G shock tests. Water-resistant to 100m, this versatile watch has no fear of diving into a pool, while its green luminescent numerals – clearly visible on the black dial – will enable you to keep check on the duration of your paragliding flight as nightfall approaches.
And for gentlemen motorbike riders, Baume & Mercier has just launched a limited dedication of the Clifton Club – at the Wheels & Waves California event – with a commemorative caseback engraving of legendary speed races.
You may expect on something dressier like that to see brightly polished hands – and that I can see the allure. After getting the blued hands in sight, even however, I think they work very well. For starters, it creates a crisp contrast to the white of the dial, making for easy readability. The coloration can also be somewhat shifty. This way, I mean it may appear a glowing blue in 1 light, then change into an almost-black colour (and it appears darker in the majority of these photos), which again speaks to some dressier piece.On the wrist, that the 68g Baume & Mercier Hampton was a cure. Take particular note of that weight, as that is just about a featherweight when it comes to automatics (or, perhaps, I am just too utilized to steel dive watches). While the instance back is not curved in any way, I found the match on my wrist to be good. The alligator strap included some extra texture to the watch, along with the signed deployant clasp worked well, and I did not have any issues with it digging into my wrist once I had things sized, which I appreciate. That is something I have noticed is a bigger problem when you have a deployant onto a strap – it can end up adding unnecessary mass, which ends up digging into your skin. I believe the one we reviewed with the blue handset has become easily the most flexible, as you might easily swap into a brown strap on this and also have a more casual appearance, which makes it more flexibility. Obviously, you may also decide on a version that comes on the brown strap (in either an automatic or a quartz – the quartz version dropping the price $1100). While apparel watch purists may not agree with me, I truly do believe the Baume & Mercier Hampton is a superb art deco inspired apparel watch prepared to take on the workplace or a night out with a tux.
Clifton Club 10340
Case : polished/satin-finished steel with ADLC coating, water-resistant to 100m, glareproofed sapphire crystal, solid back
Size : 42mm
Movement : mechanical selfwinding (38h power reserve)
Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock
Dial : black, opaline finish, rhodiumplated hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bracelet : triple row design in polished/ satin-finished stainless steel, triple folding clasp