Adding to the list of exquisite blue watches unveiled earlier this year at SIHH 2019, is the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic Cadran Bleu (Blue Dial). There’s little not to like about this new piece, despite the updates. Tasteful with an elegant blue to black gradient sunburst dial that contrasts perfectly with the white minute track and rhodium-plated hands, this timepiece is available in two versions: one is mounted on an interchangeable black alligator leather strap with a pin buckle and one features a five-row steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp and security push-pieces.
Powered by a new generation Baumatic™ Calibre, BM13, these watches are designed to encounter the real problems faced by self-winding watches, providing innovative solutions in four distinct areas: Power reserve, Chronometric accuracy, Sensitivity to magnetic fields and Durability. In addition to 120 hours (5 days) of autonomy, Clifton Baumatic watches offer great chronometric precision (–4/+6 seconds per day for the COSC-certified models) and only require maintenance service once every seven years rather than three to five years recommended for a traditional watch.. The movement is specifically designed to resist to the main magnetic fields of daily life.
The 40 mm steel case offers harmonious proportions. On the COSC-certified models (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), a discreet white crosshair appears on the dial. The dial of each Clifton Baumatic model is enhanced by an oversized date aperture at 3 o’clock and topped with a domed anti-glare sapphire crystal to ensure better readability. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the calibre’s refined finishes: circular-grained bridges and a sand-blasted, snailed baseplate. The openworked, steel toned tungsten oscillating weight is adorned with a decoration combining Côtes de Genève with snailing. Within the movement, the lyre is shaped like the Phi character, the Baume & Mercier symbol representing the Maison’s quest for perfection.
The classical design with the hues seen on the dial of the watch makes the Clifton Baumatic Cadran Bleu (Blue Dial) suitable for a formal as well as a semi-casual ensemble.