Among its new watches launched during the SIHH, the Geneva-based brand brought out a new model with a smoky blue dial and equipped with an in-house automatic calibre certified by the COSC: the Baumatic.

Baume & Mercier is the epitome of watchmaking skill at affordable prices. The watches made by the Geneva-based firm are indeed inexpensive, but never compromise on design, quality or (most of all!) the mechanism. After launching its in-house calibre in 2018, Baume & Mercier is back this year, taking things further with a new version of the Baumatic (BM 13-1975A), an automatic movement that is certified as a chronometer by the COSC, the official Swiss institute that carries out tests for reliability and accuracy. Along with the immaculate calibre, the new watch, simple known as the Clifton Baumatic COSC, displays all the main time information on a wonderful blue dial.

baume et mercier clifton baumatic cosc two strapsThe smoky (sfumato) effect on the dial disc produces different tones. The bright blue in the centre turns darker as it moves towards the outside, becoming almost black near the chapter ring. All the time elements are coloured silver, including the long indices, the two Alpha-type hour and minute hands, and the second hand. The attractive cross decorating the centre of the dial, the minute track and the date in its counter at 3 o’clock are all white.

baume et mercier clifton baumatic cosc closeupThe watch is powered by the Baumatic movement, running at 28,800 vibrations an hour (4hz), and providing an impressive power reserve of 120 hours once fully wound. The timepiece is housed in a 40mm-wide steel case that is water-resistant down to 50 metres.

The Clifton Baumatic COSC comes with a black alligator-style leather strap with a tang buckle or with a steel-link strap.

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By Sharmila Bertin