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Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar by Baume & Mercier #SIHH2019

6 March 2019

By Scott Campbell

The Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar is the latest addition to the Clifton Baumatic collection launched last year at the 2018 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).

It is a new interpretation that boasts a grand complication showcasing the Maison's historical expertise spanning more than 188 years.

Inside, the Baumatic BM13-1975AC-1 movement is combined with a perpetual calendar module. The Baumatic self-winding movement offers optimal reliability. In addition to a five-day power reserve, the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar resists to the main magnetic fields of daily life. This model only requires maintenance service once every seven years rather than three to five years recommended for a traditional watch.

The date, the day of the week, the month and the phases of the moon are displayed, automatically taking into account the variable lengths of months and the leap year cycle, with the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar requires no date correction before March 1st, 2100, a non-leap year.

Boasting a captivating design that is both modern and timeless, the Baumatic Perpetual Calendar has a "warm white" porcelain finish, enhanced by facetted riveted hour markers and gold-tone hour, minute and seconds hands. Three counters for perpetual calendar include the first at 9 o’clock for the day of the week, the second at 12 o’clock for the month and leap year cycle, and the third at 3 o’clock for the perpetual calendar.

Blued hands accentuate the calendar functions, and the moon phase indication appears on the dial at 6 o’clock. To ensure better readability, the dial is protected by a domed antiglare sapphire crystal.

The 42 mm satin-finished 18K pink gold case of the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar is just 12.1mm thick. The caseback is protected by a sapphire crystal that reveals the calibre’s refined finishes, such as the circular-grained bridges and the sand-blasted, snailed baseplate. The openworked, gold-plated 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 House quest for perfection.

Attached to its curved lugs as a delightful finishing touch is a black alligator strap with an 18K red gold buckle, which can be interchanged easily.

By combining watchmaking innovation with tradition, the Clifton Baumatic Perpetual Calendar once again expresses the Brand’s expertise in the complication field. The Maison brings fine watch aficionados not only a timepiece with an elegant, classical design, but also a contemporary, high-performance interpretation of the perpetual calendar.

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