Launched six years ago, the Clifton collection exudes an elegant, urban style while upholding traditional watchmaking values. This contemporary addition delivers a new vision for the assortment featuring a 40mm case and a refined white dial with a porcelain finish, making it truly of its time as well as a watch for the future. Most importantly, it is powered by a revolutionary in-house mechanical selfwinding caliber: simple, robust and accurate, it is endowed with the best watch technology available today.
In September, 1999, the Swatch Group bought Breguet in an investment group. Then he decided to generate a replica of the original solely predicated on written descriptions and drawings created during the pocket watch’s design and construction. Reproducing the 160 pocket view into what became the Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette using just visual and written guides is among the least discussed accomplishments in modern watchmaking. Remember the love of the first? It was commissioned by a lover of Marie Antoinette for her, back in 1783. It’s merely a few months after the 160 made headlines after being found again in late 2007. The wooden box made for this was a marvel, with timber from a distinctive tree made famous by Marie Antoinette that Breguet reportedly bought for something like 7 million Euros. If I remember properly, the tree fell over obviously, but the state upon which Versailles would sell the shrub to Breguet was if it “donated” money for the recovery of the famed French palace.At 63mm broad in 18k gold, the Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette attempted to replicate the original 160 in every way possible from the complications into the crystal made from pure rock crystal.
With their refined, porcelain-like finish, the five new models in the Clifton Baumatic™ collection by Baume & Mercier epitomize the brand’s masculine identity. They are coming with an immaculate white or an intense black dial. The understated, easy-to-read display features slender riveted hour-markers, slim lancet hands and an oversized date aperture at 3 o’clock. Topped with a domed sapphire crystal, the minute track – in anthracite gray or white – follows the perfectly proportioned curves of the 40 mm polished/ satin-finished steel case.
Clifton Baumatic © Baume & Mercier
Water-resistant to 50 meters, the transparent case back reveals the new Baumatic™ BM12-1975A caliber, the first mechanical self-winding movement developed inhouse, in collaboration with the Richemont group. This timepiece, attaches to the wrist with an alligator strap that fastens with a pin buckle. The strap is easy to change without the need for a tool, and comes in dark blue, deep black or warm brown for the two-tone version. A five-row bracelet in polished/satin-finished steel, which fastens by means of a triple folding buckle with security push-pieces, is also available to complement this line of contemporary watches.
If you need information on the Clifton Baumatic and especialy on the movement, the Editorial Team is inviting you to discover the article published on January 16 “The Baumatic : Baume & Mercier’s masterstroke”.