It is in fact a very good looking watch with even an interesting base movement coming from Vaucher Manufacture, but it is also a quite expensive watch for Baume & Mercier. Discover the perpetual calendar and let me know what you think.
Each year Baume & Mercier offers an exclusive timepiece in its Clifton Collection. I would call this a watchmaking exercise. Baume & Mercier is committed to realize a fascinating timepiece within the universe of complex timekeeping complications. The new Clifton Perpetual Calendar now enriches this collection. Do you remember? This collection of exclusive timepieces is already composed of remarkable watches like the flying tourbillon or the 5-minute repeater.
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Perpetual Calendar is thus endowed with a mechanical memory of 1461 days, the equivalent of four years. The watch is powered by the self-winding Vaucher calibre 5401 (Vaucher is part of the Parmigiani Group) which is paired with a Dubois Dépraz 5100 Module. The latter is also used by many other well known brands (even exclusive ones) for their perpetual calendars.
The Dubois Dépraz 5100 Module negotiates all the particularities of the Gregorian calendar with its 31, 30 or 28-day months and the periodic return of February 29th. By indicating the date, the day of the week, the month and the phases of the moon, and by automatically keeping track of the variable length of each month and the cycle of leap years, the Clifton Perpetual Calendar will not require any date correction before the 1st of March 2100, a non leap year that appears three centuries out of four.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Perpetual Calendar
- Manufacture Automatic (Dubois Dépraz 5100, base Vaucher calibre 5401)
- Bridges with “Cotes de Genève” decor. Circular-grained plate oscillating weight adorned with snailed decor and “Phi”-symbol.
- Blued steel screws.
- Jewels: 29
- Power reserve: 48 hours
- Frequency: 21.600 A/h (= 3Hz)
- Thickness : 4,2 mm
Perpetual calendar (day, week, month, bissextile year, moon phase)
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Polished & satin-finished 18 carat red gold
Sapphire case back secured with screwsDIALDomed opaline silver-colored
18 carat red gold Arabic numerals and indexes Gilt and blued steel handsSTRAPBlack alligator BUCKLE18K red gold pin buckle
5 ATM (approx. 50m)
19.900 Euro including 20 % VAT here in Austria
Now, as already mentioned above, thats for sure not an ugly watch – on the contrary – and also a watch offering an interesting base calibre from Vaucher Manufacture in Fleurier. Also its Dubois Dépraz module is a good choice since it is used by so many other manufactures as well. What remains questionable for me is the price of the watch. Are you willing to spend 19.900 Euro for a Baume & Mercier? Let me know what you think and if you like the watch…