Long known for making elegant, luxurious and accessibly priced wristwatches, Baume & Mercier can now add technologically advanced to that list of attributes. Thanks to its new Clifton Baumatic collection of timepieces endowed with its first in-house movement—a self-winding caliber with a five-day power reserve and a technically impressive silicon escapement—the brand has created a chronometer worthy of watches with a much higher price tag.
In addition to its superior accuracy, with a precision rate of minus 4/plus 6 seconds per day, and its antimagnetic materials—which have a resistance to at least 1,500 gauss, 25 times higher than the current norm—the Clifton Baumatic movement comes with an extended warranty, meaning no service is needed for 5 years.
The clean-cut appearance of the watches—whose white or black porcelain-like dials are understated and easy to read, with slender riveted hour-markers, slim lancet hands and an oversized date aperture at 3 o’clock—is right in line with the brand’s no-fuss aesthetic. The pieces are housed in a 40 mm polished/satin-finished steel case topped with a domed sapphire crystal, and come on a black, brown, or navy alligator strap or a five-row bracelet in polished/satin-finished steel.
Starting at $2,750; baume-et-mercier.com