Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve
Angus Davies reviews the Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve Ref. 101205.
This detailed review of the Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve includes live images and specification details.
Baume & Mercier launched its Clifton collection at SIHH 2013, taking inspiration from a 1950s timepiece formerly made by the company. The Genevan watch brand has continued to extend the family of models, releasing additional watches equipped with various complications. This year, the brand has enlarged the collection further with the release of the Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve.
Dates have huge significance in life. A birthday or a wedding anniversary are two examples where one or two digits confer importance. A small date aperture at 3 or 6 o’clock is often found on watches, but a big date display imparts more gravitas to those special moments in our lives.
A big date display is more complicated than a simple date display as two rotating discs are used. This increased complexity is often reflected in the price. Baume & Mercier has a reputation for delivering value and, with a suggested price of CHF 3400 (as at 21.1.2015), this model should prove competitive when compared with its rivals.
A sense of familiarity
The likeness to other members of the Clifton collection is obvious. Faceted gilt hour and minute hands, once again, make an appearance. The company has, once more, used a combination of tear-shaped batons and Arabic numerals to mark the hours.
The case shares the same appearance as the Clifton Retrograde Date Ref. 10149, released last year at SIHH. Indeed, the case diameter of 43mm and case height of 12.05mm are identical. The result is a comfortable fit and a sufficiently large dial area to legibly display the model’s various functions.
Polished and satin-brushed surfaces adorn the case and an exhibition case back reveals the self-winding movement, again reaffirming the family likeness.
Where the Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve is notably different from its siblings is with the dial layout, an aspect candidly denoted with the name of the watch.
The big date display, positioned below noon, is presented via two apertures, framed with a gilt border. The date is eminently legible and there is no discernible difference in the height of the two date discs. Personally, I would have preferred the date display to sit a tad higher on the dial, but suspect its location is dictated by the architecture of the movement within.
The power reserve display looks similar to the indication found on the Clifton Retrograde Date Ref. 10149, but it is larger, making it even simpler to discern the status of the mainspring. The blued steel hand adds a pleasing splash of colour.
It surprises me how many watch companies launch new models which effectively render the inventory of timepieces held in retail stores obsolete.
Baume & Mercier has shown a high degree of intelligence with this model. By adopting much of the design language of the existing Clifton models, it has ensured the new model does not undermine the appeal of its existing collection while still offering something new.
The advent of the Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve has enhanced the appeal of the collection, presenting even greater choice within this price segment and providing a big date function within the financial reach of more buyers.
- Model: Baume et Mercier Clifton Big Date and Power Reserve
- Reference: 10205
- Case: stainless steel; diameter 43 mm; height 12.05 mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; big date display; power reserve.
- Movement: Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 30 jewels; power reserve 42 hours.
- Strap: Brown alligator leather strap supplied on a triple folding buckle with security push-pieces