Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316

Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316

This detailed review of the Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316 includes live pictures, technical specification and pricing.

Baume et Mercier GMT Power Reserve - affordable timepiece with blue sunray dial

Baume & Mercier is renowned for producing fine Swiss timepieces at affordable prices. The Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316 proves to be no exception, delivering excellent value with a recommended retail price of £3100 (RRP as at 16.11.2017). Furthermore, the styling of this blue-faced beauty is truly exquisite.

The Genevan brand unveiled this watch at SIHH 2017. It is equipped with a GMT function, positioned below noon, and a power reserve indicator, located above 6 o’clock. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few intimate moments with this handsome timepiece and evaluate its form at close quarters.

The dial

The blue dial is adorned with a sun-ray motif. The combination of the blue hue and said motif causes the dial to cleverly toy with light, producing pockets of brilliance and shade. The dauphine hour and minute hands are faceted and, once again, manipulate light to comely effect. The slender profile of the hour and minute hands result in the precise proclamation of time.

Baume et Mercier GMT Power Reserve - affordable timepiece with blue sunray dial

A GMT display is positioned below noon. A twin tipped hand interfaces with the two scales presented. The silver tip integrates with the inner scale, while the longer, red tip liaises with the outer scale. It is this twin tipped hand which indicates the hour at home. The hand on the display is set using a dimple corrector set in the case-band at 10 o’clock. I would have preferred to have been able to make adjustments via the crown.

A power reserve indicator is positioned in the lower portion of the dial. It shows the status of the mainspring using an arcing scale and numerals. The movement within the Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316 delivers 42 hours of autonomy.

Each hour is denoted with either tear-shaped batons or Arabic numerals. The latter is delivered in a modern font sans serifs, exuding a clean and highly legible appearance. Moreover, the typeface imbues the dial with a significant quotient of style. A date display is positioned at 3 o’clock.

The case

While the watch measures 43mm in diameter it appears much smaller when affixed to the wrist. The reason for its diminutive appearance relates to the lugs. They are short and sharply taper downwards. Furthermore, the position of the spring bars draws the strap close to the case, again mitigating the perceived scale of the watch. I found the wrist feel of the Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316 to be very agreeable.

Baume et Mercier GMT Power Reserve - affordable timepiece with blue sunray dial

Despite being modestly priced, Baume & Mercier has finished the case with a tasteful combination of satin-brushed and highly polished surfaces. The highly polished crown is of sufficient size to afford ease of adjustment without gouging or chafing the wrist.

Baume et Mercier GMT Power Reserve - affordable timepiece with blue sunray dial

The watch is supplied with a high quality black alligator strap, paired with a stainless steel folding clasp.

The movement

The self-winding movement is visible via the exhibition case-back. The oscillating mass is adorned with Côtes de Genève motif, while the bridges and main-plate are decorated with perlage.

Baume et Mercier GMT Power Reserve - affordable timepiece with blue sunray dial

The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 28 jewels.

Closing remarks

The blue dial is exceptionally attractive, courtesy of its beguiling shade and delightful sun-ray motif. Furthermore, the power reserve indication and dual time function are particularly useful.

However, if you are able to forgo the power reserve indicator, then the Clifton Dual Time 10111 may well prove a better option as it is easier to read and substantially cheaper (£2600 at the time of writing). Regrettably, this latter watch is not offered with the same becoming blue dial and for this reason you may still favour the Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316. In either case, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Baume & Mercier has beautifully crafted the case. It proffers an excellent ergonomic fit with the wrist and masterfully blends different surface finishes to eye-catching effect. The movement is embellished with Côtes de Genève and perlage which are both executed to a pleasing standard.

The Swiss brand has once again delivered a superb timepiece for a comparatively modest sum. It is equipped with a myriad of delightful features and illustrates that luxury is not merely the preserve of those with deep pockets.

Further information

http://www.baume-et-mercier.com

Technical specification

  • Model: Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT Power Reserve 10316
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43mm; height 12.05mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres)
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; power-reserve indicator; dual-time; date
  • Movement: Swiss movement; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 28 jewels; power reserve 42 hours
  • Strap: Black alligator strap supplied on a stainless steel deployant buckle
  • Price: £3100 inc VAT (RRP as at 17.11.2017)