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Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

At SIHH 2018 Baume & Mercier debuted the new Clifton Baumatic collection of dress watches that feature a new, exclusive automatic movement known as the caliber BM12-1975A. “Baumatic” is actually the (cute) marketing name for the movement, which is being featured in the Clifton Baumatic collection as a start. Baume & Mercier was justifiably proud of the new Baumatic product launch and there is a lot to discuss about the new watches ranging from the simple and satisfying Clifton Baumatic M0A10298 (white dial) and M0A10399 (black dial) to the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Chronometer M0A10436. For 2018 Baume & Mercier will also offer the Clifton Baumatic with the white dial on a matching steel bracelet in the M0A10400, and also in a two-tone steel and red gold-tone as the reference M0A10401.

The implications of the Baumatic caliber BM12-1975A, as well as the relatively accessible price point of these nicely-made formal watches is the real story here. Baume & Mercier sometimes like to refer to the BM12-1975A as an “in-house movement,” but in reality it is an exclusive movement (“developed in-house”) produced for Baume & Mercier by the Richemont Group-owned Manufacture Horlogere ValFleurier (which we sometimes playfully refer to as “Richemont’s ETA”). The fact that Baume & Mercier now has a watch with a movement it can claim as exclusive isn’t really what is exciting here. What’s more exciting are the performance promises of the BM12-1975A, its size, and the new technical priorities that Richemont seems to have set for many of the movements it produces for its various watch brands.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Baume & Mercier produced one of the best press kits we saw from all of SIHH 2018 for the Clifton Baumatic – designed to discuss the watch and BM12-1975A movement inside of the Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Chronometer. The kit isn’t perfect, but it does an admirable job of really discussing both the performance promises of the new automatic movement as well as some of the special technology inside the Baumatic that makes it different from “standard” base Swiss automatic movements.

Richemont seems to have made an edict across its brands that mechanical movement performance is something it wants to focus on moving forward. At several of our SIHH meetings, we started to hear representatives talking about magnetism resistance, accuracy, and dependability over time from their “in-group made” movements. This would have Richemont catching up a bit to the Swatch Group, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and others who have been increasingly vocal over the last few years about the performance of all or at least some of their modern mechanical movements. While the Clifton Baumatic is not the only Richemont Group product for 2018 to talk about performance standards such as anti-magnetism and accuracy, it is the most affordable and thus, most ambitious of them all.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Personally, I’m very happy to see brands starting to take performance claims more seriously. Hell, I’m happy they are talking about performance at all. One has to understand some contextual things related to the mechanical watch industry that makes the discussion of performance a bit ironic to begin with. Mechanical watches are (for the most part) all pretty much obsolete. Watch lovers cringe at hearing such statements, but from many perspectives this is true. For example, even if a novel mechanical movement offers double the performance of an existing mechanical movement, even the new and fancy mechanical movement will in all likelihood still not perform as well as an electronic watch movement.

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There are those who argue that trying to make a mechanical movement perform better is a Quixotic pursuit. Is that true? From certain perspectives it most certainly is, but it does not take into consideration that despite the fact mechanical watches are outdone by quartz movements in raw timing performance, enthusiasts still prefer mechanical over electronic watches most of the time. Thus, acknowledging the consumer demand power of mechanical luxury watches (and the demands of their consumer buyers), one begins to see the logic and business sense of working to make today’s new mechanical watches more exciting.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

A deeper way of understanding the new focus on mechanical watch performance in relatively affordable watches is to see it as a hedge against the distraction power of vintage/older watches. For at least a decade now the watch collector universe has been largely fascinated by the world of vintage watches (from various angles). One of these points of focus is that both vintage and modern mechanical watches have similar movements. Even though there are stark performance differences between all manners of movements available over the years, your lay enthusiast consumer simply had no real tools to understand how a mechanical watch from today might perform differently from a similarly complicated mechanical watch from 40 years ago. Thus, consumers would/will often buy less-expensive vintage watches over their modern analogs because they don’t know or understand how their movements perform differently.

Watch brands whose businesses rely on consumers purchasing new products aren’t particularly happy with anything that distracts consumer buying intentions. One way of explaining the new focus on mechanical watch performance across “volume” models such as the Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic is to see them as a hedge against consumers feeling that older (e.g. vintage) watches are “just as good.” By using key terms and tangible experiences (such as your watch coming into contact with something magnetic) watch brands today are attempting to give consumers more palpable reasons to invest in a brand new product because it has new technology that can help solve old problems. It is true that a degree of these “old problems are now solved” statements are marketing-based optimism. However, it is equally true that the use of modern materials (for the purposes of watchmaking) such as silicon are indeed helping to make legacy mechanical movements really feel their age. This is a trend that I will continue to explore and report on in the future.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Let’s get back to the 2018 Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic, namely the “flagship” model that Baume & Mercier is pushing the most. That model is the COSC Chronometer certified version of the Baumatic which is the reference M0A10436. While this watch contains the same caliber BM12.1975A (aka BM12-1975A) as the other Baumatic watches, the movements in the M0A10436 are all COSC Chronometer certified. The dial also has “Chronometer” written on it, as well as a “crosshair” style motif on the dial (which is a legacy design element in some watches that generally suggests “precision”). No actual performance difference exists between the movements in the Chronometer and non-Chronometer version of the Baumatic as far as we know. Rather, the Chronometer models have had their movements sent to COSC for certification, which adds cost to the production, and is more about having the assurance of performance (as opposed to the mere promise of it). Baume & Mercier wanted to offer the Chronometer model as a mere $200 upgrade over the non-COSC Chronometer certified models for watch consumers who like the idea (or the crosshair dial).

Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic 5 Days Watch Hands-On & Why This New Mechanical Movement Matters Hands-On

Now let’s dive into the BM12.1975A movement, which makes a Baumatic… a Baumatic. To simplify the goals Baume & Mercier wanted to achieve in the movement, they articulated four simple terms; “anti-magnetism, autonomy, accuracy, and durability.” That means that the movements are designed to resist daily magnetic fields, require less regular winding, remain more accurate more often, and require less servicing. The top level performance promises of the Baumatic BM12.1975A are impressive. Relatively thin (for this much power reserve) the movement has 5 days of power reserve and operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph). I’m not clear on the precise movement thickness, but the Baumatic case is 10.3mm thick. That’s not super thin, but it wears in a slim manner and the movement is clearly not as thick as other 5 day automatics out there. Rich use of silicon parts is at the heart of most of the Baumatic’s performance promises. Baume & Mercier decided to use silicon for the movement’s hairspring, anchor, and escapement (escape wheel). The hairspring is actually pretty interesting and uses what Richemont calls “TWINSPIR technology.”

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  • The 5 day power reserve and silicon escapement parts are certainly worth more than, say for instance, an ETA 2824. However the retail price is still a bit aggressive, even allowing for the COSC Chronometer expense. The finishing appears to be better than a Standard Grade ETA but slightly below an Elabore Grade. So, it’s nice to see that they put some effort into the finishing but it’s not so great that the price is fully justified.

    All of that aside, I agree with Ariel that this is an important movement for B&M and long overdue IMO. This particular watch is boringly OK looking but so bland that I doubt I’d wear it even if given to me. But if I did wear it, I would not feel embarrassed – well except for the 2 tone reference.

  • Framlucasse

    A 5 days automatic mouvement + COSC at this price is a really good offer. Well done.

  • Mikita

    The watch itself is extremely sterile and boring, there are so many better looking dress watches between $2.5 – 3.5k. I do appreciate a new movement in this segment, but the finish is kinda underwhelming; even the old 2892 TOP looks upper class.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Wierd, are we looking at the same watch?

      • Mikita

        I’m looking at Baume & Mercier above, and you?

      • Lash LaRue de Bayou

        Who is this fellow named ‘Wierd’?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Weird. Thank you for taking the time to point out my error.

        • DanW94

          Al, as in you can call me…..

  • Yan Fin

    Looking forward for an interesting watch with this movement. Also, keep the movement covered, please.

  • Pete L

    A bit bland but interesting article on the movement. Now to put it into something you might buy.

  • Gastarbeiter

    Excellent Ariel.
    I stand by the last paragraph “Having said that, I don’t think Baume & Mercier’s mission is done.
    They have a good-performing modern automatic mechanical movement in a
    watch designed to look like something from yesterday. I think Baume
    & Mercier can push themselves to come up with contemporary (yet
    still elegant) watches designed to fit movements such as the BM12-1975A.
    In my opinion, for Baume & Mercier and ValFleurier to succeed, it
    simply isn’t enough to put a modern movement in legacy-style watch.
    Bring on the modern watch collections to properly house all these cool
    modern movements.” which were exactly my thoughts when the release was announced.

    Expectations are high now for B&M and Richemont in general for further (sportier?) iterations. Would love to see the movement in a diver watch for instance.

    Any news by the way for the long awaited 42000 IWC calibre?

  • Jorge Miranda

    I am impressed by the new “Baumatic” edition by B&M. I own a Clifton model A10052 with (I guess), a Sellita based movement named Caliber SW260-1 which have a good performance, although the “tick sound” of the rotor does not play well entirely in my opinion. Perhaps The new in-house movement it’s better finished as power reserve increase comparing to the 38-hour power reserve of Cliftons which is the closest models in B&M to the Baumatics. The Baumatic will use the same stainless steel band that Clifton offers and I do think this is a good watch band, comfortable and elegant -not pretentious- which is something both lines of Baumatic and Clifton pursuit. In general, there is a lot of improvements such as silicon parts for accuracy and antimagnetism capability, that would make the Baumatic, a very attractive watch in the market.

  • Grey market at 20% is going to make this a killer piece. If you missed out on the JLC Geophysic 1958 special edition, this is a good chance to get the look at a fraction of the price.

    But: “Baume & Mercier didn’t design the Baumatic to be wildly
    anti-magnetic, but rather to be entirely unaffected by daily magnetic
    fields you might encounter from magnets on bags to those in airport
    security. Baume & Mercier promises the BM12.1975A is resistant to
    1,500 Gauss, which greatly reduces the concern someone might have that
    their watch will permanently or temporarily be affected by magnetic
    fields.”

    Stop already, please. An airport scanner generates around 3.7 Gauss. Watches aren’t damaged or magnetized until 10 Gauss – the same level at which your credit cards would be damaged. Are your credit cards damaged when you go through TSA? No? Then your watch won’t be. The “magnetic resistance” marketing scheme is the new “water resistance” marketing scheme. You can dive with a 25 year old 100m resistant watch, given that the gaskets have been replaced and the case isn’t compromised. You can take that same watch through an airport scanner and nothing will happen to it.

    • Polerouter

      And yet magnetization is the #1 reason why people come back to their watchmaker. Firstly because most watches can be magnetized with just 10 Gauss which is actually very small (although indeed, airport scanners are a bad example since they generate… well, nothing), but also because neodyme magnets which are so common (handbags, ipad covers, fridges) generate very strong fields, although they decrease very quickly with distance. But depending on the relative position of your watch and a magnet, you can be lucky or not… the physics is actually quite complicated.

    • Gastarbeiter

      i also swim (pool, sea) with my 3bar Swatch 51Sistem since 2 years and no problem at all 😉

  • Polerouter

    This is really cool to see new developments in watch movements at this price point. However,I wonder if it is worth $1500 more than for instance a Tissot Ballade. It is better looking (to me), it also has COSC performances and a silicon spiral spring which ensures good magnetic resistance, and it just has 80h of PR, but I think that for an automatic watch, while 80h is a big improvement compared to 40 (because you can pass the week-end), 120h is not that much of an improvement over 80h.

  • IG

    Next watch in the series: Baume & Mercier Clifton Mercimatic

  • IanE

    Not too shabby for a B&M, though I wish there were rather less text on the dial – it is just so disruptive of an attractive basic design, especially spoiling the cross-hairs (IMHO).

  • Jason Mirabello

    A deep blue or gray one would be awesome

  • ZzzzZzz big empty rehaut, ugly shade of white… No need to see more… Next!

  • Omegaboy

    Nice watches. Is there one with a gold bezel and a black dial?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    So many haters. I think it’s lovely (SS)

  • Good Gene 42K18

    “…because in the long-term it will be difficult to predict what elements or features will be most valuable to consumers in a luxury mechanical timepiece.” Now Mr. Mark Carson may believe that “luxury” can be something as simple as a scoop of ice cream on a warm Hawaiian evening, but he’s wrong. Remember: “Luxury” only goes for watches that you can’t get if you’re just a normal, run-of-the-mill rich person. You have to be an extra-special rich person to procure a Richard Mille or a Baume et Mercier.

    I also agree with Ariel that this watch’s design is so yesterday. Boooooooring! I don’t know specifically what I mean when I say it, but I keep saying it: these brands have to make their designs more in step with today. Hello?? It’s almost 2019 or something. Give me a piece I can go jellyfish hunting or arctic snowmobiling with.

    • Spangles

      Oh god, so you’re the dope who’s bought into Ariel’s asinine idea of luxury being whatever someone else can’t have.

      As Ariel’s therapist keeps telling him, if your happiness is defined by other people, then you’re not going to be happy.

      • smoothsweeper

        No one’s saying that it’s a healthy mindset (and perhaps you are immune to wiles of advertisers and marketing schemes, and if so, good on you), but the psychological links between high price/luxury/desire has been heavily exploited by the likes of LVMH and others. In addition, you wouldn’t believe how many otherwise intelligent people are utterly convinced that higher price == better quality every time.

        People *want* to believe that paying more means its a better product (because that would be fair, right?), just like paying more for something makes the owner feel member to an exclusive group. These ideas conflate into a concept of luxury. It’s not a strict definition of luxury by any means. It’s more like making something expensive is a sort of dogwhistle for luxury.

        • Ariel Adams

          Don’t be bullied by these guys. Thanks for commenting.

      • Ariel Adams

        In addition to the strange and unwarranted comment about what the therapist I don’t have didn’t actually say to me, I don’t agree on how you’ve summarized my idea on luxury. It is true that one element of luxury is exclusionary power, but that is hardly the entire picture.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Quite unfortunately for this dope, a joke is defined as something that someone other than its writer finds funny. 🙁

        • Timestandsstill

          🙂

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      I liked Mr. Carson’s concise and essential definition of luxury. But this is another good one: ‘Luxury is a form of waste that arose to confer status on an essentially useless class.’

  • Marius

    I find these to be quite elegant as well as very versatile watches. Nevertheless, I do have a few problems with them.

    Firstly, this movement isn’t exclusively produced by Val Fleurier for Baume&Mercier, and other watches use it too. For instance, the Panerai Luminor Due 38mm presented just yesterday uses the very same caliber, except that it offers a Panerai-specific 3-day power reserve. More importantly though, is the fact that while this caliber offers very good technical specs, it does so at the expense of fit, finish, and decoration. Of course, I understand that the average buyer will find concepts such as a five-day power reserve and silicon escapement much easier to understand than, say, bevelled bridges and movement architecture. Personally, I’d rather take a standard, but nicely-finished and attractive caliber over this one, which offers very good specs, but has a rather crude and basic decoration and appearance. To me, the decoration and appearance of a caliber is much more important than intangible aspects such as magnetic resistance. Case in point: the new Tudor MT in-house caliber. While on paper it looks great (70 hr power reserve, variable inertia balance wheel, free-sprung balance, etc.), it’s almost completely unfinished and undecorated. As a friend of mine who is a watchmaker in Geneva pointed out, it almost looks like a Seiko 5 movement.

    Secondly, while I find the design quite elegant, I also consider it a bit nondescript and sterile, as Mikita rightly points out. Unlike the author of this article, I don’t think that B&M should adopt a more modern & updated design, especially considering that most brands (Tudor, Breitling, Oris, etc.) focus heavily on sports watches, meaning that classical/dress watches remain quite hard to find. I believe that B&M made the right decision to focus on this niche, the only problem being that the design is a bit generic and “unidentifiable”, just as most B&M watches are.

    Lastly, while the $2,600 price is quite acceptable, the question is how many punters would be willing to spend it on a Baume&Mercier. To me, B&M alongside Tag Heuer, Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant (or whatever it’s called), Squale, etc. are bottom-of-the-barrel brands that I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. At the $3,000 price point, one could get any number of nice watches from much more popular brands such as Tudor, Breitling, Nomos, Longines, Oris, to name just a few. In my view, apart from the 5-day PR caliber, B&M doesn’t really offer any competitive advantage over the above-mentioned brands. At this price, my top pick would be not a mechanical watch, but a quartz, namely the Grand Seiko 9F ($2,800). I’d much rather spend my money on the best quartz watch in the industry, than on a nondescript watch fitted with an entry-level, undecorated caliber. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/35062e626c076adc566c8f714647cd8ee0cd67fc26fa4ceddb72aed41bb84de6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2027081f03e5c3c35b8e046f3800de9ec6ec1d2e9cf9733ccd2b56ff2dcde48e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8c243f1af866f7383e4c9215cddc411d598535524d800fbb8b2fce9c29c0e94.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a94ceae35b46157f3c90ae90a8cbff848c31017667d9308de77a8bd9a07a311.jpg

    • Raymond Wilkie

      The GS 9F may very well be possibly be the best quartz watch on the market . ” It is the quartz watch that merits the name Grand Seiko ” according to the makers. I have to argue though that there is nothing more nondescript and sterile than the dial of a Grand Sieko.

      • Mikita

        GS oozes class and BM is just plain.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Thank you for your opinion.

          • Mikita

            You are always welcome, Ray! 🙂

          • Raymond Wilkie

            ….mond 🙂

        • Lash LaRue de Bayou

          Let’s hope BM oozes just plain?

      • Yanko

        I think that Rolex Datejust is way more sterile and sexless than Gran Seiko. It is actually, in my opinion, the most boring dial to have ever been produced. Just a thought.

    • Mikita

      Couldn’t agree more! Excellent points.

    • Rupert Muller

      Well, tastes and choices are so different – and that’s good at the end!
      For me, Seiko is the perfect example of a (as you called) “bottom-of-the-barrel brand” because they offer watches for < 100 $. I would never ever strap on a multi thousand dollar watch of a brand offering watches in that price range. And therefore, all your Seiko examples in your comparisons, here and earlier, are completely ridiculous to me.

      • egznyc

        To each one’s own. I just don’t see any comparison between a $100 Seiko and a several thousand dollar Grand Seiko, in terms of what you get. I’m not going to let the fact that this brand makes inexpensive watches for the masses cause me to not appreciate or desire their high-end stuff.

  • BNABOD

    A decent dress watch at a decent price. Nothing more nothing less

  • commentator bob

    Baume & (et?) Mercier is a worthless brand. Someone would get more respect wearing a Kenneth Cole. But this is a very interesting movement since it will be in every future low-end Panerai and IWC. At least IWC Marks will no longer have to be powered by ETA clones.

    • Leopold Gering

      @ Bob Please expand on why you think B&M is a worthless brand. I like to hear other people’s point of view.

  • 24810

    Offensive nor exciting.

  • R Ramki

    The movement finishing looks like the Fossil groups STP movement found in Zodiac and Fossil costing a lot less. A not so smart trade off considering the dressy more “high” end JLC like vibe they are trying to pull off. 5 day chronometer printed on the dial doesn’t look good.

    But good on them to at least attempt to do better and try to keep a reasonable price point and offer at least some aspects that are better than the competition. 5 day Pr is a welcome update and hopefully the winding efficiency is good. Overall they are attempting to offer a lot more than what they have in the past. Something Montblanc just doesn’t seem to understand

  • Chaz

    B&M…the ugly lass that wants so desperately to be chosen by a boy. I can’t understand how the brand still exists but I suppose there’s enough of a critical mass to keep it afloat (along with the deep Richemont pockets)…much like Girard Perregaux.

    NEXT!

    • Josh

      I would prefer Girard Perregaux over Rolex….Critical mass means nothing.

  • Richard Baptist

    I don’t understand what is the big deal with a 5 day automatic movement. Technotime (now purchased by Soprod) has been creating 5 day hand wound movements for a number of years. I prefer hand wound movements because I can see more of the movement. For the same money I can get one of these (actually now looking at the price the ophion is less). http://www.ophion-watches.com/
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    • Raymond Wilkie

      Ophion…….who?
      Rogers lawyers will be in touch.

      • Richard Baptist

        lol

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Farbeitfrom me to recommend the ‘dink, but your boyfriend is the headliner over there right now.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          How so?

          • Good Gene 42K18

            Roger Smith has a video interview up on Hodinkee. Is more clarification needed?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Don’t make me go there.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            It’s a pretty good interview. He seems like a humble man.

    • egznyc

      I’ve been very interested in the Ophion collection since it came out. So much craftsmanship, an unusual and beautiful movement, not to mention 5 days PR, for around $2K. (If only I could also take it into the water … but that’s just silly.)

      What’s held me back? I’ve never spent even half as much on a watch and while I could afford to, my better half would not be pleased. You know, we need to prioritize stuff like diapers, college savings and rainy day funds.

      • Richard Baptist

        Believe me I understand, the watch companies however don’t seem to grasp the concept of reality. I have Ophion’s first watch which I love. You just wind it and forget it and when you get back to it, it’s still running. I’m really tempted on this one as well, but I will have to sell a few watches to get there.

  • James

    This watch is a solid triple from Baume & Mercier, and indeed my pick for SIHH 2018 best-in-show. The significance of this movement and this styling for this brand at this price point cannot be overstated. Both the white and black dial versions are stunning! It has great versatility with strap and bracelet options, and should become a gateway product for many as their first luxury Swiss watch. The only real miss here is the 5 ATM of water resistance. The piece is so outstanding otherwise that they really ought to have addressed that too.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I have to say, I’m deeply impressed by this movement. Altough some beloved abtw-colleagues find it sterile, which is the case, this movement seemes to be build for extreme reliability, precision and easy servicing. As a kind of watchtechie I love silicon escapments (uglier than normals, but more efficient), the new-material hairspring (escapments and hairsprings are extremly difficult to produce) and the fact, that the watch can be regulated by screws on the balance wheel, which is harder than a Rücker, but improves considerably isochronism which means stability when the watch isn’t completely wound. I have to admit, BMs marketing campaign with W.A.S.P. Idiots was bad, the watchdesign is rather boring but I don’t think you can get a better Swiss watch for your hardly gained bucks. This is a step in the right direction for Richemonts unloved stepchild. For me, BM was a nonbrand, the retarded kid in the Richemont family but here I have to say bravo, altough I found ETAs Etachron (r) and Incabloc(r).

  • Bozzor

    A reasonable price / performance / brand offer here, but with a decent retail / grey discount this may well be an outstanding bargain. What I keep wondering is when some enterprising manufacturer will work out a cost effective machine that can automatically polish and finish parts to the same standard as a craftsman, but on as mass production scale. That will be a happy day!

  • Ross Diljohn

    You have my interest.

  • DanW94

    The only other 5 day COSC certified automatic movement I can think of in this price range is the SH21 from Christopher Ward they use in the Malvern or Harrison or whatever line it is, but I’d say this one trumps that with it’s use of silicon for the hairspring and escapement. Well done B&M.

  • Greg Dutton

    The first Baume in a while that I’ve liked. The grey market price should make this a great value.

    • Sylvio Bertoli

      Totally agree with you.

  • Sylvio Bertoli

    Great cost benefit. The Clifton line has totally changed my perception about the brand.

  • Peter

    I’ve always liked B&M, though many of their recent lines were a little large for me. I’m glad to see their flagship is standardizing improved tech, and it looks good. I’m a little disappointed with the lack of a screw down crown, which used to be fairly standard on a B&M.

  • Dan Finch

    The thing I like is that Richemont seeming to be making a lot of progress in shifting away from ETA/Sellita movements in their lower ranges. Hopefully, soon they will be all in-house. This will further differentiate them!

  • Leopold Gering

    Good write up and pictures. I picked up this piece and have been really happy with it. ?

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