Baume & Mercier Rolls Out Retro Clifton

May 30, 2013 | Watches

Baume & Mercier's sleek Clifton GMT watches are inspired by a 1950s hit.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

For the busy traveler who wants time in two zones at his fingertips, Baume & Mercier answers the demand—and does so in style. The Swiss watch brand with 183 years of history and tradition has now unveiled the retro-styled Clifton GMT. Two styles are being released of the 43mm brushed satin-finished steel watch. One features a silvery dial, while the other is an anthracite dial with a sun-satin finish.

The Clifton GMT houses an automatic mechanical movement—the ETA 2893-3—and features a second time zone indication via a 24-hour slim hand with a red dot at the end that revolves around the dial once every 24 hours. The date is indicated via an aperture at 3 o’clock. The domed sapphire crystal of the watch is anti-reflective, and the watch is fitted with a sapphire case back to view the movement. The anthracite dialed watch is offered on a maroon strap, while the silver dial watch with red accents and 24-hour indications features a classic black strap. The all-new Clifton GMT watches retail for an amazing $3,300.

Inspired by a 1950s vintage timepiece from the brand’s archives, the Clifton collection of watches was first released earlier this year and offers a clean, retro dial design in a contemporary interpretation. Other timepieces in the line include two 41mm automatic watches (with three hands) and a manual wind (LaJoux-Perret 7381) 42mm piece in 18-karat rose gold. What makes this series so special is the incredible retail price ranging from $2,700 to $6,300.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

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