Six weeks ago the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club joined the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control and Montblanc’s newest Timewalker as the most-discussed ‘affordable’ collections among the higher-end debuts shown during SIHH 2017 in Geneva.
Continuing the already successful Clifton series, these newest Clifton Club watches offer 42mm steel cases with a horn-to-horn bevel that runs around the case and echoes the curves of the watch. Rather than the dressy, single-functions Cliftons of previous years, these new models are decidedly sporty with black, white or blue dials and 100-meters of water resistance.
The Clifton Club is available in five versions. The first two options feature polished/satin-finished stainless steel cases with black or white dials and an impressive calfskin strap with an embossed sailcloth-like fabric lined with orange rubberized calfskin.
There are also two Clifton Clubs with a polished/satin-finished stainless steel
case (black or blue dial) with a steel, three-row bracelet boasting a fine adjustment mechanism. Lastly, there is an all-black version with a black dial, stainless steel case with a black sand-blasted ADLC coating (amorphous diamond-like
carbon, a hard coating) and an integrated black vulcanized rubber strap. All Clifton Club watches feature a Sellita automatic SW200 movement. Prices start at $1,950.
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra
Peter Brock, designer of the famed Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, joined Baume & Mercier Design Director Alexandre Peraldi to create this newest Shelby collection, called Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Editions.
The resulting two designs nicely capture the Daytona’s aerodynamic shape while also conveying the spirit of the Shelby livery. You can see it clearly in the clean lines of the 44mm case made in polished/satin-finished steel, or steel and titanium. At the center is a dial created by Brock that echoes the colors of the Daytona Coupe. The dial is offered in a choice of Daytona blue, silver-colored, or half blue/half silver-colored to mirror the split Shelby racing stripes on the Daytona’s flat tail, created to allow easy identification during races.
These Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Editions are available as a 1,964-piece chronograph limited edition ($4,450) in tribute to the first official race of the Daytona Coupe or 196-piece flyback chronograph numbered limited edition ($7,950) to celebrate the CSX2299’s speed record of 196 MPH in 1964. The latter is powered by an automatic La Joux-Perret 8147-2 movement with flyback chronograph function while the wider release utilizes an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. All timepieces in the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra collection arrive to its owner with a 1:43 scale model of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and a printed history of the racecar.
About Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier began when Brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume opened a comptoir horloger boutique in Les Bois, a village in the Swiss Jura in 1830. The enterprise grew quickly, earning a reputation for carrying some of the most innovative horological creations of the time. Surrounded by excellence, the brother’s business blossomed into what today is one of the most recognized watch brands in the world.