The final result? Well, in theory, a more, predictably stable chronometric performance and greater long-term precision. Granted, we are going to have to withhold judgement until we have examined one in the actual world. However, for now, it is intriguing to watch as an increasing number of brands move away from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), instead deciding to create proprietary technologies as a means to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the book, it is also the most interesting saying to watch firsthand — innovate or die, right?n accession to the special hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M motion itself hums along at a recognizable 4Hz over the span of its generous power reserve of about 90 hours. Properly finished with heavy Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible under the exhibition caseback, the motion itself can be adjusted in five places for accuracy.The 18k red gold instance of this Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm wide and 8.9mm thin, with a water-resistance rating of 50m, and it comes on a black aligator strap. The mention M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is available now, though it’s being produced in very limited quantities, apparently just sold in Europe, and is retailing for a price of $12,045. As part of the continuing partnership with Shelby Cobra and in celebration of their 25th anniversary of McCall’s Annual Motorworks Revival, Baume & Mercier are releasing four limited edition “Legendary Driver” chronograph watches to honor four motorists who sat behind the wheel of this furiously powered Shelby Cobra CSX1228 over fifty years ago. An extension of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered, these bits were created with specific drivers’ heritages in mind and provide all the super-charged aesthetics that we’ve seen so far from this team-up. Let’s take a moment to see what’s different this time around.
Before this year, Baume et Mercier released its Clifton Club “hero” collection of sports watches at SIHH with its CEO, Alain Zimmerman, stating that they’re focusing on younger clientele. In case you haven’t noticed the slogan “Gentle Sportsmen,” the market for this watch is your bike polo playing, big wave catching, classic car driving, alternative sports athlete who wears nicely tailored, slim-fitting suits to casual gatherings and club meetings. I wear a suit pretty frequently, and never once did I feel like it was great apparel to ride a bike, push a skateboard, or catch a wave. Although, when it comes to driving a car with its top down and feeling like James Bond, well, I’d have to provide them a gentlemanly nod.In my mind, Baume et Mercier didn’t have a client demographic which was youthful, adventurous, or sporty, and certainly not part of the counter culture that’s cafe racers and vintage customs. I thought of them as a watch company for anniversary gifts, a thank you present you buy for your parents following your first “real” pay check, a fashion watch for a girlfriend or partner, possibly a graduation present. The cost point for a Baume et Mercier is about a couple million; just about the expense of a classic fixer upper. Sure, if they had been attempting to break into the MotoGP crowd having a more affordable timepiece, it’d be a no brainer, but a Wheels and Waves motorcycling event filled with kickstarts, bandanas, and antiques, sounded a little strange.
To stay in the Clifton Club spirit, Mike Lewis and Arifin Putra spent the day testing the robustness of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Gentlesportsmen.
Thanks to its design made for adventure, the two actors were able to put to the test this watch while traveling their native land, Indonesia.
I actually wanted to put on this opinion after viewing it since it would have flawlessly looked the part on my wrist, riding down the sunset-lit California coast’s HWY 101. “Regrettably,” the very best I could do was the Limited Edition Clifton Club Shelby Cobra 1964. Surprisingly, the larger watch felt better on my yummy wrists and the grip was quite comfy, which made me more excited about the Burt Munro Tribute piece as it would feel more or less exactly the same. Despite its slightly larger lug size, grip, and pushers, it had been relatively easy to slide beneath my riding gloves when gearing up, which makes me think the Tribute piece could make it in the daily watch rotation. Again, I hear the chatter of watch fans… “a limited edition mechanical watch at the daily rotation?” Talking of limited variations, this entire weekend has been filled with vintage, rare, and custom bikes, which were constructed in household garages, custom workshops, and collectors’ warehouses. One of the numerous names repeated over the duration of the event could be RSD, Roland Sands Designs. Roland Sands is motorcycling’s equal to George Bamford from the watch world, but more badass and winning an AMA national championship. This bike construct would be something equal to carrying a Rolex 116610 Submariner Case and squeezing in the newer Calibre 3255, slapping some DLC on the case, screwing in a display caseback, coating the palms in yellow stone, and yanking off the dial an Air-King, ended off by stringing it on a hand stitched, habit perforated, humanely treated, organically tanned young calfskin strap.
I actually wanted to wear this opinion after viewing it as it would have perfectly looked the part on my wrist, driving the sunset-lit California coast’s HWY 101. “Unfortunately,” the best I could do was the Limited Edition Clifton Club Shelby Cobra 1964. Surprisingly, the bigger watch felt better on my dainty wrists and the clasp was quite comfortable, which made me excited about the Burt Munro Tribute piece as it’d feel much more or less exactly the same. Even with its slightly bigger lug size, grip, and pushers, it had been comparatively simple to slide beneath my riding gloves when gearing up, which makes me think the Tribute piece could make it in the daily watch rotation. I hear the chatter of watch enthusiasts… “a limited version mechanical watch at the daily rotation?” Speaking of limited variations, this entire weekend has been full of classic, rare, and custom motorcycles, that were built in household garages, custom workshops, and collectors’ warehouses. Among numerous names repeated over the course of the event could be RSD, Roland Sands Designs. Roland Sands is motorcycling’s equal to George Bamford in the watch world, but badass and winning an AMA national tournament. This bike build would be something equal to carrying a Rolex 116610 Submariner Case and squeezing in the newer Calibre 3255, slapping a few DLC on the case, screwing in an exhibition caseback, coating the palms in yellow stone, and yanking the dial off an Air-King, ended off by stringing it onto a hand stitched, habit perforated, humanely treated, organically tanned young calfskin strap.