Baume & Mercier reveals the Clifton Baumatic Caliber

Founded in 1830, the Swiss Maison d’Horlogerie Baume & Mercier has had a proud track record of producing watches that consistently embody an ideal of excellence and affordable luxury for everyday living. Baume & Mercier has taken a fresh, in-depth look at mechanical watches in order to improve their performance. The result… Baume & Mercier has achieved this ultimate luxury with the Clifton Baumatic, offering an array of outstanding characteristics that raise the bar in watchmaking. An epitome of advanced watchmaking that fulfils every aspect of Baume & Mercier’s motto: “Accept only perfection.”

Last January 2018 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Gèneve, Baume & Mercier revealed its very first in-house mechanical self-winding movement, the Baumatic caliber. This new caliber responds to the real problems encountered by self-winding watches, and provides innovative solutions in four distinct fields.

Power reserve

The power reserve of a standard watch movement ranges from 40 to 70 hours when it is fully wound. All the Baume & Mercier watches equipped with the Baumatic™ movement have a high-performance 120-hour power reserve, i.e. 5 days.

Chronometric accuracy

A standard watch requires regular time-setting, from the instance its daily variation in precision is around 20 to 30 seconds per day. In addition to its COSC-certified chronometer model, all of the Baume & Mercier watches equipped with the Baumatic™ movement are adjusted to a precision rate of -4/+6 seconds per day and offer a stable level of precision throughout the whole of the power reserve.

Magnetic fields

There are many effects that may be caused by magnetic fields: the most common being the movement suddenly stopping or a loss of precision. The Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic™ watch is resistant to at least 1,500 Gauss, a resistance 25x higher than the current ISO norm.


A watch movement is a complex mechanism comprising numerous mobile miniature components. Their perpetual interaction results in friction and wear, which can be minimized by lubrication, a delicate issue in any watch movement. The quality of the various lubricants for the Baumatic™ movement make it possible to prolong the maintenance service intervals beyond the generally recommended five years.

Don’t wait a minute longer to discover the four incredible performances offered by the Baumatic™ movement and to view our four videos, which illustrate each of these innovations. With their refined, porcelain-like finish, the five new models in the Clifton Baumatic™ collection by Baume & Mercier epitomize the brand’s masculine identity.

Designed for the confident and urban man, this must-have accessory comes with an immaculate white or intense black dial. The understated, easy-to-read display features slender riveted hour-markers, slim lancet hands and an oversized date aperture at 3 o’clock. Topped with a domed sapphire crystal, the minute track – in anthracite gray or white – follows the perfectly proportioned curves of the 40 mm polished/satin-finished steel case. Water-resistant to 50 meters, the transparent case back reveals the new Baumatic™ BM12-1975A caliber, the first mechanical self-winding movement developed in-house, in collaboration with the Richemont group.

This timepiece, attaches to the wrist with an alligator strap that fastens with a pin buckle. The strap is easy to change without the need for a tool, and comes in dark blue, deep black or warm brown for the two-tone version. A five-row bracelet in polished/satin-finished steel, which fastens by means of a triple folding buckle with security push-pieces, is also available to complement this line of contemporary watches.

Founded in 1830, the Swiss Maison d’Horlogerie Baume & Mercier has had a proud track record of producing watches that consistently embody an ideal of excellence and affordable luxury for everyday living. Today, the brand’s six key collections include the elegant Clifton collection that features an urban character, the classically feminine Linea and Promesse for women, the sporty-elegant Capeland for men, the timeless Hampton for both men and women, and the Classima, perfect for all occasions.

Building on its watchmaking heritage and the commitment of a visionary family, Baume & Mercier maintains this spirit where attention to every detail goes beyond the manufacture of watches. Loyal to its motto “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality”, after almost two centuries of existence, the Swiss watchmaker has forged the image of a company whose name evokes absolute elegance and affordable luxury. This is probably why its horological creations, that have always reflected the values of its rich heritage, go so perfectly with the special moments in life.

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