The final result? In theory, a more even, predictably stable chronometric performance and greater long-term accuracy. Granted, we are going to have to withhold judgement until we have examined one in the actual world. However, for now, it is interesting to watch as more and more brands move away from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), instead deciding to develop proprietary technologies as a way to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the book, it is also the most interesting expression to witness firsthand — innovate or die, right?n addition to the distinctive hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M motion itself hums along at a familiar 4Hz over the course of its generous power reserve of about 90 hours. Properly finished using deep Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible beneath the exhibition caseback, the movement itself can be adjusted in five places for accuracy.The 18k red gold instance of the Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm broad and 8.9mm thin, using a water-resistance rating of 50m, and it includes a black aligator strap. The reference M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is accessible today, even though it’s being produced in very small quantities, apparently only sold in Europe, and is retailing for a price of $12,045. An extension of this Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered here, these bits were created with specific drivers’ heritages in your mind and deliver each the super-charged aesthetics which we have seen so far from this team-up. Let us take a moment to determine what’s different this time around.
To mark the 185 years since the founding of Baume & Mercier, the Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve joins the Clifton Flying Tourbillon in the brand’s line-up of more complicated timepieces. The aesthetic is typical of the Clifton line, a look inspired by mid-twentieth century wristwatches, classical and clean.
Limited to 185 pieces, the Clifton 8-Day has a 45 mm red gold case. The dial is silvered and slightly domed for that retro look. A power reserve indicator sits at nine o’clock and the date opposite.
As with the Clifton tourbillon, the movement is made by IWC, Baume & Mercier’s sister company in Richemont, and is identical to the calibre 59210 in the IWC Portofino 8-Day. Dressed up with Geneva stripes and blued screws, it has a very large single barrel with one long mainspring, as well as a free-sprung balance wheel, a feature thought to achieve stable timekeeping.
With a price of 24,200 Singapore dollars (~US$19,400), the Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve costs about a quarter less than the equivalent model from IWC with the same movement.