ReviewIn The League Of Extraordinary Calibres: Baume & Mercier’s New Baumatic Watches
Under the loupe in this edition of The Watch Guide is the magnificent Baumatic movement, the first in-house Calibre to grace Baume & Mercier watches under the Clifton collection
May We Recommend
The hunt for a no-nonsense dress watch with a high-precision automatic movement, in a certain category, is now over with the new Baumatic from Baume & Mercier. The highlight of the watch is the movement beating at its centre—the ‘Baumatic’ BM12-1975A calibre. By incorporating this in-house movement, Baume & Mercier has become the first brand from the Richemont Group to offer a watch with a silicon balance spring and a high-performance escapement.
The Inception Of The Wizard Movement
The horological feat and highly ambitious task to create a mechanical, self-winding in-house movement was always on the brand’s checklist, but eluded its offerings so far, due to logistic issues or other roadblocks time and again. However, the stars finally aligned for Baume & Mercier, and a partnership with the newly-founded Richemont Research & Innovation teams and the state-of-the-art facilities of their ValFleurier manufacturing unit led to the inception of the reliable Baumatic movement. The innovative process that came to fruition this year has already been declared a major success courtesy the extremely competitive price that Baume & Mercier offers the Baumatic collection at.
The all-rounder collection has mighty impressive technical features such as the silicon escapement and a grand five-day power reserve. The team at Richemont, after extensive research, innovated with TWINSPIR™ technology, which is ‘applied to a new hairspring with a composite structure, combining two cores of silicon’. The movement takes into account the watch beholder’s ease. With reduced friction between the components, the sparing use of lubricants cuts down the need for frequent servicing. The overall anti-magnetic movement, in a nutshell, is extremely efficient, reliable and accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day.
The brand has introduced not one or two, but five new, diverse watches under the Baume & Mercier Clifton collection. Exuding contemporary aesthetics, while still honouring traditional watchmaking ideals, these timepieces are hugely successful among all watch connoisseurs, new and seasoned alike. The Baumatic collection has a particularly elegant steel case measuring 40mm in diameter, without losing out on the Clifton’s masculine persona. The polish on the case is refined, giving it a true luxe appeal, which translates to the curvaceous lugs as well and domed sapphire crystal over the dial. The contemporary stylised watch has dial options in pristine white or intense black, and legibility is key, heightened by the faceted and applied baton hour markers. Complementing the urban man’s character, the long, slender lancet hour and minute hands sweep across the dial, where a functional date window marks its presence adjacent to three o’clock.
A gorgeous movement like the Baumatic can’t be kept in the dark, behind solid steel, hence it’s no surprise that the Swiss watchmakers have wisely picked a transparent caseback for all their models. A durable leather alligator strap with a pin buckle is the perfect modern spin to a 1950s look. The plethora of colour options that the leather straps are available in—dark blue, deep black or warm brown—are all easily interchangeable. There is also one variation available in a solid five-row steel bracelet with a triple folding clasp.
A Cut Above The Rest
A watch that needs a special mention is the Baumatic 5 Days/Chronometer for its sheer technical advancement. The Baumatic movement powering this particular variation is chronometer certified, joining the league of watches from brands such as Rolex, Breitling, among other elite brands. The COSC certification implies the movement is extremely accurate and operates at a frequency of 28,800 v/ph. This Baumatic is water resistant to a decent 50m mark and is accompanied with a black leather strap featuring slate-grey stitching.
The Clifton Baumatic collection, being the first Baume & Mercier collection with an in-house movement, is certainly a flagship range. A brand new offering, this powerhouse of a series is here to stay, and though we can expect Richemont Group to extend the accurate calibre to other brands, for now, it sits exclusively in the Baumatic series.
Share your thoughts on the supremely advanced Baumatic collection in the comments section below. Head to Ethos Watches Boutiques to shop for the latest watches.