The Clifton Retrograde Date watch has an inspired graphic style, once again illustrating Baume & Mercier’s expertise in the domain of small complications. It has a date calendar featuring a display of the power reserve and retrograde date, designed to provide originality and satisfy its owner’s taste for beautiful mechanisms, elegance and a certain idea of balance.

Baume & Mercier has always forged the image of a brand closely linked to life’s major events through its frequent involvement with the major celebrations in human existence. The Clifton Retrograde Date is one of those references that will defy time itself.

Alexandre Peraldi, Director of the Baume & Mercier in-house Design Studio, readily admits that «there is nothing more complicated than making a simple watch.» This 43 mm steel watch, housing a mechanical self-winding caliber, required a great deal of thought. The presence of many different functions on the dial meant achieving visual equilibrium so as to keep it perfectly legible.

 

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Clifton Automatique date retrograde ref.10149 © Baume & Mercier

 

The Clifton Retrograde Date watch, with its case borrowed from a 1950s Baume & Mercier watch, houses a mechanical self-winding caliber visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. The sun satin-finished dial displays hours, minutes and seconds through a central seconds hand. The caliber, fitted with a function plate, also displays the day in a small counter at 9 o’clock, the retrograde date at 3 o’clock and the power reserve at 6 o’clock. The winding level of the barrel spring guarantees that the watch will work for forty or so hours.

The watch is guaranteed to be water-resistant to 50 meters and is available in a brown alligator strap, closed by a triple folding buckle with security push-pieces.

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The mechanical self-winding caliber is visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. © Baume & Mercier