After introducing a perpetual calendar in the Baumatic range last year, Baumet & Mercier has introduced two new moon phase watches this year that further expand the Clifton Baumatic collection. Meet the new Clifton Baumatic Day Date Moon Phase and the Baumatic Date
Baume et Mercier debuted the Clifton Baumatic at the 2018 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and it immediately made an impression. Featuring a robust new movement developed using the combined might of Richemont’s Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier facility, and the group’s research and innovation department, the brand promised that this new caliber would serve as the base for a whole new collection.
The Baumatic Day Date Moon Phase has 42 mm 18K rose gold with satin-polished double-beveled edges and is topped by a domed sapphire crystal. It has a gradient gray lacquer dial with two sub-dials. The one at 12 displays the day of the week while the moon phase set against a starry sky background. The dial reveals the moon phases against a starry sky background with a smokey sapphire crystal mean to serve as the cloud. The date ring is placed along the periphery of the dial. Time is indicated by slim alpha-shaped hands set against riveted trapezoid-shaped hour markers.
The sapphire crystal caseback gives us a glimpse of the movement, the Baumatic BM14-1975A C2 self-winding caliber. Like all Baumatic movements, it has a power reserve of 5 days, high accuracy, it is anti-magnetic up to 1,500 Gauss, and its service intervals can run longer than the standard five years.
The Clifton Baumatic Date Moon Phase uses the same 42 mm case, but it is only offered in stainless steel. Paired with either an interchangeable blue alligator strap or a satin-polished five-row steel bracelet, it has a white porcelain-finish dial like the perpetual calendar from last year. It has riveted trapezoid-shaped hour markers and fine faceted alpha-shaped hands to indicate time. At 6 o’ clock, a moon-phase indication is set against a starry sky background, surrounded by pointer date display. It is also powered by the same BM14 self-winding movement but without the day indication.