Haute Time Visits Baume & Mercier in New York

This week, Haute Time got the chance to visit with Baume & Mercier to get a close-up look at the Maison’s new timepieces for Spring. The Swiss manufacture introduced new watches from the Clifton and Capeland collections, and we’ve got your in-depth look:

First up is a Capeland 44mm timepiece, with a new manufacture movement with worldtimer function. This timepiece will be available in steel and 18K red gold – we got to see the steel piece, which will be available around July 2013. Pictured here with a blue alligator strap, this model features beautiful blue steel on the face of the watch. Best of all, this watch is actually very affordable at only $7900. Yes, $7900 for a worldtimer in steel, and $19,900 for the red gold version.
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Next up is a top of the line watch from the Clifton series; pictured below is the Clifton 1830 in red gold, which retails for around $13,950. This timepiece has a power reserve of 90 hours, and a proprietary manual winding movement. For the price of $13,950, this piece is a great value, along with being in highly desirable red gold. According to the brand, this is the foundation of the Clifton line.
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The last watch comes in under the usual price point of watches featured here on Haute Time, but felt we had to speak about the Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar Moon-phase Watch. When we inquired about the price, we couldn’t believe the Baume & Mercier rep when they replied that it sells for under $5000. In fact, this timepiece retails for $4950, and has a beautiful blue – called Sun Satin – finish. This watch displays the date, the day, and the month, along with the moon phases at the 6 o’clock position.
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Overall, we have been very impressed with Baume & Mercier recently. The manufacture are staying within their brand, and creating great pieces at a very affordable price point.  We look forward to watching their development, particularly in regards to the Clifton series, which we predict will be a huge success for the brand.

Photos by Seth Semilof.

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