Baume et Mercier is a Swiss luxury watchmaker who has been producing some of the finest timepieces in the world since 1830, when founded by William Baume. As a subsidiary of the Swiss luxury conglomerate, Richemont, Baume and Mercier are headquartered in Geneva, right at the famous heart of Switzerland.
As a sleek example of the Clifton Series, the Dual Time Silver Dial Men’s Watch by Baume et Mercier is a Swiss classic with style to last ages. With a perfect case size of 43mm, this timepiece is luxurious but not too small or too large — like Goldilocks, this timepiece found a size and design that is ‘just right.’ With a Swiss Automatic movement, steel construction, genuine Sapphire crystal, and a skeleton backing, this silver-dialled piece of art is still reasonably priced for a luxury piece.
The Clifton Dual Time Silver Dial Men’s Watch utilizes a Swiss-made 21-Jewel Automatic movement with an ETA 2893-2 engine (which are often used in TAG Heuer pieces as well). The functions of this mechanical movement include: display of hours, minutes, seconds, calendar date window, and a second-time zone. This calibre offers a 42 hour power reserve, Incabloc shock-resistance, an accuracy margin of 20 seconds / day, and a frequency of 28,800 A/h. At 25.60mm in diameter and only 4.10mm in depth, this movement is slim enough to be placed in a piece like this Clifton Series Dual Time.
From case to crown, this Dual Time model by Baume et Mercier is a classic. The 42mm stainless steel case is the perfect base in which to use the 21-jewel automatic movement that allows for the unique functions on this watch. The overall look is elegant, with a silver dial using an alternating Arabic numeral and index hour marker pattern, as well as a string of 24 hour GMT markers around the outer rim. The best part is that while the silver-toned central dial hands track the hours, minutes, and seconds, there is a fourth long hand connected to the central dial origin. This hand sweeps around the silver dial face to track dual time in 24-hour mode.
The case itself is steel and is only 11.3mm thin — with a great looking skeleton case back and a sleek crown, the overall look from this piece is simply elegant. The band is standard size and made of genuine black leather with an alligator pattern. Complete with a deployment clasp, this Dual Time from the Clifton Series is the perfect timepiece for any businessman or gentleman seeking a casual, dress, or business watch.
In a timepiece of this calibre, water resistance would be ideal at 100 meters, but 50 meters will do the job and ensure that this Clifton Series watch will hold up against splashes, accidental drops, showering, etc… However, the use of stainless steel makes sense in terms of keeping the costs down, but the use of titanium or ceramic would have been a better choice. At the very least, a high polished shine on this steel can make a huge difference in appearance.
The functionality of this piece is perfect. There are a few simple functions such as the main hour, minute, and second hands tracking time in traditional fashion; then there is the calendar date window at the 3 o’clock position. The Swiss-made automatic movement with the ETA 2893-2 engine means there is plenty of power to add on a unique 24-hour central dial hand, which sweeps around the outer rim of the dial (similar to the second hand) and keeps time in 24-hour format.
With a water resistance of 50 meters (165 feet), a genuine Sapphire crystal, genuine leather, and a solid casing with skeleton backing, this timepiece is an overall functional masterpiece that is deserving of the Baume and Mercier name.
What is so masterful about this Clifton Dual Time model is that rather than using a small sub dial as a 24 hour / dual time function as most watchmakers would do, Baume et Mercier committed to a classier and more beautiful timekeeping option: an around-the-rim 24 hour clock that uses a separate, central long hand to track the second time.
This Clifton Dual Time Silver Dial Men’s Watch by Baume et Mercier retails for $3,350, but can be found other places online for less than this. For the quality of Swiss watch we have here, we think this to be a total bargain. When some fashion pieces like Armani, Gucci or even Lacoste watches can cost four figures, and a decent Rolex five times that, just over $3,000 for a fantastic watch with this kind of history behind it seems like a very good deal.