Baume et Mercier will surely continue their relationship with the addition of follow-up limited and specific variations in the future alongside sponsoring more bike events and alternative sports. The Clifton Club watch is a fantastic value proposition piece that could be the dual duty workhorse a lot of people are looking for. A number of the races over this Wheels and Waves California occasion were “run what you brung,” so the only thing holding back you was you. No red tape, no actual inspections, just racing at it’s purest, and that is where I feel the Clifton Club really stands out. The opinion isn’t crying “look at me and my pedigree and mechanical invention and legacy and best of the and that,” it’s only a great looking and functioning watch.One of the first things I heard on this trip was out of Fred Martel, President of Baume et Mercier, during our automobile trip from airport. The dialogue nicely summarized the event. Baume is not attempting to be a specialist watchmaker or an competitive performance-driven brand which tries to conquer the contest, but a brand that embraces life and its achievements all while appreciating the ride.Well built and created for the weekend warrior, prices for your Clifton Club beginning at $1,950 for its stainless steel version, on up to $2,250 for its bells and whistles, rubber strapped DLC version. The Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition is available for pre-sale using a price tag of $3,750, restricted to 1967 pieces.
The Swiss watch brand was the official sponsor of the first annual Wheels & Waves event held in Cayucos at the Swallow Creek Ranch.
Now, being that it is a mechanical watch, I could hear the chatter of watch fans commenting about how mechanical watches should not be exposed to constant vibration and G powers no matter the specs. The effects of continuous and brief powerful vibrations to mechanical movements has been widely debated on many forums and covered by many articles, some of these by aBlogtoWatch, but it is generally agreed upon that any strenuous physical activity is best performed with your mechanical watch spectating from the sidelines. Wearing of mechanical watches through these kinds of activities could damage the self-winding mechanism along with causing premature wear pivots and the balance wheel.As a perfect testing ground I’d be riding a skillet, vibey V-twin Indian Scout Bobber, over three days, to test all these premature wear concepts such as the added advantage of it being shock resistant and rated to withstand 550 G, which is over 10 times the shock exerted on a body during a fatal automobile accident. Together with those specs, I was feeling quite confident about the watch withstanding the vibrations.The additional mechanical machine I would be reviewing are the above Indian Scout Bobber, a newly not-yet-released model, and I’d be riding one to the next few days at arguably one of the most coveted, secret, two-wheeled parties in the motorcycle community. The Bobber was a great compliment to the Clifton Club watch because they taken an edgier feel against their counterparts in their respective collections, and that, as the weekend progressed, revealed to be a very free relationship with similar street maps.
Racing would ensue, the thunder of pistons bashing away as the riders trapped back their throttles at the start line, hammering their brakes a 1/4 mile afterwards, then ripping through the gears back to where they’d started from. A combination of drag racing and barrel racing; every rider would start in neutral using their left hand in their helmet, and as soon as the flag dropped, they would change into gear, race down to the barrel, whip a u-turn and return-to-home as fast as they had left it, all while riding side by side with their competitor.In between all the racing would be easy, lively, peg dragging 3 hour joy ride starting along HWY 101 then into Templeton, Paso Robles, along with Big Sur.The weekend would be all about the Clifton Club set of watches and, later in the weekend, the unveiling of the Burt Munro Tribute Limited Edition. I had been excited about trying out this set as I had to get some hands-on time with those watches. I am a sucker for everyday use sailors, so my very first watch of the weekend was the stainless steel Clifton Club with a sunburst satin-finished blue dial, strapped to a textured orange rubber NATO. The daring colour blend was fitting to the coastal city setting as it reminds me of the sea and the sun reflecting off the water’s surface. The rubber NATO was a great touch as it felt just like a miniature hi-viz wetsuit round my wrist and it was surprisingly comfortable, since the material would give a little during little vibrations and impacts with continual wear. The 42mm case dimensions and the 10.3millimeter thickness fit snuggly around my 7.25 inch wrist, fitting comfortably under my riding gloves through long kilometers and hours of street vibrations. The Sellita SW200 movement isn’t glamorous, but it is reliable and with of the street vibrations being subjected to it over this weekend, so I would not have wanted it to be a in-house, handmade marvel.
Over the course of three days, attendees enjoyed a cultural experience on the coastline of San Luis Obispo County. Guests rode authentic Indian motorcycles and experienced a variety of races at the Santa Maria and Santa Margarita Raceways.
On this occasion, custom Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watches were awarded to race winners. Engraved on the case back of the Clifton Club Automatic model is a one-of-a-kind design commemorating each individual race – Super Hooligans, Vintage Class and Sprint Hero.
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a unique and cultural event,” said Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier. “The partnership with Wheels & Waves is a fantastic way to celebrate Clifton Club and showcase our commitment to strengthening our presence in the sports segment, with a lighthearted approach.”
The end result? In theory, a more, predictably stable chronometric functionality and greater long-term accuracy. Granted, we’ll have to withhold judgement until we’ve tested one in the actual world. However, for now, it is interesting to see an increasing number of brands go from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), instead deciding to create proprietary technologies as a means to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the book, it’s also the most interesting expression to watch firsthand — innovate or perish, right?n addition to the special hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M movement itself hums along in a familiar 4Hz over the course of its generous power book of about 90 hours. Properly finished using deep Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible under the exhibition caseback, the movement itself is also adjusted in five places for accuracy.The 18k red gold instance of this Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm broad and 8.9mm thin, using a water-resistance rating of 50m, and it comes on a black aligator strap. The reference M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is available now, though it’s being made in very limited quantities, seemingly only sold in Europe, and is retailing for a cost of $12,045. As part of their continued partnership with Shelby Cobra and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of McCall’s Annual Motorworks Revival, Baume & Mercier are releasing four limited edition “Legendary Driver” chronograph watches to honor four drivers who sat behind the wheel of this furiously powered Shelby Cobra CSX1228 over fifty five years ago. An extension of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered here, these pieces were created with specific motorists’ heritages in your mind and provide each of the super-charged aesthetics which we’ve seen so far from this team-up. Let us take a little time to determine what’s different this time around.
The movement featured here’s your durable Valjoux 7753 that delivers a sufficient 48-hour electricity reserve. The 7753 is observable through the instance back via a different sapphire crystal and beats at 28,800vph. This is the identical motion as was housed from the prior Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition watches, and while the 7753 might not be the prettiest of movements, you aren’t always buying this watch for your case-back. You are purchasing this watch for the sporty design and racing heritage it’s meant to honor.Each of those four Baume & Mercier Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby Cobra watches is restricted to a 15-piece run and will be available only in North America at the Feldmar Watch Company in Los Angeles, CA, and Celebrities D’Oro at Las Vegas, NV, beginning in October 2016. Pricing is $4,850. When it comes to dress watches, it seems that purists appear to prefer a smaller (generally round) black dial using a simple two-hander movement. While I love a fantastic dress watch, I’m more than willing to detract from the “black tie” standard, as it’s handy to mix up things now and again. For example, I actually favor a white dial, and if you swap this case shape out to some compact rectangle, you have what we’re looking at today — the Baume & Mercier Hampton.And a compact case it is, measuring in at 42.6mm x 29.2mm, with an instance thickness of 8.1mm. Nevertheless, that depth dimension may be somewhat misleading, due to among those very sudden (but pleasant) surprises with the Baume & Mercier Hampton, it is sapphire crystal. You see, its thicker crystal, curved from top to bottom. You could be thinking, well, what’s so special about this? You may actually see a massive portion of this curve because of the fact that the situation sides scoop down out of it. Not only does this provide you with an opinion of the crystal, but it retains the sides of the watch from appearing to be overly thick.
Clifton Club © Baume & Mercier
The spirit of Wheels & Waves embodies the true essence of the Clifton Club Collection: fair play, camaraderie, respect, friendship and designed for adventure. The Wheels & Waves sponsorship continues Baume & Mercier’s new connection to motorcycles’ universe recently announced with Indian Motorcycle Company.