The Baume and Mercier Clifton Club was released as SIHH 2017 as a new collection of sports and dive watches. The Clifton series was already a successful model line from the brand so the Club was an easy addition to add more sports models.
The Clifton Club
Baume and Mercier describes the Clifton Club as a “watch for the gentlesportsman.” The design is to be a multi-purpose, stylish, sports watch to be worn during any activity. There are five different variations of the model, not including the Clifton Club Shelby Cobra. While they have similar aesthetics that set them apart.
Specifications of the Collection
The collection, not including the Shelby Cobra models, features 42mm stainless steel cases. There is also the all black Clifton Club which features an ADLC coated case. Of the full stainless steel models, there are also varying dial and bracelets.
There are two stainless steel watches on a stainless steel bracelet. These watches feature either a black dial or blue dial, both with orange accents and matching bezel. Similarly, there are also two models on a black “All Roads” calfskin strap; these models feature either a black or white dial surrounded by a stainless steel case and bezel.
The ADLC coated Clifton Cub features a black dial and matching black rubber strap. Just like the other models in the collection, this all black version also features orange accents. ADLC is an acronym for amorphous diamond-like carbon. The coating is highly elastic, extremely hard and extra smooth. Thanks to it being a diamond-like carbon, the coating is scratch resistant and virtually finger print proof.
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra
Rounding out the Clifton Club collection are two Shelby Cobra limited editions channeling the original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. These watches feature a 44mm stainless steel case with racing inspiration in the details. Both models feature chronograph displays highlighted by red channeling the car dashboard. The hour and minutes hands are also designed to be reflective of a steering wheel. The full blue dial version, limited to 1964 pieces, sits upon a black calfskin “All Roads” strap embossed with a carbon like pattern.
There is also the blue and white dial version in a limited production of 196 pieces in recognition of the speed record set by the Daytona at Le Mans in 1964. This 44mm watch features similar racing red details, the Cobra logo on the chronograph seconds hand and a blue calfskin embossed carbon-like calfskin strap. The special part about this watch is the split coloring on the dial. Split right down the middle, the watch is half white and half blue. This is chosen to mirror the half blue, half silver tail marking on the original Daytona.
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