At Gentleman’s Journal we have featured many watches that cost the same a supercar. Walking around with that much money on your wrist often means you leave the watches in the safe — lest you scrape or bump or knock them during the course of a busy day.
But still we listen to the watch experts, who tell us that to get the best watch, you need to fork out the same amount you may for a two bedroom flat in Central London. But we’ve found a solution to this pricey problem; the ever trustworthy Swiss watchmaker Baume et Mercier.
One of the brand’s latest offerings, the Clifton Baumatic, boasts an in-house movement and sub-£3,000 price tag. It’s smart, simple, sleek — and won’t reek havoc on your insurance premiums.
It’s a feat of both engineering and costing. With a 120-hour power reserve — that’s five days off a full wind — sapphire crystal front and back, and a large clear date window at three o’clock, this is a watch that breaks all the rules when it comes to luxury Swiss watches. But, rather than that cheapening the timepiece, it affords it something new, a unique selling point that makes its appearance on the market all the more exciting.
You’d be hard pushed to find another watch at this price point with such a beautifully finished in-house COSC-certified movement, and that combines all the major hallmarks of Swiss watch production, from circular-grained bridges and a sandblasted, snailed plate, to a Côtes de Genève oscillating weight.
With a black alligator strap and pin buckle, it also passes muster when it comes to style — not to mention comfort. So, although it might not cost as much as the Rolex you pull out for black tie dinners, or be as ground-breaking as some of the odder offerings from Hublot, this is the perfect watch in its own right — and you won’t be worried wearing it out of the house…
Baume et Mercier Clifton Baumatic
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