Baume & Mercier introduces Perpetual Calendar complication into the Riviera collection for the first time | SENATUS



Baume & Mercier introduces Perpetual Calendar complication into the Riviera collection for the first time
By SENATUS Magazine | 12 September 2023

Baume & Mercier presents its signature complication, the Perpetual Calendar, for the first time as part of the Riviera collection. This limited edition of just 50 watches asserts a 40 mm steel version driven by a manufacture movement considered one of the finest in watchmaking.

The fifty numbered collection is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Riviera collection. In 1973, Baume & Mercier created a surprise by presenting a watch with a groundbreaking sport-chic look: the Riviera. Its distinctive design went on to make it the Brand’s iconic model for the next fifty years. This watch was unique, different and spectacular. Its steel case and twelve-sided bezel left their mark on watchmaking, breaking the rules of traditional style.

In a steel case with a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of just 11.8 mm, the new Baumatic Riviera Perpetual Calendar is equipped with a Baumatic manufacture movement with a Dubois-Dépraz module featuring a five-day power reserve and the most exemplary watchmaking finishes there are: circular-grained bridges, a sand-blasted and snailed baseplate, and a gold-plated oscillating weight that perfectly coordinates with the color of the dial, adorned with “Côtes de Genève” and snailed decorations, as well as the unique Baume & Mercier engraving.

Its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has an anti-glare coating on both sides, while the polished and sun-satin stainless steel bezel is fastened with four polished screws in the purest expression of the Riviera style. For an ultimate touch of refinement and exclusiveness, each timepiece bears a special “Limited Edition” number engraving.

A major addition to the collection, the Baumatic Riviera Perpetual Calendar echoes the historical model from 1985 that featured a complete calendar indicating the dates, days, months and moon phases. It may be inspired by its past, but it turns resolutely towards the future, even as the beautiful harmony of its dial points to the greatest times in watchmaking history. Its gold color with a vertical satin finish and the diamond-ground line surrounding each counter emphasize the dial’s functions. Vintage accents make an immediate connection between the past and present to better prepare for the future.

Its indexes are riveted and rhodium-plated. The skeletonized hour and minute hands are also rhodium-plated, and they stylishly complement the blued steel hand with a PHI counter-weight and polished and blued steel counter hands. The moon phase disk is also gold-plated and polished blue. Mounted on an integrated strap with three rows of links – with the central link adorned with decorative beveling –, this model features the very reliable exclusive strap interchangeability system which makes it possible to change styles in seconds without the need for tools. A truly different watch.

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