It’s beginning to feel a lot like pre-SIHH season (which is my subtle way of saying that you should REALLY keep your eyes on REVO this week). Today, the festive fun continues with Baume & Mercier. I wrote about the glorious Clifton Perpetual Calendar launched earlier this year here. And now we have one further Clifton for him and one new Promesse for her.

First up, for him, a complication as useful as it is cosmopolitan: dual-time indication. The new Clifton isn’t a small watch. At 43mm, in a steel case with polished & satin finishes, its form nicely highlights the collection’s hallmark double bevel. The deep blue dial is glorious and features the date, the power reserve at 6 o’clock and a second-time indication at 12. I’ve long been a fan of sword-shaped hands, and combined with the Arabic numerals and a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal — this watch has all the charm you’d want from a new watch. The date display is, of course, at 3 o’clock. Looking beyond the dial you will also find subtle red notes and the delicate white edging around the date which are nice touches. Inside is a self-winding Soprod 9035 caliber with a 42 hour power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal caseback you’ll see the circular-grained finished plate and bridges, bleued steel screws and oscillating weight decorated with “Côtes de Genève”.

Designed for travellers, the new Clifton GMT Power Reserve embodies all that’s good about the brand — restrained elegance and value. The Clifton is set to retail for £3,100.

For her we have the all new Promesse. A delicate, gorgeous ladies watch with the most romantic of complications: The moonphase. The moonphase sits within a blue lacquered dial. There are 30 diamonds, set like two crescent moons, which brighten up this starry night and highlight the oval shaped bezel, perfectly fitting into the round (34mm) polished steel case. Within you have a robust Ronda 708 quartz movement. Priced at £3,200, the new Promesse could be the ultimate stocking filler.

CLIFTON GMT POWER RESERVE

REFERENCE: M0A10316

MOVEMENT
– Automatic (Soprod 9035)
– Oscillating weight personalizedwith snailed & « Côtes de Genève » decors
– Circular-grained bridges & plate
– Blued steel screws
– Jewels: 28
– Power reserve: 42 hours

– Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)

FUNCTIONSƒ
Hours, minutes, seconds, dual time, power reserve indicator, date

CASEƒ
Round
ƒDiameter: 43 mm
ƒPolished & satin-finished steel
ƒDomed antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ƒ Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws

DIAL
ƒSun satin-finished blue
Rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and indexes ƒ Rhodium-plated hands

STRAP
Square scales black alligator

CLASP
Adjustable triple folding clasp with security push-pieces

WATER-RESISTANCE
5 ATM (approx. 50m)

PROMESSE MOON PHASE

REFERENCE: M0A10347

MOVEMENT
ƒQuartz (Ronda 708)

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, moon phase

CASE
Round
Diameter: 34mm
Diamond-set polished steel (30 brilliant cut diamonds,0.38 ct, Top Wesselton, VS quality)
Domed antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Full case back secured with 4 screws

DIAL
Shading lacquered blue
Diamond-set indexes (4 brilliant cut diamonds,0.02 ct, Top Wesselton, VS quality)STRAPƒ Glossy blue alligator BUCKLEƒ Pin buckle

WATER-RESISTANCEƒ
5 ATM (approx. 50m)