The updated Baume & Mercier Linea automatic ladies watch preserves the collection’s signature elements of design that seem to be heavily influenced by Bvlgari’s unmistakable style.
Although the Baume & Mercier Linea collection of ladies watches was introduced around 30 years ago and then radically restyled in early 2000s, the model never managed to become a living legend.
Nevertheless, if you don’t care about the “legacy” behind the watch and other marketing tricks and are simply looking for an elegant and reliable timekeeper that looks good both with formal and more casual dress, this one may be of some interest to you.
The new Baume & Mercier Linea comes animated by a well-known ETA 2892-A2 self-winding caliber: the industry’s dependable and reliable work horse. If serviced properly and at intervals recommended by the manufacturer, the movement will possibly give you no trouble during its entire lifespan: it will just do its job.
As to the watch itself, it looks elegant and refined, although its mirror-polished fixed bezel with twelve Arabic numerals on it constantly reminds me of timekeepers sold by the Italian-based jewelry-maker Bvlgari.
Its main selling point is, of course, its exclusive interchangeable bracelet system that allows to quickly change the default (and very refined) bracelet for a leather strap that could be matched both for an evening dress and for a formal business suit. Women will simply love it, I guess.
Surprisingly, the dial of the watch is not only elegant, but is also very legible thanks to a contrast minute track and applied hour markers.
Of course, the dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands would look especially good if covered with thin patches of Superluminova, but night-time legibility doesn’t mean too much now, when mobile phones and electronic desk clocks seem to be just everywhere.
Price for the new Baume & Mercier Linea Automatic is still to be determined, but I expect it to sell at around €2000 – €2500.
Photos: Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier Linea automatic ladies watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2892-A2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight branded and decorated with Geneva stripes
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 32.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Dial: Mother of pearl
Numerals: Arabic, engraved on the bezel
Hour markers: Stainless steel (there is also a version with diamonds)
Hands: Steel, dauphine-shaped
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Exclusive interchangeable bracelet system that allows quick change from steel to leather straps and back
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire