For the next year, the Swiss watchmaker is slightly refreshing its 2011 Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph automatic wrist watch with a version featuring a nice combination of black dial and rose gold hands. It is expected that the new Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph Black Dial automatic watch will be officially revealed in January, 2012 during the upcoming SIHH 2012 trade show.
Did you know that in October, 2011 the Swiss watch exports rose by almost 20 percent with watches in gold cases surging by more than 30 percent and timepieces in bi-metallic bodies following the trend? At the same time, sales of pure steel watches were not that impressive.
I don’t know the reason for that. Perhaps, some people think that a watch must have something of “real” value in it, besides the way overpriced “Swiss Made” inscription on its dial that adds at least 10 percent to a timekeeper’s price.
Whatever the reason is, it is a fact that people are more and more interested in gold and, so it is no wonder that more and more serious watchmakers are introducing their timekeepers in gold and gold/steel mixtes.
The new Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph Black Dial is among them.
It seems that the mixte version will comfortably sit in between the pure steel and rose gold models that were revealed last year in January during the annual SIHH 2010 international trade show. It is no use in reciting my impressions regarding this model (you can read them in the initial impressions review that we published last year.)
I can only say that the watch is going to be issued in the same oversized stainless steel case 44 millimeters in diameter and 16.5 millimeters in height. Its black dial is perfectly contrasted with rose gold Breguet-style hour and minute hands, as well as leaf shaped chronograph and small seconds hands crafted from the same precious metal.
The gold-toned tachymeter scale is nicely contrasted by a white (or rather very light grey) colored telemeter scale. The choice of colors once again reiterates the theme of steel/gold mixte.
A beautiful watch, that.
Photos: Baume et Mercier
Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph Black Dial automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, La Joux-Perret 8147-2 ebauche, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27 jewels
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight, Geneva stripes
Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, chronograph, date, telemeter
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 16.50 mm
Lug width: N/A
Hour markers: White
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap with contrast stitching and stainless steel pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire