Well, it’s official: B&M finally introduces its first limited edition model designed exclusively for their U.S. customers. Destined to be sold exclusively through Turneau, one of the largest watch retailers in the United States, the new Baume & Mercier Capeland Tourneau Limited Edition (Ref. 10088) wrist watch will be produced in a limited party of just 250 pieces.
Launched back in 2011, the Baume & Mercier Capeland was updated earlier this year with a new movement and a couple of new dials. Also manufactured by the Swiss ebauche maker LaJoux-Perret, the new LJP Caliber 3513 sports a very similar basic design and, too, features a nicely executed flyback chronograph complication.
Just as the base model, the new Capeland Tourneau comes in a slightly oversized stainless steel body that measures 44 millimeters in diameter, is 16.50 mm thick and harmonically combines the vintage-styled face with its inevitable italicized Arabic numerals and Breguet-type hands with classic-looking chronograph push-pieces and a very comfortable-looking setting crown.
Of course, thanks for its generously sized hands and a number of different scales on the dial (tachymeter, blue), sub-dials and even on the bezel flange (telemeter, black), the face of the watch looks kinda busy, but that’s how the chronos from the first half of the 20th century generally looked like.
Again, the watch is legible enough to easily tell current time in broad daylight. It wouldn’t be as impressive in total darkness, though, since the piece comes without a trace of lume on its hands and hour markers.
As usual, its only serious problem is the price. Sporting MSRP of whopping $8000 USD, the timekeeper will be either out of financial reach of a normal watch enthusiast, or will be on par with such monsters as Glashutte Original Vintage Senator Sixties Chronograph and the likes. Well, I guess the guys from Baume & Mercier know what they are doing.
Photos: Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier Capeland Tourneau Limited Edition (Ref. 10088) automatic watch specification
Price: $8000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, LaJoux-Perret caliber 3513, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, tachymeter (blue) and telemeter (black) scales
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: No data
Numerals: Arabic, Breguet-type
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Steel, blued
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with contrasting beige stitching
Case back: Sapphire