So far, the beautiful Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic, a new addition to the growing Clifton collection of affordable dress watches that was presented back in January at SIHH 2014 show, looks like the most advanced member of the family. Although the mechanism that powers it is just a usual ETA 2892-2 with a complication module sitting atop of it, it is still elegant and refined and, if you are not obsessed with technical features, could become a nice companion if you plan to wear it with a business suit.
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Okay, we finally started getting news releases regarding watches that will be revealed during the upcoming SIHH 2014 event next January. Among them, is the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph (ref. MOA10123, often referred to by various online stores simply as ‘10123’) collection of automatic timekeepers.
‘Worldtimers’ are extremely popular these days. They are produced as ultra-limited one-offs, as well as dirt-cheap throwaways from numerous Chinese “fashion” brands with a lifespan of a fruit fly. Baume & Mercier has recently introduced its own take on the idea. Powered by a (technically) in-house automatic caliber, the new Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer (ref. MOA10107 aka 10107) is available both in stainless steel and in a lot more expensive rose gold body.
Like most blues songs that use the omnipresent 12-bar chord progression can be either extremely boring or delightfully original, so can be thousands of wristwatches that feature the classic combo of the complete calendar and moon phase displays. Although the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar & Moonphase (refs. MOA10055 & MOA10316) that was presented back in January at the SIHH 2013 event features the excruciatingly tiresome layout that we have already seen thousands of times, it somehow manages to be a real treat for the eye of an enthusiast.
The hand-wound Baume & Mercier Clifton 1830 (ref. MOA10060 aka 10060) demonstrates how far the Swiss watchmakers have come since their sometimes clumsy and often epigonic models of the past. Although their new baby (if you can call a ‘baby’ a watch that costs close to $15K) still shows that it was at least partially influenced by more renowned models from more expensive brand names, the watch delivers a completely new level of refinement and elegance, something that you don’t expect from a “second-tier” brand.
Well, it’s official: B&M finally introduces its first limited edition model designed exclusively for their U.S. customers. Destined to be sold -again: exclusively- through Turneau, one of the largest luxury retailers in the United States, the automatic Baume & Mercier Capeland Tourneau Limited Edition (Ref. MOA10088 aka 10088) will be produced in a limited party of just 250 pieces. And it will be expensive, too.
The brand has fairly recently updated its Linea line with the beautiful Linea Collection (refs. 10070 & 10090) that featured a nicely finished stainless steel case and a mother-of-pearl dial. Yet, the guys at B&M apparently decided that the watches were too popular among the target audience not to introduce yet another iteration that would be able to grab the attention of those looking for something even more upscale. Now presented in another, even more expensive combination of materials, the updated Baume & Mercier Two-Tone Linea Automatic (Ref. 10073) combines solid 18-karat rose gold and high-grade stainless steel.
For the year 2012, Baume & Mercier is slightly refreshing its 2011 Capeland Flyback Chronograph (refs. M0A10006 & M0A10007) with a version featuring a combination of black dial and rose gold hands. Probably set to compete with Montblanc’s Collection Villeret series, I expect the Capeland Flyback Chronograph Black Dial (ref. MOA10068 aka 10068) to be officially revealed in January during the upcoming SIHH 2012 trade show.
It takes just a single glance at the fixed bezel to see that the updated Baume & Mercier Linea Automatic (ref. MOA10035 aka 10074) preserves the collection’s signature elements of design that is heavily influenced by Bvlgari’s unmistakable style. It is not for me to say whether it’s a good thing or bad: after all, we all make our choices and pass our judgment depending on our past experience. For me, it’s a nice take on a good idea. For you? Well, who knows.
The entry-level Swiss watchmaking brand has recently updated its Hampton collection of rectangular timepieces. Among the new set of models is the hand-wound Baume & Mercier Hampton Small Seconds (ref. MOA10033 aka 10033). It is presented in a slim rose gold body that measures less than eleven millimeters from nicely curved top to flat bottom.