So far, the beautiful 2014 Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date Automatic, a new addition to the growing Clifton collection, 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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‘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.
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.
Now presented in another, even more expensive combination of materials, the updated Baume & Mercier Two-Tone Linea 10073 combines solid 18-karat rose gold and high-grade stainless steel.
The vintage-styled Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph (refs. M0A10006 & M0A10007) collection from the Swiss-based watchmaking brand is a modern re-interpretation of the classic “monopusher” design from 1948. I am positive that this version of the Capeland will appeal to many representatives of the generation of baby boomers looking for a nice “classic” chronograph at a relatively affordable price. What could be even more exciting (for the brand,) there is a good chance that some of the brand’s younger customers would want one of these timekeepers, too, thanks for its impeccable finish, elegant exterior design and, of course, good mechanism made by La Joux-Perret: the brand’s new source of mechanical calibers.
Right in time for the holiday shopping season, Baume & Mercier will hit the stores with a new limited-edition William Baume Jumping Hour (ref. M0A08857, also known as ref. 8857). It is what it is: a dressy automatic watch featuring a not so common jumping hour complication. What’s even more exciting about this timepiece is that this is a true limited-edition model: with just a handful of individually numbered devices to ever be released, there is a good chance that it will become a rarity in no time at all.
With its Classima Executives Magnum XXL Chronograph (ref. M0A08852, but you may also find it listed simply as ref. 8852), Baume & Mercier introduces its yet another timepiece that, even despite its dressy and elegant looks (at least, for a sporty chronograph that can be actually used for some light sports activity) and a great chronograph caliber that ticks inside its moderately-sized steel case, somehow lacks a face of its own.
Inspired by the legendary Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, the Baume & Mercier Riviera Magnum XXL (ref. 8835 aka MOA08835) is a relatively affordable piece of gadgetry for those not willing to spend a fortune on the real thing (or, as I think I need to add after meditating a minute or two on the subject sometime after this brief review was already published, it is not fair to use such a degrading combination of words as “a real thing” implying that this one is just a shameless ripoff: I think of it as more of an “homage” to the famous ROO, which is one of the best forms of flattery if you want my opinion.)
Baume et Mercier will soon start selling its limited-edition William Baume Monopusher Chronograph (ref. M0A08802). The new model will be produced in a small lot of only 20 units. Although not as high-ranked in terms of brand value as Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre or even IWC, Baume amp; Mercier nevertheless enjoys a good reputation as a serious watchmaker that sells a high-quality product, which is not only finely crafted but is also a great pleasure to look at.