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.
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.
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.
The upcoming limited-edition Baume & Mercier Classima Automatic Jumping Hour (ref. MOA10039 aka 10039) is basically a more affordable version of their gorgeous William Baume Jumping Hour (ref. M0A08857) model in 18-karat rose gold that was released just a few weeks ago in an ultra-limited run of just 40 piece. This one, however, is coming in a slightly larger body, featuring a more simple (and also more elegant) decoration of its silver dial, and available in many more examples.
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.