A Swiss manufacturer, Baume & Mercier, started the year with several novelties. The latest luxury models offered by this brand are designed for easy daily wear, and with elegant two-toned dials and charming straps or bracelets, they bring sophisticated flair that everyone will love.
The new Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph Watch is housed in a round stainless steel case with the diameter of 44mm in addition to the existing 42mm model. The only thing I do not like is the thickness of the watch. Considering the fact that it is almost 15 mm (14.9 mm) thick, it can be a little bit annoying when you are trying to unbutton the cuff to check the time. On the right side of the case, there is a screw down crown and two retro-looking chronograph push buttons.
The oversized case is coated on both sides by sapphire crystals and it is constructed to resist water pressure up to 50 meters (165 feet). This year’s Capeland Chronograph has a sapphire crystal case back that reveals a decorated oscillating weight with PHI symbol which is the brand’s emblem, as well as a symbol of balance and perfection.
The mechanism is an automatic La Joux-Perret Caliber 8120 chronograph movement which provides the usual set of functions with additional chronograph, tachymeter, telemeter and date functionality.
The Swiss-based manufacturer, Baume & Mercier, offers two different bicolor dial combinations. The first one is a silver-colored dial with a blue telemeter, while the second one is a more contemporary combination which brings trendy blue and black colors in response to the increased demand in men’s wristwatches for blue. Both dials comprise three sub-dials set traditionally for Capeland chronographs at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions.
A leaf-styled hour and minute hands are coated with Superluminova for best visibility in all kinds of lightening conditions. A date window is situated between 4 and 5 o’clock positions. A tachymeter scale set at the outer rim serves for measuring speed according to distance, while a very interesting and rarely used telemeter scale preserves the approximate measuring of the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard. Using the speed of sound, one is able to track the distance by starting the chronograph at the moment the event is seen, as well as by stopping it at the moment the event is heard.
The Swiss watchmaker also offered two types of wristlets. Three Capeland Chronographs are attached to comfortable alligator leather straps ending with adjustable triple folding security buckles and you can choose among blue, black and brown colored straps (their referent numbers are 10063, 10065 and 10067).
Two other models are secured to the wearer’s wrist with polished and satin-finished stainless steel bracelets fitted with triple folding security clasps. If you fancy an elegant silver-colored dial, the perfect choice for you will be the model with the reference 10064, while the version with the referent number 10066 is for those who like modern blue dial surfaces.