If you are looking for dressy, yet elegant timepiece, then you might consider buying one of these two Baume & Mercier’s models. Each of these Classima pieces is powered by a thin self-winding movement which is visible either on its dial through two cutouts, or through its transparent case back.
Each of these two models is housed in an elegant round case with the diameter of 42 mm. The mid-sized case is crafted from polished stainless steel and incorporates a thin fixed bezel. Since it is only 9.5 mm thick, you can easily leave the watch under the shirt sleeve. On the right side of the case, there is a screw-in crown with a Greek letter Phi on its tip, as a symbol of balance and perfection.
The case is protected on both sides with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals and it is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet). The watch has a see through sapphire glass case back where you can take a glimpse into the fascinating inner workings of the watch’s automatic movement.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a highly-legible and well-balanced dial. In my opinion, the most striking feature is the opening on the dial at the 12 o’clock position where you can also see a little bit of its devoted mechanism, or to be precise, its balance wheel.
The heart of the watch is a self winding Caliber 2824-BV automatic movement. Powered by the motion of your wrist, this Swiss made mechanism is built on 25 jewels and provides full 42 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Its opaline silver-colored dial features blued stainless steel hands, silver indices, a symbol PHI at the 12 o’clock position as the visual brand’s emblem, and Roman numerals at the quarter hour. The central part of the dial boasts a line guilloché decor, whilst a 60 minutes scale nicely rounds the dial surface.
For those who prefer watches with comfortable wristlet, I recommend the model with the referent number 8688. This Classima timepiece is attached to the wearer’s wrist with a dark brown leather strap with a crocodile pattern fitted to an adjustable triple folding buckle. If you are a bracelets’ fan, then the perfect choice for you might be a model with the reference 8833 which comes with an elegant stainless steel bracelet that combines polished and satin finished surfaces. The stylish bracelet ends with a triple folding security clasp.
Each of these two traditional-looking pieces comes with the retail price of approximately $3,000.