Baume & Mercier – Capeland Chronograph & Flyback Chronograph (SIHH 2011)


The memory of a “galet” watch – The inspiration behind the contemporary reinterpretation of this collection is a historic timepiece – a single-push chronograph from 1948. With its “chevé” crystal and domed case back, this watch is a direct reference to the “galet” pocket watches of the early 19th century. Its ergonomic shape, accentuated by the aesthetically symmetric geometry of the top and bottom, is the primary source of inspiration for the design of the Capeland watch.

The suggestive strength of Capeland comes not only from its name. Everything about this watch suggests seaside living: the marked curve of its case back and crystal is an irresistible reminder of the soft contours of a sea-weathered stone. The shape of the horn, both short and elegant, further accentuates the roundness of the case.

Capeland is also distinguished by its two-toned dial, a subtle reminder of a 1950s aesthetic. A highly-accomplished watch, it includes both a tachymeter and a telemeter, while the case is adorned with polished and satined finishes. One further detail, Capeland is water-resistant up to 50 meters.

Watches with a relaxed and contemporary spirit – The heart of the collection, a chronograph for all models, promotes relaxed elegance with a light sporty feel marked by straightforward numerals and a touch of red on the end of the seconds hand and the telemeter. In this spirit, the calfskin strap with light-colored stitching stands out and harmonizes with the trendy color scheme used on the dial: slate gray, anthracite, coppercolored, brown, silver-colored, black and white.

Infinitely comfortable, Capeland perfectly hugs the wrist, an eloquent demonstration of Baume & Mercier’s expertise: a harmony between design and comfort for the wearer.

Spotlight on the emblematic pieces – A point of pride within the Capeland collection, these emblematic watches come equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement with a flyback chronograph function.

This Bi-compax movement, manufactured by Lajoux-Perret, is enriched with blued steel screws and a circular-grained finish for the plate and the bridges. Its sapphire crystal case back enables a view of the oscillating weight engraved with the brand’s emblematic Phi, further adorned with “Côtes de Genève” and snailed décor.

These exceptional watches distinguish themselves by a “chevé” crystal, a domed dial in retro colors, and “Breguet” type hands. Offered in two versions: stainless steel or 18 ct. red gold which shimmers like antique copper, these models come with a dark brown or black alligator skin strap which gives them a final touch of sophistication.

A mastered combination of historical inspiration and the powerful evocation of seaside living, Capeland is already a true Baume & Mercier classic.

Chronograph models

Movement – Automatic (Valjoux 7753).

Functions – Chronograph. Tachymeter. Telemeter. Date.

Case – Round. Diameter: 42 mm. Thickness 15.1 mm. Polished / satin-finished steel. Sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment. Decorated case back, fixed with 6 screws.

Dials – White & snailed silver-colored. Sun satin-finished black & snailed anthracite. Sun satin-finished brown & snailed black. Sun satin-finished slate-gray & snailed anthracite. Sun satin-finished copper-colored & snailed brown. Sun satin-finished & snailed silver-colored. Arabic numerals. Hands with Superluminova.

Water-resistant – 5 ATM (approx. 50 m).

Bracelets – Light brown calfskin. Black calfskin. Dark brown calfskin.

Buckle – Adjustable triple folding buckle.

Flyback Chronograph models

Movement – Manufacture, automatic, (La Joux-Perret 8147-2). Open worked oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed décor and PHI symbol. Jewels 27. Power reserve – 48 hours. Frequency – 4 Hz.

Functions – Flyback chronograph. Tachymeter. Telemeter. Date.

Cases – Round. Diameter 44 mm. Thickness: 16.5 mm. Polished / satin-finished steel. Polished / satin-finished 18K red gold (Red Gold version). “Chevé” shape sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment. Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws.

Dials – Off-white, domed. Ashen, domed (Red Gold version). Arabic numerals. Blued steel hands, “Breguet” shape. Gilt hands, “Breguet” shape (Red Gold version).

Water-resistant – 5 ATM (approx. 50 m).

Bracelets – Black alligator, white stitching. Dark brown alligator, ecru stitching (Red Gold version).

Buckles – Pin buckle. Pin buckle, 18 K red gold (Red Gold version).

Gold weight – 73 gr (Red Gold version).

Source: Baume & Mercier

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