SIHH 2011 Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph
February 11, 2011
This was a big year for Richemont brand, Baume & Mercier, as they introduced quite a few new models, and redesigned many of their current collections. The biggest announcement for their men's watches, though, was the introduction of a totally new Capeland Flyback Chronograph.
To celebrate their new timepieces and new look, the Baume & Mercier booth was decorated to look like a beach house in the Hamptons, and they even painted one of the main walls to look like a beach, and on the opening day, immediately following the show, they threw a big Hampton's style party. Celebrities, super models and a number of other distinguished guests, including international watch retailers, press and friends of the brands were in attendance.
The new Capeland chronograph comes in either a steel or 18k red gold case that measures 44 mm in diameter and 16.5 mm thick. Inside, is a La Joux-Perret automatic bi-compax chronograph movement with flyback and date. The movement runs at 28,800 vph (4Hz), has 27 jewels and a power-reserve of 48-hours The dial has a vintage theme with blued or gilt Breguet style hands. A telemeter and tachymeter scale are printed on the dial, which add to the overall retro theme.
The movement is visible through an exhibition caseback and features the traditional upgrades, such a blued steel screws, and perlage for the base plate and bridges. The rotor is engraved with the PHI symbol and features a Côtes de Genève and snailed decor finish.
The strap is comes in alligator leather with a pin buckle (matched to the case material). Water-resistance in 50 meters.
Retail $7,000 (Steel), $18,000 (18k red gold)