Baume & Mercier the new Capeland 10068


Baume & Mercier the new Capeland 10068

The new Capeland 10068

Character redefined
La Cote des Montres - December 14th, 2011

Easily one of the most charismatic collections, Capeland is a watch that epitomizes seaside living, relaxed lifestyle, authenticity and strength of character. The Capeland, a long-loved line, is inspired by an historic single push-piece chronograph, circa, 1948. It features a curved case back and “chevé” shaped sapphire crystal reminiscent of early 19th century “galet” pocket watches, but updated with bold distinction.

While Capeland has been a much-coveted timepiece, Baume & Mercier nonetheless has found ways to bring the emblematic Capeland watches to even new levels of appeal. Each emblematic Capeland watch houses a top-notch self-winding mechanical movement with the complex flyback chronograph function. The Bi-compax* caliber, manufactured by La Joux Perret, is meticulously finished with blued steel screws and a circular grained finish for the plate and bridges.

The open-worked oscillating weight, adorned with the “Côtes de Genève” design and snailed décor, features the Greek Phi letter as a symbol of balance and perfection. The movement is visible via a transparent sapphire case back.

This year, to complete the Capeland steel emblematic offers, Baume & Mercier brings forth this enticing leader piece. Whereas in the past the steel Capeland emblematic watches had an off-white clear dial, this bold but sleek new piece features a black domed dial with contrasting gilt hands and tachymeter scale. This color combination, along with the light brown alligator with ecru stitching, brings a harmonious, incredibly enhanced look.

The retro appeal of this watch, along with telemeter scale, classic Arabic numerals and “Breguet” type hands, makes it a timeless work of form and function. The ergonomic design offers extreme strap mobility for ultimate wearer comfort.

Available: Spring 2012

* Compax is a registered trademark which does not belong to Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier The new Capeland 10068

Technical specifications

Movement :Manufacture, automatic, (La Joux-Perret 8147-2)
Oscillating weight :Open worked adorned with “Côtes de Genève”,
snailed décor and PHI symbol
Jewels :27
Power reserve :48 hours
Frequency :4Hz
Functions :Flyback chronograph
Case :Round
Diameter:44 mm
Thickness :16.5 mm
Steel :Polished / satin-finished
Crystal :“Chevé” shape sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment
Case back :Sapphire crystal, fixed with 4 screws
Dial :Black, domed
Numerals :Arabic
Hands :Gilt, “Breguet” shape
Bracelet:Light brown alligator, ecru stitching
Buckle :Pin buckle
Water-resistant :50 m (5 ATM)

Delivering spirit and inspirational design codes

in the 2012 new introductions 

As we turn the corner into another new year, Baume & Mercier excellently executes new timepieces to join its dynamic collections. Each Baume & Mercier collection possesses its own lineage and offers immediately distinctive features that tie in with the line’s inspiration. Indeed, thanks to the brand’s generations’ worth of technical knowledge and visionary thinking, each timepiece has special appeal, both inside and out.

The recently re-vamped rectangular-cased Hampton line, inspired by a 1940s historic piece, evokes a sense of relaxed lifestyle with its generous curves, warm tones and ergonomic art deco lines. This collection perhaps most personifies the spirit of its Hamptons namesake: seaside-living at its finest via artistic, elegant design appeal and tradition.

The alluring Capeland collection of “sport-chic” watches recalls the adventurous side of seaside living and offers functions that are important in today’s lifestyles. Inspired by a 1948 single push-piece chronograph, the Capeland line offers retro accents reminiscent of Baume & Mercier’s pedigree. This collection easily tracks speed, distances, varying intervals of time, and other of life’s more active moments.

The iconic Linea new editions of wonderful round and elegantly curved women’s watches with interchangeable bracelets reinforces the brand’s near-century-long legacy of catering to, and fulfilling women’s desires when it comes to mastering time. Available in two sizes, the refined Linea is at once sensual and sincere. Offering versatility that women love, Linea is easily the brand’s foremost statement in a harmonious balance of DNA, heritage and women’s lifestyles today.

The new timepieces being released in 2012 in these three key collections embody the brand’s inspirational design codes, and reflect its inherent spirit of authenticity and sophistication.


The Moment we’ve been waiting for...

Baume & Mercier unveils 2012 watchmaking beauties 

With a 182-year history, Baume & Mercier is steeped with a rich heritage and incredible watchmaking prowess. The brand has long been known for consistently being on the cutting edge – offering innovative thinking, top-quality craftsmanship and timepieces that are truly timeless. This year is no exception.

In fact, Baume & Mercier is now entrenched in an exciting new chapter of global expansion based on the brand’s rich and dynamic territory of seaside living and life’s important moments. Founded on a 360-degree vision representing a consistent, whole-hearted reinforcement of the brand’s core DNA and philosophy, this arena embraces the concept of life’s best times: casual, relaxing moments; family moments; relationships -- all with the alluring backdrop of seaside living at its best. The emotionally impactful campaign captures the essence of sharing, of celebrations and of timelessness – all values of the Baume & Mercier brand since its inception in 1830.

“One cannot help but draw the parallel between the attitude and emotions of seaside living and the passionate philosophy behind Baume & Mercier timepieces,” says Alain Zimmermann, CEO of Baume & Mercier. “Baume & Mercier watches are richly authentic in design and craftsmanship, and exude a sense of relaxed emotional appeal. The newest timepieces making their debut this year spark the imagination of consumers around the world to connect with their own seaside-living type moments and family values, and reinforce the fact that Baume & Mercier is the watch for personal gift for truly defining special moments.”

Indeed, the seaside living idea carries magnificently into 2012, when people everywhere are re-connecting with their emotions, their loved ones and reality. The values of the Hamptons and of Baume & Mercier are inherent in the brand’s powerfully subtle timepieces being released for 2012. The newest pieces bring forth all the trademarks of Baume & Mercier’s new territory. With ergonomic designs, round, curved, casual yet elegant lines and warm earthy tones of drift wood, weathered shingles and shimmering sunshine, the watches embrace a concept of relaxed sophistication; of authenticity and long, coveted heritage. They offer comfort and affordable luxury that easily captures the most important moments forever.

Alexandre Peraldi Interview

Director, Baume & Mercier Design Studio 

Baume & Mercier’s territory – seaside living in the Hamptons –embodies a state of mind, as well as a feeling and picture-postcard-perfect landscapes. How do the new Linea and Capeland watches carry forth this spirit?
Each of these new pieces is an aesthetically beautiful statement. The Linea model embodies elements of relaxed sophistication and a well-adapted lifestyle with its warm tones and versatile interchangeable bracelet system. The Capeland watch has an adventurous soul, especially with the added functions of telemetric and tachometric scales, features that further indicate individualistic spirit and style.

Both watches are inspired by vintage pieces: the Linea by a watch from the late 1980’s and the Capeland by a historic piece from the 1940’s. Why did you select these eras to reinterpret?
First, for the Linea timepiece, the 1980’s was not that long ago, and yet is a time rich with the advancement of women, women’s rights, and of femininity and fashions. It is the perfect era to recall for women of today, women who have come into their own rights as individuals and who know what they want in a timepiece. For the Capeland model, the 1940s recalls a spirit of a return to family values after the war. The desire for form and function in this era made it a desirable time. Bringing these attributes of the era, which are so in line with Baume & Mercier’s core philosophy, to the forefront in a timepiece today makes sense.

You opted to offer the women’s automatic Linea model with both a metal bracelet and satin strap, how do you feel each of these options changes the timepiece?
The metal bracelet is a beautiful, supple bracelet that caresses the wrist. It seems the perfect look for business or weekend sporty chic activities. The alluring satin strap dresses the watch up so it easily goes to boardroom or to evening elegance. Versatility is really important to women and Baume & Mercier addresses that need.

The men’s emblematic Capeland watch remarkably recalls the brand’s storied past. Were you concerned about any risks when you reinterpreted this 1940’s style for modern life?
The most important thing to be aware of when reinterpreting the past for today, is making a watch that will also be timeless tomorrow. We had to be sure the proportions of the case are in keeping with today’s needs and lifestyles, and also that the movement reflect today’s technology.

Can you share a sneak-peek, or other information, on any of the rest of the new 2012 timepieces?
They will further embody the brand’s dynamic spirit, its commitment to capturing special moments, while always recalling a rich heritage.