WOTY 2012: Mechanical – Baume & Mercier Capeland

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Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2012 – the 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

Now we are showcasing a watch a day that made the cut in 2012 with today dedicated to this smart Capeland, part of Baume & Mercier’s re-launched collections.

Highly Commended Mechanical Watch of the Year – Baume & Mercier Capeland 10068

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For 2012 Baume & Mercier unveiled several updates to its Capeland line but it was the 10068 with a new black dial, larger case size and open caseback that caught the eye of WatchPro; the Capeland is a watch that those in know appreciate.

This flyback chronograph has a self-winding La Joux-Perret 8147-2 calibre that enables the wearer to switch between chronograph readings at the single press of a pushpiece.

It has a power reserve of 48 hours, while its oscillating weight – visible through the open caseback – is beautifully decorated with Côtes de Genève and a snailed decal.

The black opaline dial adds a vintage, aviation-style appeal, complemented by the Breguet-style hands. The watch’s functions – the flyback chronograph, tachymeter, telemeter and date – round this up to be a wearable, appealing watch from a brand that has taken pains in recent years to strip back its lines and start a fresh on a new trajectory.

 

 

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