The motion featured here’s your lasting Valjoux 7753 that offers a sufficient 48-hour electricity reserve. The 7753 is observable through the case back through a different sapphire crystal and defeats at 28,800vph. This is the identical movement as was housed in the previous Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition watches, and while the 7753 might not be the prettiest of motions, you are not always buying this watch for your case-back. You are purchasing this watch for the sporty design and racing heritage it is intended to honor.Each of the four Baume & Mercier Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby Cobra watches is restricted to some 15-piece run and will be available exclusively in North America at the Feldmar Watch Company in Los Angeles, CA, and Ca D’Oro in Las Vegas, NV, beginning in October 2016. Pricing is $4,850. If it comes to dress watches, it seems that purists seem to favor a smaller (generally round) black dial with a simple two-hander movement. While I appreciate a good dress watch, I’m more than prepared to detract from the “black tie” normal, since it’s handy to mix things up now and again. For instance, I really prefer a white dialup, and if you swap that situation shape out to some compact rectangle, you have what we’re taking a look at now — that the Baume & Mercier Hampton.And a compact case it’s, measuring in at 42.6mm x 29.2mm, using an instance thickness of 8.1mm. That said, that depth measurement might be a bit misleading, because of one of those very sudden (but pleasant) surprises using all the Baume & Mercier Hampton, it is sapphire crystal. You could be thinking, well, what is so special about that? You can actually see a large part of this curve because of how the case sides scoop down out of it. Not only does this give you a view of the crystal, but it keeps the sides of the watch out of seeming to be overly thick.
Unusual amongst all the brands that exhibited at SIHH 2016 is Baume & Mercier for the sole reason that it is a brand focused on affordable watches, though more competition is up ahead as fellow SIHH brands reposition their wares in response to the market. The new additions to Baume & Mercier’s collection of men’s watches for the year were all chronographs and remain accessibly priced.
The Capeland Shelby Cobra “Spirit of Competition” is the second limited edition dedicated to the AC Cobra, the 1960s British racing car with an American engine often named after its creator Carroll Shelby. Available in two versions (polished steel or diamond-like carbon coated steel), both limited to 1963 pieces, the Capeland Shelby Cobra has the same 44 mm case as the ordinary Capeland chronograph.
|The pump-style pushers add to the automotive look|
What sets it apart is the dial design, which naturally includes several automotive racing elements like the subtle horizontal racing stripes running across the dial from four to eight o’clock. And more obviously, the counterweight of the seconds hand is shaped like a cobra.
|The “15” on the back refers to the race number of the Shelby Cobra of 1963|
The movement inside is the Valjoux 7750, a no-frills solid performer. Prices are not yet available, but expect this to be about US$4500.
The Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar is a watch that offers a complicated look for a relatively inexpensive price. It’s an automatic chronograph with a triple calendar (meaning the day, date, month and moon phase).
The layout of the dial is a dead giveaway as to the movement inside, which is a variant of the Valjoux 7750, the same robust automatic movement found inside the Shelby Cobra limited edition. Despite the many displays on the dial, everything is sensibly laid out and easy enough to read.
Available in steel or steel with a red gold bezel, the case is 43 mm in diameter, though relatively thick as a consequence of the movement. A detail that raises the feel of quality of the case is the wide, polished bevel running along its length.
This will start at about US$5000 for the stainless steel version on a leather strap, climbing to about US$5500 for the model with a gold bezel.
Stayed tuned for more personal perspectives on the other brands at SIHH 2016 to come over the following days. Links to the rest of our SIHH reports below.
A. Lange & Söhne
Baume & Mercier
Van Cleef & Arpels