Baume&Mercier Capeland Watches Review: Chronograph, Two Tone
Baume Mercier Capeland watches provide a solid sports chronograph alternative to the avant-guard Riviera. Angular design, though popularized by such brands as Audemars Piguet and Corum, can be seen as too striking by customers preferring a strictly professional understated look.
The perfectly round shape of Capeland, and its outward resemblance to the Phi logo – a feature also evident in the traditional Classima collection, but in a more filigree execution) – contribute to a direct, muscular look that's nevertheless polished enough to hold its own in a casual or even formal setting. Other notable design features include the unusually massive sword-type hands, and the large painted, slightly scrolled Arabic numerals on some of the dials.
The caliber range in this line is not limited to chronographs: automatic movements with a small seconds hand, left-handed pieces, and quartz mechanisms broaden the selection, both in men's and women's watches.
This category comprises the main branch of Capeland collection. It accords well with the overall thick, robust design, revealing the purpose of each piece as that of a universal sports timekeeper – 200 meter water resistance, screw down protected crown, and unidirectional rotating bezel render it as effective in aquatic environment as on land.
Chronographs usually opt for luminescent markers rather than numerals, a type of grid that will appeal to wearers who prefer intuitive, not literal time reading. Numbers appearing on the bezel provide an outer visual anchor that complements this configuration.
Though a sports utility line, Capeland is not without its dressy items. Two-tone variations include gold tone threads woven into the stainless steel bracelets, and matching inlays on the bezel and dial; the medium size of these watches makes them especially suitable for the ladies.
Leather straps add a different color to the design, lending it a warmer, quieter touch – and a sense of tradition that's once again brings to mind Classima Executives.
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