For those of you who are unaware, normally, Baume & Mercier is the brand within the Richemont group that is considered a value or entry level price point for luxury watches. Over the years they have made some exceptional watches at somewhat affordable prices.
They just released a watch Inspired by a 1948 mono-pusher chronograph, this watch was created specially to honor the fifth edition of the legendary Passione Engadina rally in Italy.
Lets me start out by saying this is a very handsome and sophisticated chronograph timepiece. It has great contrast and looks very rich in it’s construction and design. There are only 199 pieces made for the world.
The case is 44mm in stainless steel with a white dial and black Arabic numerals. It’s very clean. The chronograph subdials are displaced at the three o’clock and nine o’clock position. The three o’clock position subdial hand is red and the minute counter of the chronograph while the nine o clock position subdial hand is blue and the seconds hand of the watch. The main chronograph register hand is in red .
The movement is the Swiss automatic La Joux-Perret caliber 8147-2 with 25 jewels, 28, 800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours. It features a flyback chronograph complication. It’s fitted on a black alligator leather strap with red rubber lining, red contrast stitching and a steel Ardillon buckle.
The annoying part for me is the price tag. Granted it’s numbered and limited and has a flyback function but this is not an in house movement and it’s not like it’s a JLC, Vacheron or even a Minerva movement. The price Tag is 7,800 Swiss Francs which is about $8,000! There are many other watches I would rather have for $8000. For that price you could have a first generation Tudor Black Bay Black and a NEW IWC Mark XVIII at retail and still have over $600 left to play with.