Baume & Mercier Capeland 10065
Baume & Mercier has come out with all cylinders firing with their updated version of the Capeland Chronograph. The major difference between the two models is in this year’s version the Flyback function on the chronograph has been omitted. This has resulted in a slightly thinner version of the Capeland Chrono. The watch still retains its striking aesthetics which has placed it on the lips of both serious watch collectors and newbies alike.
The 10065 is molded from quality, hypoallergenic stainless steel. This makes the Capeland Chrono ideally suited to be worn by even the most sensitive of skin types. The steel is polished to a lustrous finish, while the lugs are satin finished for contrast. This watch features case dimensions of 44mm which is considered to be oversized, and 14.9mm for the case height. The single tiered bezel holds a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The case back also features a scratch resistant sapphire crystal where the movement can be observed. The prominent main crown is ridged for easy adjustments to the time and date.
The movement inside this piece is Swiss made self-winding and it carries a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound. The balance wheel beats at a constant 28,800 VpH which is considered to be the best of both worlds for precision and durability. The oscillating rotor is decorated with Cotes de Genève making for a truly attractive timepiece from all angles.
The dial on this model is blue and it features two outer graduated scales – a Telemeter and a Tachymeter, which both function with the help of the chronograph. The Telemeter is highlighted with a black ring and red markings. A Telemeter is used to determine the relative distance using the speeds of light and sound. This complication was quite prevalent in WWI where sides could judge the distance of the opposition via the difference in time from when they saw the cannon fire to when they heard the noise of the cannon. A Tachymeter is used to measure mean speed over a given distance. This complication is still used today in competitive racing.
The dial carries white Arabic numerals as the hour markers and leaf shaped hands indicating the hours and minutes. The true seconds subdial is located at the 9 position, whereas the chronograph minutes and hours totalizers can be found at the 3 and 6 positions respectively. The subdials all carry black borders for perfect legibility. The chronograph seconds is displayed using a red tipped central hand. All of the indicators on this model are coated with Super-LumiNova for optimal nighttime readability. There is a date aperture at the 4:30 position.
The 10065 uses a large square scaled, black Alligator leather strap which features white contrast stitching giving this piece a sporty and chic aesthetic. Securing this watch is a triple deployant clasp also crafted from stainless steel. The Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph 10065 is water resistant to 50 meters or 165 feet, making this watch perfect for daily wear. This model retails for $4,350 worldwide.