Baume & Mercier Capeland Watch Review

Baume & Mercier Capeland Watch Review

Baume & Mercier Capeland Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Towards the end of high school, I started to discover high-end watches. Little-by-little, I would see things in store windows while strolling through shopping malls or at the watch and jewelry area at Costco. I never went out of my way to look for nice watches, but became intrigued by a few that spoke to me. One of those was a Baume et Mercier Capeland. Back then, the Capeland was a sort of classy and elegant sports watch. There were even a few diver's versions. The modern case was beefy-looking, and I loved the sword-style hands. I wanted one really bad, but it was a few thousand bucks and way, way out of my financial reach at the time. I never got one of those original Capeland models, but I've always remembered them.

A few years later, Baume et Mercier began to change. The brand started to produce solely elegant watches after models like the Capeland, Riviera, and Hampton stopped being part of the collection. Instead, we saw things like the Classima and William Baume ranges. The name of the brand also changed from "Baume et Mercier" to the English "Baume & Mercier," though the website still bears the older name. We then saw the return of the Hampton collection into something still square but more dressy, and finally a new version of the Capeland.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

In the past, we've discussed the "new" Baume & Mercier Capeland collection when they debuted in 2011, and then later in 2012 when some new Capeland models were released. During those discussions we've mentioned a few obvious things. First, that the current Capeland bears little to no relation to the prior Capeland. Also, that the new Capeland collection is about emulating a look inspired by historic watches as it came out during the height of the vintage watch revival.

It is also worth noting that the Capeland comes in at least two dial styles, with two different movement options, and a range of dial colors. There are also strap and bracelet options. Baume & Mercier is meant to be a more mass appeal brand, so each new model has to be a family with a lot of members. What we have here for review is the 44mm wide Capeland ref. 10068. This is toward the top of the line of the Capeland collection, only matched by a version of this model with a solid 18k rose gold case that is more expensive. It is also worth noting, that the 10068 is about 30-40% more expensive than the base level Capeland models... (more »)

8 comments
DangerussArt
DangerussArt

I'm obsessed with the white dialed version that has the blued hands. It's so beautiful. If this were priced about $3K lower (near $4500) I'd own one. I just can't make myself do it at $7500. I suppose my problem is I'd read the lower prices associated with the rest of the Capeland line before this was released, and got all excited about it. Then my AD dropped that $7500 bomb.

It helps that my tastes are all over the place, but when I can get something as nice and visually arresting as a Mido MultiFort Ltd.Ed. Chronograph for $1500 - it gives one pause as to what the extra $6000 buys me.

CG
CG

Just the best it is! Classic, iconic every descriptor known. I remember seeing the same style when growing up in the 50's... Mr. Engel's Watches & Jewelry store on Lackawanna Ave windows so high I had to stand on tip toe to see in, always loved this classic style. Glad to see Capeland staying classic.

phillipchouzenoux
phillipchouzenoux

Ariel Adams I do enjoy your reviews and I must disagree with your fondness for bracelets and having owned 2 Baume et Merciers because Baume and Tissot were my 1st watches Leather epitomizes sophistication even on a Rolex Sub, of course that is a minority opioion in the watch world. I follow your posts every morning and as much as I would like to add my opinion that I will not. I envy your position and respect your views.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Aesthetically, these are pure want. That flat dial with vintage fonts and busy-but-readable telemeter and snailed markings is delicious, and iced perfectly with nice pomme hands. The all-polised case and piston style pushers make for a very well-rounded look - grabs your eye without spitting in it.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

If you want a new watch that looks old this is the one for you B/M do make some good modern watches but I think this one is just a bit over priced

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Thanks for the review Ariel. Sure is vintage looking to my eyes. Is the La Joux-Perret movement a column wheel design or a cam/lever action like the Val Joux 775x movements? I ask as I wonder how the pusher action compares to a 775x (which has a distinctive but not really admired feel).

nateb123
nateb123

@MarkCarson It's a cam action chronograph.  The movement is a variation of a 7750 with a flyback complication added.  It feels like a 7750 too although I have to admit that the pusher feel suits a flyback better than expected.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@nateb123 Thanks Nate. Sort of what I was expecting. But I was hoping for a column wheel with the smooth action associated with them. Plus that would have better justified the price differential over lesser Capelands. Cheers.

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