by Roberta Naas
In the world of diamonds, the 3C’s are the ultimate standard of quality. At Baume & Mercier, its 3 C’s – Clifton, Capeland, Classima — are the epitome of quality, value and elegance. The brand, which dates back to 1830, offers one of the most comprehensive collections of affordable elegance on the market. We here at ATimelyPerspective are particularly fond of the Clifton Collection. This series – based on a 1950’s watch — offers true vintage appeal, with a variety of dial colors (including stunning blue) and simple complexities. The calendar watch is a personal favorite because of the symmetrical balance and harmony of the dial, as well as the useful information. Other versions include moonphase calendars, chronographs and simple three-hands with dates. These automatic-powered watches retail from $2,850 to $14,350 for the gold models.
The Capeland collection of sporty watches is also super intriguing. Inspired by a watch initially launched in 1948, this line runs the gamut from modern looking to truly vintage inspired pieces. The series includes a great 44mm world timer driven by a mechanical self-winding movement that is visible through a sapphire caseback. Also in this collection are distinctive chronographs, including a flyback Chrono with telemeter scale in old-world linear format (driven y a LaJoux Perret mechanical movement) and a more modern chronograph interpretation with tachymeter, telemeter and date functions. The line retails from $4,350 to $21,000 for a solid gold world timer.
The Classima line is one of timeless masculinity. Elegant yet with a little attitude. Among the standouts in this line are the Automatic versions with cut-away apertures at 1200 that enable viewing of a small portion of the movement from the dial side. The watches in this collection retail from $1,650 to $5,750. With these 3Cs, Baume & Mercier has something for every watch loving individual.
Baume & Mercier is now available at Lugaro – Metropolis at Metrotown.