As partners of automobile manufacturers, events or racing teams, watch brands outdo each other in seeking imaginative ways of bringing to the wrist the spirit of major competitions and the style of legendary cars.
The movement featured here is the lasting Valjoux 7753 that offers a sufficient 48-hour power book. The 7753 is visible through the case back through another sapphire crystal and beats at 28,800vph. This is the same movement as was housed in the previous Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition watches, and while the 7753 may not be the prettiest of movements, you aren’t necessarily buying this watch for your case-back. You’re purchasing this watch for its sporty design and racing heritage it’s intended to honor.Each of the four Baume & Mercier Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby Cobra watches is limited to a 15-piece run and will be available only in North America at the Feldmar Watch Company in Los Angeles, CA, and Celebrities D’Oro at Las Vegas, NV, starting in October 2016. When it comes to dress watches, it looks like purists seem to favor a smaller (typically round) black dial with a simple two-hander movement. While I love a fantastic dress watch, I am more than prepared to deviate from the “black tie” normal, since it’s handy to mix up things now and again. For example, I actually prefer a white dialup, and should you swap that situation shape out to some compact rectangle, you have what we’re looking at today — that the Baume & Mercier Hampton.And a streamlined case it is, measuring in at 42.6mm x 29.2mm, with a case thickness of 8.1mm. That said, that depth measurement might be somewhat misleading, due to one of those very unexpected (but pleasant) surprises using all the Baume & Mercier Hampton, it’s sapphire crystal. You see, its a thicker crystal, curved from top to bottom. You might be thinking, well, what’s so special about that? You may actually see a massive part of the curve due to how the situation sides scoop down out of it. Does this provide you with a view of the crystal, but it keeps the faces of the watch from seeming to be too thick.
Graham Silverstone RS GMT : CHF 9,200.–
Equipped with a 24-hour dual-time display appearing on the graduated ceramic bezel, this limited series is also the official watch of the highly regarded and typically Swiss Gurnigel hill-climb road race !
Silverstone RS GMT © Graham
The final result? In theory, a more, inherently secure chronometric functionality and greater long-term precision. Granted, we’ll have to withhold judgement until we have examined one in the real world. But for now, it’s interesting to see an increasing number of brands go from Nivarox (and by extension, the Swatch Group), instead deciding to develop proprietary technologies as a way to compete. Despite being the oldest adage in the novel, it’s also the most intriguing expression to watch firsthand — innovate or perish, right?n accession to the distinctive hairspring, the 18-jeweled, hand-cranked BM12-1975M movement itself hums along in a familiar 4Hz over the course of its generous power book of around 90 hours. Nicely finished with heavy Geneva stripes, blued screws, and circular graining all visible beneath the exhibition caseback, the motion itself can be adjusted in five positions for accuracy.The 18k red gold case of this Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 watch is 42mm wide and 8.9mm thin, with a water-resistance rating of 50m, and it includes a black aligator strap. The reference M0A10359 Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is available today, even though it’s being made in very small quantities, apparently just sold in Europe, and is retailing for a cost of $12,045. An extension of the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra watches we covered here, these bits were created with specific motorists’ heritages in mind and provide all the super-charged aesthetics which we have seen so far from this team-up. Let’s take a moment to see what’s different this time around.
Initially a small double-digit gathering of family and friends who ride and surf together, it has since become an annual migration of motorcyclists and surfers to the amounts surpassing 10,000 attendees, completely open to the general public. It is a tired little wild west, Cowboys and Indians-like beach town consisting of a skate park, two bars, three cafes, plus a well-known taco store serving up tasty smoked albacore tacos. Unveiled at the event was the Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Indian Burt Munro limited edition watch.Indian Motorcycle, established in 1901, is the oldest American motorcycle brand and Burt Munro contributed hugely to American motorcycling by assisting define its culture and mechanical invention together with establishing a land speed record in 1967 in an Indian Motorcycle. Baume and Indian both referenced the long parallel and tradition of timepieces and motorsports; both embodying the DNA of technology advancements as well as the pursuit of performance.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra : CHF 7,650.–
The latest creation from Baume & Mercier and Caroll Shelby evokes the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. This titanium and steel chronograph is making a noteworthy first incursion into the Clifton collection.
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra © Baume & Mercier
Bell & Ross BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary : CHF 3,900.–
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its partner Renault Sport’s first appearance in the world of Formula 1 motor racing, Bell & Ross has developed a model inspired by the 1977 single-seater R.S. 01, a steel chronograph with a resolutely vintage style.
BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary © Bell & Ross
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport : CHF 11,900.–
The Octo Maserati 2017 models display jumping hours and retrograde minutes with all the clarity of a dashboard. For fans of the super-sporty brand with the trident emblem : a black DLC-treated GranSport model.
As Baume & Mercier’s signature semi-casual apparel watch, the resourceful Clifton is able to play host to a pretty vast array of complications — all from easy GMT and moonphase displays, to endless calendars and this crazy minute-repeating pocket watch. So it should come as little surprise that for 2017, as in years’ past, the entry-level Richmont manufacturer is leaning on the Clifton’s versatility to showcase their latest technologies: an in-house manufactured manual-winding movement outfitted with a distinctive system designed to boost accuracy.The Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is the very first Richemont set watch to deploy this new tech, called TwinSpir, which will be based around a new kind of proprietary ion hairspring developed by the Richemont Research & Innovation team. This new spring is comprised of a unique, composite structure that combines two layers of silicon, alternatively oriented and jumped through a layer of carbon dioxide. The goal was to produce a hairspring which wasn’t only resistant to the usual effects — rust, magnetism, etc., but one that was also largely resistant to changes in temperature and infinitesimal variances in tension while it oscillates.Now, phoning TwinSpir the foundation for a thermocompensated mechanical motion would be something of a gross oversimplification, however this is not far from the assumption, either. But, rather than consciously correct for changes in temperatures, this system mutes them. For instance, in which a normal hairspring might show varying degrees of elasticity (and thereby subtly differing oscillation speeds) on the wrist on a warm afternoon, vs. sitting on a bedside table, the fundamental assumption of TwinSpir is to make a more consistently secure hairspring that’s mostly immune from these thermoelastic variances whatever the watch’s ambient temperatures. Additionally, since the hairspring expands and contracts through its typical oscillations, the layered structure was made to create a perfectly and more consistent oscillation, eliminating any subtle flaws in elasticity (or even “elastic anisotropies”) that would also adversely affect the chronometric rate — a known performance characteristic exhibited by many traditional hairsprings.
Octo Maserati GranSport © Bulgari
Singer Reimagined Singer Track 1 : CHF 42,985.–
The young watch brand named Singer Reimagined, a subsidiary of Singer Vehicle Design, chose the Monterey Car Week 2017 for the first presentation in the United States of its revolutionary Track 1 chronograph.
The McCall’s Annual Motorworks Revival serves to kick off the Monterey Car Week which sees thousands of engine enthusiasts gather annually for vintage automobile auctions and rushing at the famous Laguna Seca Raceway. What exactly makes these versions unique? Each of those four Baume & Mercier Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby Cobra watches feature a daring 44mm case size and you will find just two different substance variances in both stainless steel or ADLC-steel for a smokier, glossy finish. Still current under the sapphire crystal, of course, is the tachymeter round the dial, and naturally there’s the cobra emblem forged right into the moments hand’s counterweight to remind you it means business. Along with this amount, each of those four pieces have been dressed in similar aesthetics of their winning cars.No. 15 includes a hot-yellow take on the tachymeter dial using a yellow-lined black alligator-leather strap as well as the seconds hand is yellowish for this model. No. 97 also features a yellow cobra seconds hand and pairs the watch with a slick black rubber strap. No. 97 and 96 include the stainless steel casings using No. 96 having the loudest of the straps, a vibrant yellow alligator leather strap with black stitching and lining. Just a little something for everybody’s tastes with these models.
Singer Track 1 © Singer Reimagined
If this was an invitation only watch event, it would play out as such: Maximillian Busser and Friends would arrange a private gathering at Lake Geneva together with the top watch influencers to discuss the state of the watch business, have a “watch show” full of one-off collectibles, also, importantly, drink copious amounts of “warm” beer with a side of gloating to help wash it all down. Some of the invitees are Andreas Strehler, Kari Voutilainen, Roger W. Smith, and Vianney Halter, as headliners. Richard Mille, De Bethune, Ressence, and HYT would represent a number of those innovative watch companies to pop up with all showcases. Last, Bamford Watch Department and Motorcity Watchworks would round out the modifiers segment, bringing with them a group of DLC coated, mil-spec sailors and custom altered watches, which have become very common in recent years.Uber-geeky “watch races” would be held; Chronometre Classic (best timekeeping watch), Chronograph Drags (most accurate time cease), Chronograph Drags (Vintage Class) along with the all too famous Redline Renegades Race (fastest VPH). The bonus round would be the Deep Dive Sprint (most water and pressure resistance). Completing the festivities would be a “watch show” along with a tribute movie of the late George Daniels. Obviously, Baume et Mercier would be the title sponsor of this shindig with everyone riding in on Indian Motorcycles.
Montblanc Time Walker Chronograph 117051 : CHF 19,900.–
At the Festival of Speed de Goodwood 2017, of which it has become official timekeeper, Montblanc presented a chic new pink gold model : the Time Walker Chronopraph Automatic.
Time Walker Chronograph 117051 © Montblanc
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranLusso : CHF 28,900.–
Parternsing Maserati since 2012, Bulgari has unveiled the latest fruits of their cooperation at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In this GranLusso version, the Octo Maserati appears clothed in pink gold.
As Baume & Mercier’s signature semi-casual dress watch, the classically resourceful Clifton can play host to a fairly vast array of complications — all from easy GMT and moonphase screens, to perpetual calendars and this wild minute-repeating pocket watch. So it should come as little surprise for 2017, as in years’ past, the entry-level Richmont brand is leaning on the Clifton’s versatility to showcase their latest technologies: an in-house made manual-winding movement outfitted with an exclusive system designed to enhance accuracy.The Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is the first Richemont set watch to deploy this new technician, known as TwinSpir, which is centered around a new type of proprietary ion hairspring developed by the Richemont Research & Innovation team. This new spring is comprised of a distinctive, composite structure that unites two layers of silicon, rather oriented and jumped through a coating of silicon dioxide. The aim was to produce a hairspring which wasn’t only resistant to the usual consequences — corrosion, magnetism, etc., but one which was also largely immune to changes in temperature and infinitesimal variances in pressure while it oscillates.Now, calling TwinSpir the basis for a thermocompensated mechanical movement would be something of a gross oversimplification, however this isn’t far from the assumption, either. However, rather than actively adjust for changes in temperature, this system mutes them. For example, where a typical hairspring might show varying degrees of elasticity (and thereby subtly differing oscillation rates) on the wrist on a warm afternoon, vs. sitting on a bedside table, the fundamental assumption of TwinSpir is to make a more consistently secure hairspring that is largely immune from these types of thermoelastic variances whatever the watch’s ambient temperatures. Additionally, as the hairspring contracts and expands through its normal oscillations, the layered structure was made to make a perfectly and more consistent oscillation, removing any subtle irregularities in elasticity (or “elastic anisotropies”) that will also adversely affect the chronometric rate — a known performance trait exhibited by many traditional hairsprings.
Octo Maserati GranLusso © Bulgari
Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 : CHF 5,340.–
Timekeeper and Official Partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari, Eberhard & Co. seized the opportunity of the opening cocktail to present its latest creations, notably including the Chrono4 130 introduced to mark its 130th anniversary.
Chrono 4 130 © Eberhard & Co.
The movement featured here is the durable Valjoux 7753 that offers a sufficient 48-hour electricity book. The 7753 is observable through the case back through a different sapphire crystal and defeats at 28,800vph. This is the identical movement as was housed in the previous Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition watches, and while the 7753 may not be the prettiest of movements, you aren’t necessarily buying this watch to get your case-back. You’re purchasing this watch to get the sporty design and racing legacy it’s meant to honor.Each of the four Baume & Mercier Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby Cobra watches is restricted to some 15-piece run and will be available exclusively in North America at the Feldmar Watch Company in Los Angeles, CA, and Ca D’Oro in Las Vegas, NV, beginning in October 2016. If it comes to dress watches, it seems that purists appear to prefer a smaller (typically round) black dial using a straightforward two-hander movement. While I love a fantastic dress watch, I am more than prepared to detract from the “black tie” standard, as it is handy to mix up things now and again. For example, I actually favor a white dialup, and if you swap this situation shape outside to a compact rectangle, you have what we’re taking a look at now — that the Baume & Mercier Hampton.And a streamlined case it’s, measuring in at 42.6mm x 29.2mm, with a case thickness of 8.1mm. That said, that depth dimension may be a bit misleading, due to among the very sudden (but pleasant) surprises with all the Baume & Mercier Hampton, it is sapphire crystal. You see, its milder crystal, curved from top to bottom. You could be thinking, well, what is so special about that? You can actually observe a large part of this curve because of how the case sides scoop down out of it. Does this provide you with an opinion of the crystal, it retains the sides of the watch out of appearing to be too thick.