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Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA 10063
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Angus Davies reviews the Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA 10063, a watch featuring a chronograph.
The offer came out of the blue. Would I like to wear a watch for a month and comment on it for ESCAPEMENT? With a rapier response, I replied in the affirmative and a new timepiece was to be mine, albeit only for a month.
The Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA 10063 caught my attention whilst in Geneva earlier this year at SIHH. It is a new model from the maison whose history dates back to 1830 in the Jura Mountains.
The case of this model is 2mm larger than the 2011 model, and is now 44 mm in diameter. The larger proportions strike a happy balance between legibility and comfort on the wrist.
I have previously reviewed a Capeland Flyback MOA 10007, a sublime gold timepiece, but for some possibly above their budget, RSP circa £12,990.
The steel cased chronograph I have been loaned has a more accessible price, at RSP £2,940.
The silver coloured dial is satin-finished.
Subdials are located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. They feature a 30-minute chronograph counter, 12-hour chronograph counter and subsidiary seconds.
Arabic numerals are used to convey information in black text. However, red is used sparingly on the northerly position of each subdial. This provides a delightful divergence from the black tincture of the numerals and markings, which are otherwise ubiquitously featured.
The chapter ring features both a tachymeter scale and telemeter scale, with the latter depicted in blue. Useful tools for those who prefer a slide rule to a calculator. But in my opinion, more importantly they enhance the esthetic excellence of the dial.
The hour and minute hands are of a fairly dark steel and this gives a similar hue to the luxurious alligator strap. The centre of each hand features a green Superluminova finish affording luminescence in fading light.
The chronograph second hand is predominantly black yet tipped with red.
The round case is beautifully proportioned. Baume & Mercier referred to its form as galet shaped. A galet shaped stone is fashioned by the erosion of water, creating a flat surface. As a boy I would have called them, “skimming stones”.
The steel case is highly polished on the bezel and case back. However, the case-band is satin finished. The interhorns (or lugs) are satin finished on the top and sides, but highly polished underneath. The combination of the two finishes is perfectly judged, offering visual interest to its fortuitous owner.
The caseback features a sapphire case back to admire the beautiful movement within.
The crown has a pleasing profile. The knurled grip of its outer edge is slightly spaced away from the case. It facilitates easy winding as the moving fingers are not fouled by the case itself. It is small details like this, that distinguish this watch as a horological thoroughbred.
The Phi symbol features on the vertical plane of the crown, a logo which Baume & Mercier has made its own.
The pushers are highly polished, with a slightly recessed dome to the vertical flanks.
The interhorns are short, neat and elegant in their presentation.
The self-winding movement is a La Joux-Perret 8120. A high quality Swiss movement, displaying expert finishing sometimes absent even on watches costing substantially more.
The resplendent rotor, alluringly adorned with the Côtes de Genève motif, shines with its brilliance. The Phi symbol sits proudly at its centre.
Perlage prettily enhances the bridges and plate
The architecture of this watch is chic, understated, classically refined.
It confers reliable timekeeping in an elegant guise.
This watch is not about conspicuous consumption but quiet enjoyment of a high quality piece of horology.
With competitive pricing, this watch has not eschewed quality. This is a superb Swiss watch.
Shakespeare penned “parting is such sweet sorrow” in Romeo & Juliet. It describes the bitter-sweet moment when Juliet shares her love with Romeo but sadly has to say goodbye.
I am in love with the Capeland enjoying its sojourn on my wrist. It has been an enjoyable experience and one I would care to repeat. My sadness is parting company with a wonderful timepiece which trumps many offerings costing several thousand pounds more.
Farewell my lovely.
- Model: Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA 10063
- Reference: MOA 10063
- Case: stainless steel; diameter 44.00 mm; height 14.90 mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and back.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; subsidiary seconds;date; sweep chronograph seconds; 30-minute chronograph counter; 12-hour chronograph counter.
- La Joux-Perret 8120; self-winding; Frequency 28,800 vph; 25 jewels; Power reserve 48 hours.
- Strap: Blue alligator leather strap with ecru stitching on stainless steel deployant.