This is what I would call an intelligent and elegant watch for travelling. I just got these first pictures and want to share them with you …
The new 44 mm Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer is a stunning beautiful watch! But not only this it is also an ideal watch for travelling if you like the idea of a “Unitime” timepiece showing you in parallel all the major 24 time zones. This Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer would not be an ideal watch for travelling if you could not do this: At home you set and synchronize your local time with the 24 hour ring indicating the 24 major time zones. In Austria I would set the watch to “Paris”-time since this is the time zone I life in. The Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer will now e.g. show me 17:00 on the main dial and 5 p.m. at the position of “Paris” on the 24 hour ring. Now I can read the zone time in all the other 23 time zones.
Let´s assume I travel to New York. The time difference is six hours … Arriving ion NYC I just need to pull out the crown in its first position and turn back the hour hand in six one-hour-steps. Now the Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer shows me the correct ime in NYC, the date change will be correct at midnight and the 24 hour ring still indicates me all the corresponding zone times in the other 23 time zones. The point is: When setting the time with the Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer whilst travelling I DO NOT LOOSE my still correct indicated minutes and seconds. This is an essential feature that distinguishes a real watch from a gimmick and/or traveller´s lookalike watch.
To achieve this Baume & Mercier uses the by IWC developed Worldtime module that IWC also uses for its Pilot´s Watch Worldtimer. The only difference is that the module is combined with an ETA automatic movement at IWC and with a Sellita automatic movement at Baume & Mercier.
Let me tell you something: The Sellita is not one iota less good in terms of quality than the ETA. Richemont has installed an own quality management at Sellita called “GranJean” (= reinforced quality criteria). This cell in-between Sellita guarantees the higher Richemont standards. The adjustment of the movement is done with premium norms and the steel ball bearing are replaced by ceramic ball bearing at the automatic winding rotor. This increases the quality of winding and makes the system more resistant against shocks.
What in my eyes is makes the watch very attractive is its fair price. In Austria you pay 6150 Euro including 20 % of VAT for the steel version. Compared to other real worldtimer´s and not the gimmick ones this is not expensive. Even the 18 carat redgold version is not really expensive. In Austria you pay 15.850 Euro including 20 % VAT.
I recommend you to think twice if your intentions are to buy a Worldtimer these days …