The elegant gown watches of Baume & Mercier’s Hampton assortment are all about Artwork Deco. Born within the early half of the twentieth century, they’ve been a signature of the Geneva-based model for many years. At this 12 months’s Watches & Wonders, some notably refined additions – each mechanical and quartz – outfitted with mesh bracelets have been introduced. Machining lengthy strands of metal right into a skillful weave is an knowledgeable Italian method that dates again to the seventeenth century. Nevertheless, it was actually in the course of the Nineteen Fifties that Milano mesh watch straps got here into their very own. The lengthy, affected person work of goldsmiths on this superb metallic weave, which is articulated proper all the way down to its soldered joint, has introduced it an beautiful suppleness and luxury, and is seen as soon as extra in these newest watches from Baume & Mercier.
Among the many line-up for 2022, is that this this Hampton Medium (M0A10672) that delights with an opaline and grained silver dial. Its riveted black ruthenium Arabic numerals and indexes spotlight the classic character. The black ruthenium “glaive” arms gracefully sweep alongside the fragile black-and-gray minute observe.
The sapphire case again reveals stunning decorations of the motion based mostly on ETA 2671, corresponding to circular-grained bridges, a sand-blasted and snailed baseplate, and Geneva Waves and nailing on the oscillating weight. The stainless steel timepiece has a diameter of 43 by 27.5mm and a top of 9.95mm. It retails for $2,800.
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