You may expect on something dressier like that to see brightly colored polished hands – and that I can see the appeal. After having the blued hands in sight, even however, I think they work quite nicely. For starters, it creates a crisp contrast to the white of the dial, making for easy readability. The coloration can also be somewhat shifty. By this, I mean it may seem a glowing blue in 1 light, then shift into an almost-black color (and it seems darker in the majority of these photographs), which again speaks to some dressier piece.On the wrist, the 68g Baume & Mercier Hampton was a treat. Take special note of that burden, as that’s merely about a featherweight when it has to do with automatics (or, possibly, I am just too used to steel dive watches). While the instance back isn’t curved at all, I found the match in my wrist to be great. The alligator strap included some additional texture into the watch, and the signed deployant clasp worked well, and I didn’t have any difficulties with it digging in my wrist once I had matters sized, which I appreciate. That’s something I have noticed is a larger problem when you’ve got a deployant on a strap – it may end up adding unnecessary mass, which ends up digging into your skin. Here, I didn’t have that issue, thankfully.Coming in at an asking price of $2,650, the Baume & Mercier Hampton is a strong small luxury dress watch. I think the one we reviewed with the blue handset has become the most flexible, as you could easily swap into a brown strap onto this and have a more casual look, giving it more flexibility. Obviously, you could also decide on a version that comes on the brown strap (in either an automatic or a quartz – the quartz model dropping the cost $1100). While apparel watch purists may not agree with me, I really do think that the Baume & Mercier Hampton is a great art deco inspired apparel watch prepared to have the office or a night out with a tux.
Baume & Mercier introduces a new chronograph inspired by the legendary “Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé”, probably the most iconic car in American motorsports. In celebration of its legacy, Peter Brock personally joined with Baume & Mercier’s Design Director Alexandre Peraldi to create a collection that sets a new standard in style and presence. The chronograph is limited to 196 pieces.