CLASSIMA SPECIAL EDITION
THE CLASSIMA BY BAUME & MERCIER, OR THE ART OF COMBINING WATCH COMPLICATIONS WITH STYLE
With each fine, streamlined, round, elegantly restrained case, the Classima Collection by Baume & Mercier embodies both traditional and contemporary watchmaking. Its pieces are sophisticated and delightful to wear, asserting technical excellence made in Switzerland. From one watch to the next – from self-winding to quartz –, the collection asserts a variety of watch complications and also combines more than one in the same timepiece. Equally imaginative in terms of design, its pieces assert mother-of-pearl white, peacock blue, burgundy, green, and slate gray, alternating – and, in some cases, combining – materials, including gold and steel, leather and fabric.
An ideal holiday gift
Any watch from the creative, versatile Classima Collection makes the perfect Christmas gift because the holiday season is a special time to give something bold and precious to the ones we love. Imagine a Classima for each one, prettily wrapped and delicately placed under the tree. Such a timepiece is an unforgettable present, the guarantee of intense emotion: a declaration that the new models express with generosity and virtuosity.
English elegance adorns the Classima
In December 2022, the collection inaugurated a special edition with a “British” style, borrowing on the fabric of gentleman’s suits to adorn the straps. These fine materials in natural fibers are sourced from Holland & Sherry. The prestigious house, founded in 1836 by Stephen George Holland and Frederick Sherry, opened an establishment on Savile Row – a street in London known for its bespoke tailoring – in 1982. The brand is known for the exceptional quality of its fabrics as well as its tailoring savoir-faire and the excellence of its finishes. It supplies illustrious tailors and Haute Couture houses. Three new timepieces enrich this capsule edition of the Classima. They feature diagonally-lined patterns, exquisite colors, fabric straps, and mixtures of materials that set the tone with absolute elegance, flawlessly embracing the perfect cuts and ideal proportions of design as Baume & Mercier has conceived of them since 1830.
The combination of watch complications and gentlemanly style
These three timepieces assert everyday watch complications with great mastery. Baume & Mercier has gone one step further in animating the Classima Collection. A GMT watch, a watch featuring a visible balance wheel and power reserve, and a skeleton watch with small seconds will thrill as much for their practical use as for their aesthetic appeal.
Self-winding Classima capsule edition, GMT (M0A10734)
Hands that display the hours, minutes, seconds, and the (24-hour) GMT – with the second time zone making a 24-hour rotation – are showcased within an iconic round case in polished stainless steel with a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 8.80 mm. A scratch-proof domed sapphire crystal protects it. The solid case back may be custom-engraved.
Each time display appears harmoniously on the dial to be read in perfect unity while subtly highlighting each specific piece of information through contrasting colors and sizes.
In sun-satin blue, it is enhanced with a black flange and a white minute track and decorated with diagonal stripes evoking fabric patterns. The Arabic numerals and indexes are white. The leaf hands that display the hours, minutes and seconds are rhodium-plated, while the central GMT hand is blue.
The self-winding movement offers a 42-hour power reserve and oscillates at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vph). It is water-resistant to 3 ATM (approximately 30 m).
The watch is mounted on an interchangeable blue Holland & Sherry Super 120 wool strap with colored saddle stitching. It is finished with a stainless steel pin buckle. The strap may be changed without the use of tools thanks to a very reliable spring bar system. A second interchangeable strap in black alligator, featuring a stainless steel pin buckle, is also included. It may also be removed without the need for tools thanks to the very reliable spring bar system.
Self-winding Classima capsule edition, visible balance wheel and power reserve (M0A10718)
This piece features a visually strong design with a sun-satin gray dial decorated with diagonal lines. It forms a backdrop against which the balance wheel and escapement, at 12 o’clock, confront the power reserve indicator, at 6 o’clock. On either side, the hours, minutes and seconds are indicated by Arabic numerals and white indexes, gold-tone leaf hands, and a white-and-gold-tone minute track.
Containing a self-winding movement featuring a 42-hour power reserve and oscillating at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vph), the round case in polished stainless steel has a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 10.1 mm. It is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, as is the case back, which may be engraved. The watch is water-resistant to 3 ATM (approx. 30 m).
The watch is mounted on an interchangeable strap in brown Holland & Sherry Super 120 wool with colored saddle stitching and a stainless steel pin buckle. It is interchangeable without the need for tools thanks to a very reliable spring bar system. An additional interchangeable strap in black alligator with a stainless steel pin buckle is also included, and it also features a very reliable spring bar system that may be changed without the need for tools.
Hand-wound Classima capsule edition , skeleton and small seconds (M0A10735)
This very graphic timepiece showcases the full stylistic and technical savoir-faire of Baume & Mercier with a hand-wound skeleton movement displaying small seconds at 6 o’clock on a blue sapphire dial with a black flange. The Arabic numerals and indexes are rhodium-plated, as are the leaf hands of the hours, minutes and small seconds. The minute track is white.
The round case in polished stainless steel has a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 8.95 mm. It is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal which, like the case back, may be engraved.
The movement offers a 46-hour power reserve and oscillates at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vph). The watch is water-resistant to 5 ATM (approx. 50 m).
The piece includes two interchangeable straps equipped with a very reliable spring bar system that makes it possible to change them without the use of tools. The first is in dark blue Holland & Sherry Super 120 wool with colored saddle stitching, while the second is in black alligator. Each is topped with a stainless steel pin buckle.
The Classima Collection continues to grow, diversify, and assert its distinctiveness. Its understatement is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a creative playground which addresses the historical aspirations of Baume & Mercier: to conceive of a fine watch as a designer object. Any of its watches makes the ideal Christmas gift which will delight technical watchmaking aficionados and aesthetic lovers alike.
Founded in 1830 at the heart of Swiss Jura, the Baume & Mercier watch manufacture enjoys international renown. From its workshops at the heart of Swiss Jura to its headquarters based in Geneva, the Brand offers its clients the very finest timepieces. Borne by a complementary balance between an artistic approach to shape and watchmaking innovation in the service of the client, the Baume & Mercier House continues to mark the history of watchmaking by passing down the design and watchmaking expertise that is the Brand’s legacy. This savoir-faire perfectly corresponds with the spirit of cooperation between the Brand’s founders William Baume & Paul Mercier: where classicism meets creativity, tradition meets modernity, and elegance meets character... In a more contemporary way than ever. In 2021, Baume & Mercier unveils new, exacting models that demonstrate the Brand’s change of direction as it sets its sights on new horizons. Today, more than ever before, Baume & Mercier is designing a collective, collaborative, responsible watchmaking approach shaped by design and creativity in order to lay the ground for cooperation and the sharing of experiences. Still in step with the times, the Brand is proud of this dynamic energy and of its attentiveness to social progress.