SIHH 2012: Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph (Black Dial)

Here’s a first look at the Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph that will be officially unveiled January 2012 in Geneva.   Although this watch is merely a new color-variation on the same model introduced at SIHH 2011 (see the 2011, white dial Capeland Flyback Chrono here — itself a re-intepretation of a historic single-pusher chronograph produced by the brand in 1948), it is hard not to appreciate the new look.  Though the dial is a bit busy, it is busy in a tasteful way, and the brown earth-toned dial markings and strap go very nicely with the black dial.  The one con for this piece is the price — the 2011 model listed at $7,500, which puts it in competition with some Rolex, Omega and other brands with strong value propositions.  This said, it looks like the watch is selling grey market for closer to $5,500, a bit more reasonable, but still too much for my tastes.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

42mm stainless steel case, automatic mechanical movement, on dark brown alligator strap