Baume et Mercier Classima Jumping Hour Watch Review

 

Considering that Baume & Mercier's 'Classima' collection was launched less than six year ago, we find ourselves looking at a very generous offering that blends contemporary and classic into a successful range. A range that according to some was let down by infrequent visits of more advanced complications - that is until the arrival of Classima Automatic Jumping Hour Limited Edition.

This latest offering still honors Classima's own heritage, which extends from form through to mechanical content. Limited to 500 pieces, available only in a 42mm highly-polished stainless steel case, and is waterproof to 30m.

Whilst the case does not bring surprises to the Classima range, the layout of the watch-face is quite a treat. Atypically of Baumet & Mercier, not only are the hours presented 'digitally', but not a single dial is located at the centre of the watch-face. The jumping-hour function is complemented by its silvered “barleycorn” guilloché dial with black numerals. The seconds and minute hands are located at the six and twelve clock position respectively, which in itself would suggest a radical solution, however that is not quite the case. The movement used is a Dubois Depaz 14400, which in itself based on the well-known ETA 2892-A2 automatic calibre. The necessary modifications do not effect the power reserve, which when fully wound, stands at a proud 40 hours. The movement adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” motif. A sapphire crystal case-back revealing the personalized oscillating weight bearing the brand’s PHI symbol.

Whilst by any standards a superb timepiece, unfortunately it is in danger of being overshadowed by its super-sibling the "William Baume XL Jumping Hour" presented earlier this year. Similar at a glance, but boasting a more advanced complication in all models barring one, more elaborate finish all around, and available in a gold case.

The question is, will the 'inferior' younger brother due to be launched in January at the SIHH be unattractive enough in comparison to the golden siblings that is 1mm smaller, in order to miss the invitation to the party? Unlikely. It will be a popular choice for those looking for the familiarity and quality traditionally associated with the brand, and still looking for something 'young' and slightly quirky, and B&M.