Baume & Mercier, a Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches from the Richemont Group, has a good balance between quality and price. Next, I present one of the most exciting novelty of last year, the Baume & Mercier Classima 10484 complete calendar watch.
Baume & Mercier Classima 10484 – Chronograph Complete Calendar
Blue-dialed and proportional to its functions, exactly 42 millimeters, the Classima 10484 sparked my interest fresh from early summer, when Baume & Mercier introduced this watch as part of its three models in its Classima collection. In addition to the Chronograph Complete Calendar, the manufacturer introduced Dual Time and Small Seconds – all in steel and leather bracelet versions.
There were three reasons for my interest; firstly, the number of complications, secondly, the size of the watch and the successful design of the watch face, how the complications were implanted, and third, a very reasonable price tag for the functions.
Complications and their usability
The biggest reason for my interest was the numerous calendar complications of the watch , which are basically only two steps up; annual calendar and perpetual calendar, the latter of which can also be found in Baume & Mercier’s selections as the Baumatic gold cased models – with a price tag of around EUR 24,000.
A typical mortal wristwatch with complete calendar features is affordable in terms of price and availability, as we are talking a bit about complications, starting with a few thousand euros upwards, depending on the manufacturer. For Baume & Mercier, this price / quality ratio is perhaps the best we can get at least in Europe.
The complications of Classima 10484 are comprehensive; month, day of week, date, lunar month, chronograph and 24-hour display. This brings us to perhaps the most challenging feature of the complication watch, which is how to accurately adjust all of the above functions except the stopwatch. And how they are kept right. Fortunately, Baume & Mercier has made this quite easy for its user.
The difference between complete calendar and cnnual calendar comes from the fact that where the annual calendar only needs to be targeted once a year at the end of February, the complete calendar must be targeted in those months, at least for a date that is less than 31 days long. Perpetual calendar is the most complicated watch against this light because it “remembers” months of different lengths, including leap years, so that the day of the week and the date are always in sync.
Except for the day of the week, the various functions of the watch are controlled by the crown in its various positions. These functionalities include, in addition to the time shift, the pointer of the date on the bezel, which is also “rotated” to control the change of month. Similarly, the lunar cycle is controlled by the pusher. To move the day of the week, the watch has a small pusher at 10 o’clock, which is accompanied by a small tool.
Functional segregation is made with the intention of avoiding unnecessary adjustment of the date at the turn of the month. For February or any other month less than 31 days, just a quick diary transfer will suffice. Or, if the watch has stopped, you do not need to adjust it by turning the watch hands in the traditional way – unless the watch has stopped recently, which is obviously the easiest way.
The biggest trouble with getting a stopped watch at the right time is actually adjusting the lunar cycle, which is not difficult either, as long as you know where the moon is.
One thing worth noting about the feel of the crown is the rather rough feel of the watch, which is significantly different from the silky-smooth feel of the manufacturer’s Baumatic. This is a familiar thing to those who have used the Valjoux movement, but if you find a Baume & Mercier powered by Baumatic in your watch box, you will clearly notice the difference.
The watch has a size of 42 millimeters and a thickness of 13.25 millimeters, which is not the smallest of the smallest, but relatively compact in size with the features packed into the used movement (Valjoux 7751).
Despite the number of functions, the watch face of the Classima 10484 and its 10485 steel bracelet sibling is not confusing as it combines a number of functionalities with small auxiliary displays, such as the day of the week, months and a 30-minute chronograph.
The watch face has a beautiful and balanced look to my eyes, which has been brought to life by various patterns. In the middle of the dial is a beautiful Barleycorn motif, which is familiar to many Longines watches. My only complaint about the dial is the rhodium plated dials, which in certain lighting conditions are not optimal for reading the time.
In terms of style
If we focus purely on the style of the watch, things are fine. The size and design of the watch make it easy to fit on most wrists, and it also slides under the collar sleeve. Elegance for the watch comes with a high quality black alligator bracelet with a high quality polished butterfly clasp.
The sportiness of the watch, in turn, extends its purpose to more casual business casual wear, making the Classima 10484 a great casual watch for both business and leisure wear. This also reflects the typical user of Baume & Mercier.
Regardless of the collection, Baume & Mercier offers stylish wristwatches in the price range of 1-5 thousand euros, and the Classima 10484 presented today is no exception. The manufacturer’s positioning on Richemont’s entry level is well-considered and fits well with most consumer wallets.
In a Nutshell
- Model: Baume & Mercier Classima 10484
- Movement: Valjoux 7751 automatic
- RPM: 4 Hz (28,800 A / h)
- Power reserve: 48 hours
- Watch case: stainless steel
- Diameter without crown: 42 mm
- Thickness: 13.25 mm
- Glass: Sapphire
- Water resistanve: 50 m
- Lug width: 22 mm
- Bracelet: Black alligator leather with butterfly clasp
- Price: around 4,100 euros