To deal with the difficulty instantly, the Baume & Mercier Riviera is as respectable as some other luxurious sports activities watch with an built-in bracelet that appears and feels just like the Royal Oak. The Riviera assortment was launched in 1973, a 12 months after AP’s Royal Oak and years forward of Patek’s Nautilus, Vacheron’s 222 and the IWC Ingenieur SL. The Riviera assortment has been redesigned 5 instances since 1973, at all times to match the tendencies of the second. The model offered the newest and fifth technology in 2021. And now, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the sporty-chic Riviera, Baume & Mercier launches two variations of a brand new Riviera Azur 300m, inviting you to dive into the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
It’s greater than truthful to start out speaking concerning the new watch from Baume & Mercier by remembering Jean-Claude Gueit, a “watch stylist” to whom we owe the unique Riviera, but additionally the Nineteen Eighties Piaget Polo, and whose genius was sought by Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Corum, Girard-Perregaux, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Harry Winston, Hermès and different firms he did work for. Jean-Claude Gueit, who spent most of his life with Piaget, belonged to the identical technology as Gerald Genta however didn’t obtain as a lot publicity. Though most watch followers are acquainted with the rainbow setting, not many know that Jean-Claude Gueit invented it. Jean-Claude Gueit handed away three years in the past, however his legacy is with us. As a determine who helped form the picture of the fashionable watch, his contribution to watchmaking is gigantic. The primary diving mannequin appeared within the Riviera assortment in 1981; the brand new references maintain a few of that Nineteen Eighties stylish however adjust to up to date dive watch requirements.
Because the title hints, the brand new Baume & Mercier Riviera Azur 300m is a diver’s watch with a 30 ATM/300m water resistant case. The Riviera Azur dodecagonal chrome steel case measures 42mm and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with a lacquered phase that’s graduated to mark the primary quarter-hour of the hour. For optimum usability, the metal bezel options an anodised aluminium ring with colored notched inserts for higher dealing with. Each the case and bezel are polished and satin completed; the bezel markings embrace lacquered numerals, whereas the dots and the triangle are coated with Tremendous-LumiNova.
The 2 new Rivieras may be seen as a diver’s model of the sooner Riviera Baumatic fashions. One sports activities a smoked-blue sapphire dial with waves décor and a blue rubber strap with different blue design options to assist the Mediterranean spirit. For this blue reference, Baume & Mercier selected a beige lume with blue emission to deal with the bezel parts and the hour and minute arms and the central seconds hand is painted blue. The screw-down crown has a blue ring, finishing the blue-coloured parts listing.
The second Riviera Azur 300m is all about black accents. The seconds hand is black, as are the lacquered bezel phase, the notches and the crown’s ring. The dial is smoked gray sapphire crystal with waves. The Tremendous-LumiNova on this watch is gray with the identical blue emission as the sooner talked about reference. This watch has an built-in and interchangeable 3-row chrome steel bracelet with polished and satin-finished surfaces.
The brand new Baume & Mercier Riviera Azur 300m fashions are powered by the Baumatic BM13-1975A motion, which you’ll see by means of the sapphire dodecagonal caseback. This manufacture calibre has a commendable 5-day energy reserve, supplies good safety in opposition to magnetic fields and claims every day accuracy of -4/+6 seconds/day (equal to COSC requirements). Other than the hour, minutes and seconds, the Riviera Azur 300m additionally has a date indication, displaying between 4 and 5 o’clock within the aperture. To focus on the reliability of the Baumatic actions, Baume & Mercier now presents an prolonged 8-year assure (2 regulatory years and a 6-year extension); all that’s required is to register your watch on-line.
The Blue and Rubber mannequin is priced at EUR 4,150, and the Black and Metal version is priced at EUR 4,350. To study extra, please go to www.baume-et-mercier.com.