Baume & Mercier is a Swiss watchmaking company that was founded in 1830. Baume & Mercier asked me to wear one of their timepieces for a few weeks. When they presented me the watches to chose from, I chose the Classima ref. 10326. My first impression was that this watch is a little basic. It has the same mother of pearl dial and diamond index like just about any other average ladies watch. The steel case and bracelet made me feel like it would clash with my rose gold jewelry. Although it may be simple, at the end of the two weeks I discovered that it is quite a versatile timepiece. We had the watch on set in the Ace Photo Studio to take some photos as well.
The stainless steel case is 31mm in diameter, so it was more or less the same size watch I'm use to wearing, which is 33mm. The mother of pearl dial is accented by mixed indexes- four applied Roman Numerals and eight diamonds totaling 0.03 carats. There is also a date window at 3 o'clock which I liked being able to see every time I glanced at my wrist. The first thing I noticed about the watch was how easy it was to adjust the stainless steel bracelet. A lot of watches have tiny screws on both sides of the bracelet that you have to take out, and you have to make sure you don't lose them. The Classima has one long screw that goes through the entire width of the bracelet. This meant there were fewer screws I had to worry about losing which was nice.
I also ended up wearing this watch to a wedding in Scotland. While I usually think a steel bracecelet is quite casual, I thought the diamonds on the dial combined with the mother of pearl dial made the watch more dressy. The 31mm diameter made the watch more versatile for formal wear, too. The steel and diamonds matched perfectly with the accessories I wore to the wedding. I sytled the watch with a LBD and silver Miu Miu accessories. I ended up getting compliments on the watch at the wedding as well. While it is a simple watch, it is really versatile. I was able to wear it for a formal occassion, but also with just jeans and a t-shirt.
The watch is powered by a Swiss-made Quartz movement. Normally I prefer a handwound movement, I think there is something almost romantic about getting up and winding your watch. The caseback of the watch did leave something to be desired, not that one see's the inside of the watch, but the engraving on the caseback could have had some more consideration for not much extra effort. This watch retails for EUR1.690 including VAT which makes it fairly in reach for a lot of women out there looking for a watch that they can wear every day, from day to night.