Yep, it is a full 31 day day-counter .
And I really like that one. Although I have to say, I kind of prefer the FC Slimline Moonphase. However, I cannot exactly remember why. I like the blue dialed variant of what you posted.
Yes and no. I think, TWAT-cred and the vagaries of fashion aside, Baume and Mercier make some very nice looking watches. But yours (Capeland chrono, right?) is nicer.
There are a few things about this: first, it's really big. Does he want this for a dress watch? 43mm x 12+mm is Panerai chunk, without the casual looks. Second, although I think regulator dates are cool. having the mix of Arabic numbers and sticks inside the date ring makes it look kind of squashed and jumbled to me: most regulators are quite minimalist otherwise, in my limited experience - the FC is a nice example. With all the numbers and windows and whatnot here, it becomes a bit of a dog's dinner to me. I mean, it's kind of pretty, in an oversized, dressy-casualy crossover IWC Portuguese kind of way. But there's too much going on for that to work in my opinion. And thirdly (this is very much my personal brain wiring at fault, I know), but a triple calendar that isn't also at least an annual calendar, always seems half-assed to me. It looks like a calendar, but it kind of isn't. It's a date window with pretensions.
And one more thing: it's getting on for $4k isn't it? As discussed over the last few pages, there are some nice watches in that price range, and many of them too big for Kaplan at least, especially if your friend does indeed want a larger dress watch. That money buys anything from a Speedmaster at the sporty end, to the (very nice) FC Nuke mentioned at the dressy end, and a hundred in between. So I'm not quite getting why you settled here? Of course, everyone has their own taste - my illogical love for the Speedy moonphase is no less strange I suppose. And if that chunkier, more industrial kind of dressy is what he wants, then why not? I'd maybe suggest Zenith as another maker to look at in that range for a similar feel, then: smart, but very metallic and masculine, and biggish.
But let's humour you. Let's imagine it's just a big love for Baume and Mercier, or your uncle owns the AD, or there's some weird kind of numerology in the name that I can never hope to understand until Cthulhu wakes. If it's B&M, how about this?
This is the "Classima". It is about the same price I think, perhaps only a shade more but your Stitchy powers can take care of that. And viz. my three points above:
- It's still really big for a dress watch at 42mm by 10mm. But when those two measurements are combined, I think the difference is very significant in feel. It's big if he likes big, but it's not quite silly.
- The dial still has some numbers around some other numbers, but the way the dial is laid out, and the use of four Romans instead of six Arabics makes it much less cluttered. The guilloche is pretty and dressy, and it just feels nicely balanced to me. Oh, and the feuille hands soften the whole thing a bit. Sure, it's not got a moonphase or a day of the week, but the moonphase on the other wasn't a particularly nice one anyway (flat, insipid, too big), and if you don't know what day of the week it is, your choice of watch might not be the biggest issue in your life.
- Which leads me on to the calendar: it's a proper annual calendar. Until February 29 ever four years, it knows what the date is. That would make me happier.
Anyway, as I said, there's a bit of "yes" to your question: at first glance, I think it's quite pretty. But with a bit of closer observation, I think you can do your friend a better service. :)
Agreed 100%. I would look for vintage 1960's Omegas - the one I have fits the bill of what you're looking for.
Yes, it is! I've been looking for one since you recommended me one of those and this one is very cool!