On this blog, I write about luxury watches for women.  There are many of them, and more coming along every day.  They come in all styles and colors and many of them are very attractive.

The problem with most of them, unfortunately, is that they are prohibitively expensive.  Many of the watches I’ve written about on this blog cost upwards of $10,000 and some cost as much as 50 times as much.

baume & mercier classima moon phaseIt’s fun to read about such beautiful timepieces, but every now and again, it’s nice to find one that’s affordable.  Granted, “affordable” means something different to everyone, and my budget may not reflect yours.  But as luxury watches go, anything in the low four figures is a relative bargain.

That’s where the new Baume & Mercier Classima Moon Phase fits in.  No, it’s not cheap, by any means, but it does have a suggested retail price of under $2000, which means that with a bit of shopping around, you might be able to find it for as little as $1500.

So what do you get for this price?  You get a watch from Baume & Mercier, for starters, and that’s not too shabby.

The case will be stainless steel, rather than gold, but it’s an attractive case material.  You’ll get a sapphire crystal over the watch face.   The movement is a Swiss-made quartz movement.

At 36.5 mm wide, the case is somewhat large, but not overly so.

baume & mercier classima moon phaseFeatures include the time of day, the date, and the phases of the moon. set on a diamond-set mother of pearl face.   There are Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, with diamond indices to mark the other hours.  The bracelet is an alligator strap, which seems to be available only in blue.

The arrangement of the face is a bit different than one might expect.  Ordinarily, a watch with a date complication will have the date at 3 o’clock.  A watch with a moon phase complication usually shows the phases at 6 o’clock.

The Classima Moon Phase mixes things up a bit, and puts the moon phase display “above the fold”, appearing just below the 12 o’clock position.  The date appears at 6 o’clock.

Phases of the moon are becoming a rather common feature these days, particularly among women’s watches.  That’s fine; it’s a nice, if unnecessary feature, but it’s good to see someone thinking outside of the box to try to rearrange things a bit so that they don’t all look the same.

The result is a a watch with a surprisingly clean, and elegant look.  You’ll get a beautiful watch that’s suitable for wearing at both formal and informal occasions, and it will look like you paid a lot more for it than you actually did.

Like I said, writing about luxury watches necessarily means that I will tend to write about watches that are well out of the reach of most people in terms of price.  It’s nice, every now and again, to find something that I can write about that will be affordable to at least some of my readers.

This one is a beauty.  You can read more about the Classima Moon Phase at the Baume & Mercier Website.